Pelican1 has sailed over 64,000 NM (Nautical Miles) doing sea projects, many of these with traditional owners working in Sea Country. For 10 years we have been flying the same Aboriginal Flag from one of our stays. I have felt very fortunate to be working and helping create sea projects on Pelican, particularly when we're travelling in Sea Country with TO's (Traditional Owners). Pelican is a wonderful vessel, built to carry many people in relative comfort, allowing groups to journey to Sea Country that is very remote. The picture below was taken at White Sands, Cape York. The Wuthathi elder, pictured below, was making a trip there from Lockhart with three families. The Wuthathi have been part of this Country for an extraordinarily long time and have managed in recent times to protect this amazing place from sand mining. White Sands is situated near the very tip of Eastern Cape York.
The first image shows our now very tattered flag flying in the winds on Port Phillip Bay. Almost as far South as you can travel from Wuthathi Sea Country in Australia. It has also been flown in Tasmania, which is as South as the Australian continent extends. Those sea miles were creating going up and down our coastline many many times.
For the last couple of years we have been meaning to buy a new flag for the boat, but we all get so busy and then all of a sudden we are starting the next project and welcoming Aboriginal people on board and hauling up the sea-loved flag again.
But not this year's Two Bays. I have finally bought us a brand, spanking new flag!