Saving Torres Strait Pearls

Coming up

help needed


Please help if you can

Antonia is undergoing full restoration in Cairns.  We require all the help we can get from funds, materials, volunteer support and expertise.  If you would like to assist please get in touch.

Mike Smith,  Director

  • Only 18 luggers are believed to exist that worked the waters of the Torres Strait and Far North Queensland
  • 300 crew of many nationalities died in the 1899 pearling disaster at Cape Melville.
  • Pearl lugger Antonia A99 holds the record for pearl shell at 22 tonne.
  • Antonia's sister-ship Anniki A98 was in the movie Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

Pearl diver pump

Restoration of our pearl diver air pump begins.

antonia a99  

Antonia is getting a new deck and cabins.

Cape melville

Visiting Hopevale and Cooktown for the 1899 Pearling Disaster

windsong v

Researching the former missionary vessel WINDSONG V

antonia a99