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We went to Hook Island Wilderness Resort in the Whitsunday Islands, which are magnificent, by the way.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover our mode of transport would be the "Flying Cloud", a 1938 fully refurbished 72ft, top sail schooner. The boat was beautiful. We were called on to help out with the sails. It was about a 2 hour sail to Hook among all the islands of the Whitsundays. It was a memorable experience.

Anyway, here is a capture of the Flying Cloud. Comments and critiques are appreciated!

From www.escapewithet.com: "Tall Ship - the Flying Cloud. Ahoy me hearties, hoist the mainsail and all that jazz !

Well this may not be the usual boat test, but its perfect for today as we go on our search for some hidden treasure.

I'm aboard the Flying Cloud - a magnificent tall ship that runs out of Laguna Quays, taking day trips around Repulse Bay.

It looks like a peaceful cruise.. but there's no rest for the wicked!

The captain's ordered me to get into some hard work so better get to it. We all know what happens to sailors who don't pull their weight.

The Flying Cloud was first launched in 1934 as a trading ship…but during the second world war.. she joined the US marines.

At the outbreak of war, the marines took her over, and used her throughout the south pacific, delivering mail, water - carrying marines, some alive, some not.

In 1988, this grand old lady was totally refitted with beautiful Tasmanian pine for the Tall Ships race.

And to add to the splendour of the flying cloud, most of the fittings are authentic, like this paraffin lamp used to check out cargo at night, or supply light for the compass.

She certainly knows how to handle the high seas."

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