Polly Woodside Melbournes Tall Ship Story
Polly Woodside is a historic museum ship moored at South Wharf, a tangible reminder of Australia's rich maritime heritage. Launched in 1885 in Belfast, the Polly Woodside made 17 trips around the world and operated between Australia and New Zealand. She was used as a coal ship following World War Two, and by 1968 was the last square-rigged deep-water commercial sailing ship still afloat in Australasia. Since being sold to the National Trust (for one cent!), the Polly Woodside has welcomed thousands of would-be pirates and history buffs aboard and enjoys the highest level of State Heritage protection. A fun and educational program keeps kids entertained with such larks as daily tours, Pirate Sundays on the first Sunday of the month, school excursions and events.