OUR SITE CONTAINS IMAGES FROM THE DAYS OF PEARLING LUGGERS AND MISSIONARY VESSEL AND AS SUCH INCLUDES IMAGES OF SOME THAT MAY BE DECEASED
The Missionary Vessel Stephen Davies was built in Brisbane in 1952 for the Anglican Church and named after the first Bishop of Carpentaria. Built by the same shipwrights as our lugger ANTONIA, she is of similar size yet with a traditional clipper bow being her point of difference.
It was designed as a cargo boat to carry supplies from Thursday Island to the Anglican run missions on Cape York and was registered to carry 25 tonnes of cargo. When the the Cape York missions were taken over by the state government the MV Stephen Davies was included.
Department of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs (DAIA) trucks would deliver supplies for building, medical aid posts etc to the wharf where they were loaded onto the boat. The Island Industries Board (IIB) would arrange for food stuffs to be loaded.
We are currently working towards gaining AMSA survey in 1E to operate as a voyaging museum display and educational platform. Future goals include 1D and 2C for extended Cape York voyages. If you would like to join the team and support this restoration please get in touch.