HAPPY DAYS: Mario and Mabel Mercorella take a trip down memory lane on the Dennison Star last week.
HAPPY DAYS: Mario and Mabel Mercorella take a trip down memory lane on the Dennison Star last week.

Keppel Bay residents reminisce aboard all vessel

LONG time locals took a step down memory lane last week when the Denison Star moored in Keppel Bay Marina on its way to Tasmania to take part in the Wooden Boat festival last week.

Keppel Bay Marina General Manager Kylie Smith said the sight of the 48 year old vessel docking at the marina brought quite a few smiles to long term residents reliving some of their memories of times gone past.

"The Denison Star was utilised for cruises and trips to Great Keppel Island back in the 1980s,” Ms Smith said.

"People have related some fabulous stories about trips to GKI and all the recollections are based on fond memories.

"It has been wonderful to see the smiles the vessel has evoked, we all treasure fond memories and having this iconic vessel come back through the Keppel Bay waters is a lovely reminder of just how much fun can be had in our region.”

Launched in 1969, the 107-foot motor-cruiser is one of the largest vessels ever built from Huon pine and is steeped in maritime history.

Until the 80s it worked as a cruise boat on the Gordon River in Tasmania.

She was then used as a private and commercial vessel throughout Queensland and Tasmania until 2001.



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