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Curse of the Cindy Maree

CMII Throughout the annals of history there have been many stories of cursed ships.

From the Mary Celeste, to the Great Eastern and the Flying Dutchman, the world’s maritime history is populated with stories of the supernatural on the high seas.

But perhaps no ship has been more unfortunate than the Cindy Maree, and it's name-bearing successor, the Cindy Maree II.

Intrepid fishing duo Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart, from the Southern Cross television show Hook, Line and Sinker, rose to fame with the Cindy Maree, a remote-controlled boat purchased from a toy store in Launceston.

The boat became celebrated for catching a fish via remote control in what some have labelled a “world first”.

However, the Cindy Maree was attacked by a giant squid off Maria Island last year and was sent to the bottom, in what Mr Duigan called “one of Tasmania’s most significant maritime incidents”.

After sitting down with Australian Maritime College engineers last year, the duo commissioned a new boat, the Cindy Maree II, modelled on the AMC vessel Bluefin.

The pair were all set to demonstrate the Cindy Maree II at the UTAS 2011 Launceston Open Day on Sunday, with initial tests proving positive.

However, the vessel struck trouble early on Sunday, and the demonstration could not go ahead.

Mr Duigan was not buying into rumours of a curse on Sunday, admitting “we probably broke it” when AMC engineers were out of earshot.

AMC engineers have since pointed to a broken timing belt and “operator error” as the chief causes of Sunday’s break-down, and say the Cindy Maree II will be up and running again soon.

Published on: 22 Aug 2011 5:16pm