Historic Sailing Trip on Mersey River

64 ft
22 Guests

About This Boat


Take an unforgettable journey on "The Julie Burgess" for as little as $40!

"The Julie Burgess" is a fully restored historic ketch offering 2-hour sailings out the mouth of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait. 

"The Julie Burgess" is the last of the nearly 150 ketches built or operated by five generations of the Burgess family.  It was built in Ned Jack’s yard in Launceston in 1936 for Harry Burgess who named the vessel after his wife Julie. 

The aim of this historic sailing trip is to ‘catch the wind’, hoist the sails and experience the workings of this historic vessel.  With a ‘fair breeze’ the vessel heads west toward Mersey Bluff, further west to Don Heads before turning round in the Strait and heading back to Port.  Passengers get a different view of Devonport, the dolerite cliffs of Mersey Bluff and the north-west coastline.

While on board you’ll hear more about the ketch, now the last of the original fishing vessels that plied the seas around the Bass Strait and islands!

Looking for more adventure?

From time to time the Julie Burgess will take passengers on extended voyages which are more adventurous! Please contact us for details.


  • Type: Schooner
  • Capacity: 22 People
  • Year: 1936
  • Rental Minimum: 2 hours
  • Length: 64 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior


  • Inboard Engine
  • Wheel steering
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Furling Headsail
  • Furling Mainsail
  • Life jackets/required safety gear

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From Devonport

Member Since Jul 2015

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