Date of Event: NA
Vessel type: Ketch, previously Schooner
Location: South Australia
Suggested title: Mary and the Leillateah
This is a remarkable story of a lovely lady, Mary. now in her 90's reminiscing on her life and experiences as a Ketch Hand on the Leillateah.
The Leillateah was a Ketch within the Mosquito Fleet, coined from the hundreds of ketches and schooners which plied South Australia's trade, inter trading the shallow ports and gulf waters.
Well respected, it could be heard aboard other vessels "Hold it Lads, here comes the Leillateah" when foul mouth discussions were taking place.
Mary held her own, helping to unload cargo, but she was well regarded for her cooking. Mary and her husband Murray, who owned the ketch would hang on to their crew for a far greater time than other ketch owners. The boys were well fed. This is a story of triumph, challenges and love.
Leillateah was named after the indigenous inhabitants of the Recherche Bay region, WA - the location of the vessels maiden voyage trading from Tasmania.
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