From humble beginnings...
Welcome to Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, a small family owned company that allows thousands of people each year to ‘step back in time’ aboard a historic Tall Ship and sail Sydney Harbour.
It has been said that the sailing ship is man’s most beautiful creation. To see a ship under sail upon the ocean is a breathtaking sight. To stand upon the deck and see the sails above and the sights of Sydney and our beautiful harbour all around is something to behold.
An experience aboard a Tall Ship takes in all the senses; you’ll smell the fragrance of her tar and timbers. Taste the salt in the air. Feel the deck underfoot and a rope in your hand as you take part in setting sail. Listen to the creak of her rigging, a boisterous song from the crew or, the peace and quiet as the ship glides silently through the water. And… feel the love and joy that sailing provokes.
Two local families purchased the first ship of Sydney Harbour Tall Ships' fleet, the Southern Swan, in 2007 because of the passion they have for our maritime history and the joy of sharing the experience of sailing these vessels from a past era. It was feared the ship might be sold overseas, as was the fate of the Bounty, or allowed to slowly rot away like the New Endeavour in the mid ‘80’s.
So many of these ships have been lost and there are not many of them left in the world – but we are determined to keep this dream alive and we invite you to be part of that dream and to experience it for yourself.
Our senior master and director is Captain Marty Woods who sailed as a trainee crew on the First Fleet Re-enactment. He then spent many years sailing the world in traditional sailing ships including a voyage around Cape Horn. Apart from being a qualified sea captain, he is also a shipwright, which means he is able to build and maintain ships like the Southern Swan. Marty is known for his inexhaustible energy, which is needed to keep the ship going, and for his huge smile, which is only matched by his appetite.
Our Mission Statement
We are passionate people delivering personal and engaging, world class experience. We treat and love our customers as if they were family. Our aim is to consistently exceed each customer’s expectations as we share the joy of incredible experiences that enrich people’s lives
We hope that you are inspired by the beauty of these classic ships, by the passion and hard work that has gone into restoring them and building an Aussie family business that changes people’s lives every day.
Click on an image below to discover our unique and authentic fleet