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PL12 The Platypus – Peel Island’s incredible hulk

Since 1926 the rusting remains of the dredge Platypus has been a well-known landmark for boaties frequenting the waters surrounding Peel Island. But not for much longer …
The Platypus was sunk on Thursday, 21st October 1926 and for the next 90 years, the Platypus served faithfully as a breakwater for Peel’s stone jetty where vessels were able to unload visitors and stores for the island’s lazaret (leprosarium).
At times the leprosy patients would moor their boats alongside the Platypus and sleep the night on her decks ready for an early start to the next day’s fishing. Schnapper were in abundance then, as well as Parrot fish, the largest of which was some 10lb. There was also reputed to be a 500lb Grouper living in the vicinity of the Platypus, a rumour that was to persist for the next half century. Red and Yellow Sweetlip, Cod, Sole, Tailor and Flathead were also caught in abundance.

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