Sitting on board the May Queen, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had suddenly stepped back in time.

With its handcrafted wooden masts, sweeping sails and made-for-industry slick frame, it is all too easy to imagine yourself rolling up your sleeves and heading off for a day on the sea.

Built on the banks of the Huon River, the May Queen is something of a Tasmanian institution, and speaks to a bygone era when the state’s coastal towns were still dependent on these magnificent vessels for basic supplies.

Internationally recognised as an authentic example of leading sea-craft technology in the 1880s, it is clear to most visitors that climbing aboard this ship is a unique experience.

It is also Australia’s oldest sail trading vessel, which makes it something of a rarity in a country defined by its seafaring past.

Spending most of its time at Constitution Dock, the best time to visit the May Queen is during the summer months when volunteers will gladly share their own knowledge of the region’s maritime history with keen listeners.

Another reason to visit jump on board the May Queen is that it is one of the few free activities in the city – which is welcome relief to any parents worried about holding onto any loose change that is currently lining their hip pocket.

After your personal tour, you can have fun soaking in the sun and enjoying the view of the city from the water.

With this in mind, you might want to add a trip down memory lane to your list of activities to do on your next Tasmania adventure.

Just remember to try and arrive early in the morning, so that you can beat the crowds and still leave time for more sightseeing in the city’s maritime museum and harbourside historic quarter.

May Queen sternAboard the May Queen

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