B4 The Sam Male

A Broome lugger

One of the last luggers in Broome, the B4 wears the tell-tale colours of green and white of the Streeter and Male pearling fleet. The boat is named after Sam Male whose father and uncle set up Streeter & Male, one of the first pearling companies in Broome. After a fruitful working career, in 1977 she became a popular tourist icon in Broome. Purchased by the Shire of Broome, she was put on the Male Oval and regularly used as a stage for community music events during Shinju Matsuri and on New Years’ Eve. Her current lodgings are at the Pearl Luggers, where she continues to be used as a stage, and with her sails up, provides an atmospheric screen for projections and films.

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Pearl Luggers by Willie Creek

A real pearler

At the Pearl Luggers, now part of Willie Creek Pearls, you will discover the rich and fascinating history of pearling in Broome and be captivated by the tales of the sea, the people, and the legends...


31 Dampier Terrace
Broome WA 6725

Open Hours

Please view www.williecreekpearls.com.au or call (08) 9192 0000 to check opening hours.

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