A familiar set of sails has returned to the waters of the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina with Chinese Junk ‘Shaolin’ returning home to Port Douglas.
The vintage timber ship has been docked in Cairns for the last 12 months but has today returned home under new stewardship. Kate Agrums, sister to Flynn Bickford and now joint owner of the ship, said she is thrilled to have the Shaolin operating from Port Douglas again.
“Today is the start of our new partnership,” Ms Agrums said. “The Shaolin is one of the original Low Isles snorkelling boats and funnily enough, she was where I had my first job; when I was 16 worked on her in the school holidays.”
Ms Agrums has owned and run the historic Lady Douglas, sister-ship to Shaolin, for the last five years with her husband Lucas. Shaolin, along with Lady Douglas, has been ferrying locals and visitors over the pristine waters of the Far North for over 30 years.
Ms Agrums said it’s great to bring the Shaolin home and hinted at exciting new projects for the ship in the future. “I’m really excited, she is going to work really well alongside Lady Douglas, and I think people will put them in the same historical category because both have a lot of history and charm and have both been around a long time.”
Mr Bickford said he is looking forward to working with his sister in their home town. “It’s great to welcome Kate to the crew and we can’t wait to see all our old favourite guests back again; it’s great to be back.”