Batavia Road (boat)

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Batavia Road taking on passengers, circa 1947

Batavia Road was one of the first boats used for a commercial tourist operation in the Houtman Abrolhos.

Between 1946 and 1948, the Batavia Road and Suda Bay were used by Dal Gaze and Alan Fox to transport tourists to and from the Houtman Abrolhos, especially Pelsaert Island. This represents the first known commercial tourist operation in the Houtman Abrolhos. In 1948, the partnership between Gaze and Fox broke up, but Gaze continued using the Batavia Road for tourism, and also used it to transport stores to fishermen stationed in the Pelsaert Group. During a severe storm in June 1948, it ran aground on Half Moon Reef and was nearly sunk. Gaze eventually wound up his tourist operation in 1951.[1] The Batavia Road later foundered on rocks 30 kilometres (20 mi) north of Geraldton in January 1974.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Sustainable Tourism Plan for the Abrolhos Islands" (PDF). Fisheries Management Paper. Perth, Western Australia: Fisheries Western Australia. 2001. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dickson, Rod. Ships registered in Western Australia from 1856, Volume 7. p. 16. 
  • Uren, Norman (1949). Abrolhos Islands. Western Australian Education Department, Government Instructional Films (unpublished).