Avast ye scurvy dogs, the Jolly Roger be set to fly in Mandurah: council approves pirate-themed charter business

Avast ye scurvy dogs, the Jolly Roger be set to fly in Mandurah: council approves pirate-themed charter business

THERE will be plenty of Heave Ho Me Hearties and Ahoy Theres when Yorkshireman Ben Dougherty brings his pirate ship to Mandurah later this year.

Mr Dougherty received unanimous approval from City of Mandurah councillors when he applied for a trading licence to operate the 12m pirate-themed children’s charter tour business from the Town Jetty on the eastern foreshore.

The ship would berth overnight at Mandurah Marina.

The council was told the vessel differed from similar vessels in the area, focusing less on sightseeing tours and mainly on short joy rides for children between 15 and 30 minutes long with the potential to offer longer journeys and private bookings.

The ship, to be imported from the UK, would carry 60 passengers and be navigated by a qualified skipper.

The proposal received unanimous approval from councillors and deputy mayor Darren Lee said it was the sort of initiative that put Mandurah on the map.

Councillor Peter Jackson said it was a great initiative and he would welcome others like it.

Visit The Pirate Ship Mandurah.

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