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Ghost Ship: the famous research ship of the late Steve Irwin, Croc One, falls into disrepair at the former family home on Minyama Island, 13 years after the death of the conservationist

Steve Irwin's famous research vessel Croc One – once his pride and joy – falls into disrepair at the largely abandoned family home 13 years after the death of the conservationist.

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The 44-year-old, known to millions around the world as & # 39; the crocodile hunter & # 39 ;, filmed a documentary on the ship when he was mortally stabbed in the heart by a stingray in Batt Reef, Queensland on September 4, 2006 .

Originally designed as one of & # 39; the world's most advanced scientific research vessels, it planned to travel through North Queensland four months a year for & # 39; rescue operations of # crocodiles and marine animals.

Ghost Ship: the famous research ship of the late Steve Irwin, Croc One, falls into disrepair at the former family home on Minyama Island, 13 years after the death of the conservationist

Ghost Ship: the famous research ship of the late Steve Irwin, Croc One, falls into disrepair at the former family home on Minyama Island, 13 years after the death of the conservationist

But Croc One is now neglected outside the Irwin family home on Minyama Island, a series of luxury canal houses on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

The exclusive photos of Daily Mail Australia show that it has fallen into disrepair since Steve's death, and the once pristine boat looks discolored, with rust on the bow and parts of the port side.

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The ship is now a macabre tourist attraction for people sailing along the canals, with guides telling stories about the famous conservationist.

The guides claim that Croc One is only used on a single occasion when it is chartered by tourists for whale watching or diving.

There is no suggestion that the boat is unsafe.

Lost, but not forgotten: Steve, known to millions around the world as & # 39; the crocodile hunter & # 39 ;, filmed a documentary on the ship when he was mortally stabbed in the heart on September 4, 2006 by a stingray in Batt Reef , Queensland. Pictured with wife Terri and daughter Bindi on June 29, 2002 in Hollywood, California

Lost, but not forgotten: Steve, known to millions around the world as & # 39; the crocodile hunter & # 39 ;, filmed a documentary on the ship when he was mortally stabbed in the heart on September 4, 2006 by a stingray in Batt Reef , Queensland. Pictured with wife Terri and daughter Bindi on June 29, 2002 in Hollywood, California

Lost, but not forgotten: Steve, known to millions around the world as & # 39; the crocodile hunter & # 39 ;, filmed a documentary on the ship when he was mortally stabbed in the heart on September 4, 2006 by a stingray in Batt Reef , Queensland. Pictured with wife Terri and daughter Bindi on June 29, 2002 in Hollywood, California

The exclusive photos of Daily Mail Australia show that it has fallen into disrepair since Steve's death, and the once pristine boat looks discolored, with rust on the bow and parts of the port side

The exclusive photos of Daily Mail Australia show that it has fallen into disrepair since Steve's death, and the once pristine boat looks discolored, with rust on the bow and parts of the port side

The exclusive photos of Daily Mail Australia show that it has fallen into disrepair since Steve's death, and the once pristine boat looks discolored, with rust on the bow and parts of the port side

Neglected: the ship is now a tourist attraction for people sailing along the canals, with guides telling stories about the famous conservationist
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Neglected: the ship is now a tourist attraction for people sailing along the canals, with guides telling stories about the famous conservationist

Neglected: the ship is now a tourist attraction for people sailing along the canals, with guides telling stories about the famous conservationist

Early Plans: Originally designed as one of & # 39; s the world's most advanced scientific research vessels, Croc One had plans to travel North Queensland four months of the year for & # 39; rescue crocodiles and marine animals & # 39;

Early Plans: Originally designed as one of & # 39; s the world's most advanced scientific research vessels, Croc One had plans to travel North Queensland four months of the year for & # 39; rescue crocodiles and marine animals & # 39;

Early Plans: Originally designed as one of & # 39; s the world's most advanced scientific research vessels, Croc One had plans to travel North Queensland four months of the year for & # 39; rescue crocodiles and marine animals & # 39;

Steve said proudly about the boat on the Croc One website, which is still active but has not been updated for years, & # 39; Crikey, it is not beautiful! & # 39;

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He wrote that Croc One is designed to save injured animals … and will always be there to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wildlife can count on her. & # 39;

Steve said it took a year of research before construction began on Croc One, which he described as the ultimate natural ship.

& # 39; And here she is ... & # 39 ;: When the boat was first built, Steve boasted about his specifications on the Croc One website, which is still active but has not been updated for years.

& # 39; And here she is ... & # 39 ;: When the boat was first built, Steve boasted about his specifications on the Croc One website, which is still active but has not been updated for years.

& # 39; And here she is … & # 39 ;: When the boat was first built, Steve boasted about his specifications on the Croc One website, which is still active but has not been updated for years.

Conservation: According to Steve, Croc One is designed to rescue & # 39 injured animals ... and will always be there to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wildlife can count on her & # 39;

Conservation: According to Steve, Croc One is designed to rescue & # 39 injured animals ... and will always be there to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wildlife can count on her & # 39;

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Conservation: According to Steve, Croc One is designed to rescue & # 39 injured animals … and will always be there to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wildlife can count on her & # 39;

& # 39; I have this beautiful 75 & # 39; ship personally designed and refined to deliver the ultimate performance during our nature expeditions, & he wrote.

& # 39; This honest dinkum, robust, deep probe expedition boat gives us the opportunity to investigate crocs and all other marine animals in remote locations.

& # 39; My goal in building Croc One was to produce a vessel that was able to explore unspoilt and remote locations to explore, document, discover, and rescue our precious wildlife. & # 39;

& # 39; You could almost land a jumbo jet on the upper deck! & # 39; Steve gave a detailed picture of how the boat was built on his website, in addition to some rather energetic captions

& # 39; You could almost land a jumbo jet on the upper deck! & # 39; Steve gave a detailed picture of how the boat was built on his website, in addition to some rather energetic captions

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& # 39; You could almost land a jumbo jet on the upper deck! & # 39; Steve gave a detailed picture of how the boat was built on his website, in addition to some rather energetic captions

However, the log of the website shows that Croc One had only one mission since 2006: help with the research project, Gray Nurse Shark Watch, which collected data about the behavior of the endangered shark species.

However, the log of the website shows that Croc One had only one mission since 2006: help with the research project, Gray Nurse Shark Watch, which collected data about the behavior of the endangered shark species.

However, the log of the website shows that Croc One had only one mission since 2006: help with the research project, Gray Nurse Shark Watch, which collected data about the behavior of the endangered shark species.

Steve gave a detailed picture of how the boat was built on his website, and wrote energetic captions such as: & These engines just spin … and talk about power! Croc One could surpass the Queen Mary!

& # 39; I absolutely love to sit in the engine room and listen to that & # 39; s hum! She's a little ripper! & # 39;

However, the log of the website shows that Croc One had only one mission since 2006: help with the research project, Gray Nurse Shark Watch, which collected data about the behavior of the endangered shark species.

Croc One now sits next to the four-bedroom property, Minyama Island, purchased by Steve and his wife Terri, 55, in May 2004 for $ 3.22 million (photo), which was once the most important family home

Croc One now sits next to the four-bedroom property, Minyama Island, purchased by Steve and his wife Terri, 55, in May 2004 for $ 3.22 million (photo), which was once the most important family home

Croc One now sits next to the four-bedroom property, Minyama Island, purchased by Steve and his wife Terri, 55, in May 2004 for $ 3.22 million (photo), which was once the most important family home

The house (photo) was probably loved by Steve, and conveniently located just 32 km from Australia Zoo (formerly Beerwah Reptile Park), where he spent a large part of his childhood

The house (photo) was probably loved by Steve, and conveniently located just 32 km from Australia Zoo (formerly Beerwah Reptile Park), where he spent a large part of his childhood

The house (photo) was probably loved by Steve, and conveniently located just 32 km from Australia Zoo (formerly Beerwah Reptile Park), where he spent a large part of his childhood

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Croc One is now sitting next to the luxury four-bedroom home that Steve and his wife Terri, 55, purchased in May 2004 for $ 3.22 million, which was once the most important family home.

The house was probably loved by Steve and conveniently located just 32 km from Australia Zoo (formerly Beerwah Reptile Park), where he spent a large part of his childhood.

Previously, when the locals discovered that Steve lived on that particular channel, they called it & # 39; Crikey Canal & # 39 ;.

There is even a statue of Steve with his children, Bindi and Robert, in the center of Mooloolaba, just a mile away.

Dedication: In the past, when the locals discovered that Steve lived on that particular channel, they called it & # 39; Crikey Canal & # 39 ;. There is even a statue (photo) of Steve with his children, Bindi and Robert, in the center of Mooloolaba, just a mile away

Dedication: In the past, when the locals discovered that Steve lived on that particular channel, they called it & # 39; Crikey Canal & # 39 ;. There is even a statue (photo) of Steve with his children, Bindi and Robert, in the center of Mooloolaba, just a mile away

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Dedication: In the past, when the locals discovered that Steve lived on that particular channel, they called it & # 39; Crikey Canal & # 39 ;. There is even a statue (photo) of Steve with his children, Bindi and Robert, in the center of Mooloolaba, just a mile away

On the Australia Zoo website is in the media section: & # 39; When the Irwins do not live in their Zoo house, they escape to their & # 39; outing & # 39; home to the Minyama canal. & # 39;

But the locals say they have not seen the family for years and that it is usually empty, except that it is rented by tourists or used as a & # 39; reward & # 39; for employees at the Australia zoo.

A boat guide told Daily Mail Australia: “It is treated more like a guest house, we never see the family in town.

The locals of Minyama Island say they have not seen Steve & # 39; s family for years and that the house is mostly vacant except that it is rented by tourists or used as a & # 39; reward & # 39; for employees at the Australia zoo. Pictured (from left to right): Bindi, Terri and Robert Irwin on 2 June 2019 in Los Angeles

The locals of Minyama Island say they have not seen Steve & # 39; s family for years and that the house is mostly vacant except that it is rented by tourists or used as a & # 39; reward & # 39; for employees at the Australia zoo. Pictured (from left to right): Bindi, Terri and Robert Irwin on 2 June 2019 in Los Angeles

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The locals of Minyama Island say they have not seen Steve & # 39; s family for years and that the house is mostly vacant except that it is rented by tourists or used as a & # 39; reward & # 39; for employees at the Australia zoo. Pictured (from left to right): Bindi, Terri and Robert Irwin on 2 June 2019 in Los Angeles

& # 39; I don't think they realize how much he is loved in these parts and that people come to our cruise, especially to catch a glimpse of his house. Steve loved it here.

& # 39; The house is only used very rarely. I know it is hired by tourists and is given as a holiday home for zoo staff. & # 39;

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Australia Zoo for comments.

The Crocodile Hunter: Steve, who died in 2006, is pictured with his father Bob Irwin (left), who founded the Australia Zoo in the 1970s as Beerwah Reptile Park

The Crocodile Hunter: Steve, who died in 2006, is pictured with his father Bob Irwin (left), who founded the Australia Zoo in the 1970s as Beerwah Reptile Park

The Crocodile Hunter: Steve, who died in 2006, is pictured with his father Bob Irwin (left), who founded the Australia Zoo in the 1970s as Beerwah Reptile Park

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