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Historical boat reaches Australia

Spirit of Mystery
The crew spent five months sailing to Australia from Cornwall

The remaining three crew of a wooden fishing boat which had been sailing from Cornwall to Australia have arrived at their final destination, Melbourne.

The Spirit of Mystery, crewed by yachtsman Pete Goss and his relatives, sailed into the city's harbour earlier.

Their five-month trip, recreating the voyage made by seven Cornishmen 154 years ago, relied on sail power and traditional methods of navigation.

A fourth crew member who broke his leg had already been taken to safety.

The crew, which consisted of Mr Goss, his brother Andy, 42, and 14-year-old son Elliot, were greeted on their arrival by a local mayor and the president of the Cornish Association of Victoria.

Mr Goss said: "First thing off the boat we were given a pint and a pasty.

"Everyone is absolutely elated and there's just this huge sense of achievement.

"It's also been a lot of fun, and to have done it with my family has made it extra special.

"I can honestly say we didn't have a cross word during the trip."

He said the specially-constructed 37ft (11.2m) Cornish lugger had been "very impressive".

Mark Maidment
Mark Maidment is recovering after his leg was broken by a freak wave

Mr Goss, who lives in Cornwall with his wife and three children, said he was now deliberating whether to sail back to the UK via Cape Horn.

"It's just great to be here in Melbourne," he said.

"There are lots of people here, and loads and loads who are related to Cornish people.

"I feel very privileged to have been to do this."

Spirit of Mystery set sail from the Cornish port of Newlyn in November, retracing the journey made by seven Cornishmen in 1855.

They sailed from England to Australia to escape poverty and search for gold.

Spirit of Mystery's fourth crew member, Mr Goss's brother-in-law, Mark Maidement, is recovering from an operation after breaking his leg in two places.

He was injured on Tuesday when the boat was knocked over by a freak wave off Kangaroo Island, near southern Australia.

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