When author Claire Ryan moved to Emu Park, Queensland, she fell in love with the Singing Ship memorial. As a response to the place the Ship has played in her life and its place in the local culture Claire has compiled a history of the concept, design and building of the ‘singing’ memorial to Captain James Cook. From many interviews with the family of designer Peggy Westmoreland (including extracts from personal papers), interviews with the family of the builders, Steve and Isabel Kele and with the Bicentennial of Cook’s voyage committee members, this book offers a unique insight into a true Queensland icon just in time for its fiftieth birthday.