In 1798 the explorers Bass & Flinders were dispatched to ‘Van Dieman’s Land’ to ascertain if it was an island or not. They sailed with a crew of eight in HM Colonial Sloop Norfolk
right into the Tamar River and anchored off what is now George Town.
In 1998 the replica Norfolk
was constructed by Bern Cuthbertson and his team of volunteers at Ellendale. The hull is Huon Pine and the mast and deck are made out of Celery Top Pine. Not a screw or a nail was used – trunnels, or treenails, hold the vessel together.