On Sunday March 30th I visited the Sea Shepherd’s Australia flagship vessel, the M/Y Steve Irwin, which was docked at the historic seaport suburb of Williamstown, located south west of the Melbourne city centre, in the state of Victoria, Australia.
The dark cold forbidding weather failed to dampen my enthusiasm and in fact, the arctic blast added a ‘seafaring’ feel and enhanced the enjoyment of the day. As a bonus of making the trip, the dedicated and friendly crew of the Steve Irwin had a plethora of vegan sweet and savoury treats and merchandise available for purchasing which helps support their marine wildlife defence efforts and campaigns.
The 53-metre-long former Scottish Fisheries Protection Service vessel was purchased by the non-profit conservation organisation Sea Shepard in 2007. The vessel was initially named M/Y Robert Hunter after the Canadian co-founder of Greenpeace and then renamed in December 2007 in honour of Steve Irwin, the famous Australian conservationist who tragically died in 2006.
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
For further information about the great and critical work that Sea Shepherd Australia do please visit their website.