WBSW3: Sailing

8 September 2017, At sea between Fortescue Bay and Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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After our morning’s walk we headed off from Fortescue Bay towards Maria Island.

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This is the cockpit, I think, where we are able to sit in comfort enclosed from the weather and the spray and watch the world go by….

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Skipper James at the wheel.

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We were lucky with the conditions.  We had a good breeze behind us so we were able to cruise along under sail.  The main sail is up, slightly reefed.

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… and a jib is up on a fore mast.

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Looking up, at the bow.

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We were making so much headway that even the ocean was curving away from the boat.

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Looking back from the bow.

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Of course, there was also the passing countryside to observe.

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More from the stern, now.

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Silhouettes in the sun.

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Mitch, the cook, at the bow.

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Looking back from the bow.

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This one of me taken by the outgoing captain (whose name escapes me at the moment).  Mitch in the background.

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WBSW2: Canoe Bay

8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Canoe Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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Overnight, we moored nearby at Canoe Bay and in the morning went for a short walk of an hour or so back to Fortescue Bay along the Tasman Trail that runs through the bush along the coast.

 

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These cormorants must be on an old ship sunk as a breakwater for Canoe Bay.  I probably took this from the yacht or the zodiac.

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Jools crossing the bridge over Walkers Creek.

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Ferns fading away.

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A patch of coastline with a small wedge of Fortescue Bay beach in the distance.

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We walked through some fairly damp forest.

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… and after a while came out at Fortescue Bay Beach.

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WBSW1: Cape Hauy

7 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Cape Hauy, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 1

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A few weeks earlier, I undertook the Overland Track in Winter with the Tasmanian Walking Company.  Now, also with the same company, Jools and I were starting off on the six-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.  Each day we would go for walks in wild locations on the east coast of Tasmania and then we would sail on a 23-metre (75 foot) ketch to the next location.

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Looking back at the beach at Fortescue Bay.

We met at a hotel in Hobart at 7am and were driven through Eaglehawk Neck to Fortescue Bay, on the east cost of the Tasman Peninsula.  Here we commenced a four-hour return walk to Cape Hauy.

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Banksia Marginata.

There were five of us, plus a guide.  Later on the boat we would meet the two skippers (one handing over to the other) and the cook.

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Looking north.  Maria Island in the distance to the right.  We are to be heading in that direction.

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Cheverton Rock.

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Looking out to the end of the cape with Cheverton Rock in the distance (I had a long lens for the previous shot).

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Straight down.

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Looking south towards Cape Pillar.

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A small stack below the cliffs.

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We are walking back by this time.

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Here you can see the Tasman Island Lighthouse poking up behind the end of the Cape Pillar peninsula.

In 1987 I photographed Tasman Island Lighthouse from Cape Pillar as part of the From Dusk Till Dawn project.  One of those images became the frontispiece of the book (fourth image in this post).

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Looking back at Cheverton Rock.

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Looking north.  The rocks are about four kilometres away.  I was told their name but don’t remember.

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Rain was threatening but didn’t eventuate.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Now back near the Fortescue Bay beach,  some of our party are heading out to the Lady Eugenie, our home for the next five nights.

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Jetty Beach and Cloudy Bay

2 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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In the afternoon we visited Jetty Beach.  The name refers to the jetty that supplied the lighthouse at Cape Bruny, about five kilometres away.

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This is probably part of the 1916 jetty, that replaced the original one from the 1850s.

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Next we drove to Cloudy Bay and this is the mouth of Sheepwash Creek, flowing into the bay.

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Cloudy Bay.

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A little further on, we found surfers enjoying some waves.

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Still Cloudy Bay.  I’ve walked on past the surfers.

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There were also a few black swans around.

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Much Later, this is The Neck, a narrow strip of sand the joins the two halves of Bruny Island.  Usually you can see penguins at night here but this was closed for an upgrade of the infrastructure.

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Bruny Island Lighthouse

2 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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The last time I was in Bruny Island was when I photographed it in 1987 using large format film equipment for the Bicentennial history From Dusk Till Dawn.

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I took a similar photography in 1987, using a tripod but also lying on my back on the floor.

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Cape Bruny lighthouse commenced service in 1838, the third lighthouse in Tasmania and the fourth in Australia.  This followed the nearby wreck of the convict ship George III in 1835, which hit an uncharted rock in D’Entrecasteau Channel and 133 died out of 292.

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The light mechanism you see features Chance Brothers turntable and lenses which replaced the original mechanism in 1901 to 1903.

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In 1901-03 the light came from kerosene lamps.  There were replaced with electric lights in 1959.

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The brass vents on the wall under the walkway were to regulate the breeze so that the kerosene lamp operated optimally and did not go out.  The turntable would have been driven by a clockwork mechanism such as at Double Island Point (last image).  A weight would have slowly descended the tower and then needed to be wound back up.

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The original lights in 1838 burned sperm whale oil.  This was expensive and each lamp burned 600ml per hour.  There were fifteen of these lamps and the light was focused with mirrors rather than lenses.

 

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The original lamps were very fragile and needed to be replaced every three days.  There are two of the electric bulbs here just to provide a spare.

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Far out on the distant horizon and barely visible to the naked eye is Pedra Branca Rock.  This is rock is 250 metres long,  100 metres wide and 60 metres high.  In 2003 a scientific team visited here as part of a program to preserve the endemic Pedra Branca skink and conserve the habitat of birds, especially albatrosses.  The weather deteriorated so that they could not leave the rock and a freak wave washed away a young oceanographer, Hamish Saunders, who was at the time 45 metres above sea level.  His body was never recovered.

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Coutts Island, below the lighthouse.

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Rocks below the lighthouse, evidently favoured by seabirds.

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Looking across D’Entrecasteau Channel to the Tasmanian mainland.

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A view from the lighthouse balcony showing the cottages, beach and coastline.  Families were permitted after 1878.  There then would have been three cottages for three keepers working eight hour shifts.

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Another view looking up as I leave the lighthouse.

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The original keeper in 1838 had three convict assistants and relations between the keeper and the convicts were very formal.

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These days radar and GPS has replaced the need for lighthouses except for small vessels such as fishing boats.  The lights are in any case automated and the keepers gone.  The light here was replaced by a smaller one further out on the point and the lighthouse has not been turned on since 1996.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, Bruny Island

1 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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After the cruise in the morning and after lunch, we visited the fascinating Inala Jurassic Garden which ties geological history to surviving plants from ancient periods.  I didn’t take any photographs of the garden but this is a Bennett’s wallaby being cared for there.

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On the way back was this abandoned farmhouse.

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We talked to a bloke living in a house across the road and he told us it was due to be demolished in a week or two and invited us to feel free to walk in and check it out.

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House from the rear.

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Garage from the rear/

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A fascinating glimpse of a home from a different time, perhaps a way of life now gone.

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The front door.

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A bedroom.

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Wallpaper peeled off to reveal newspaper backing.  This one above the fireplace showed a tyre advertisement from 1961.

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Fragments include an ad for Carnation Milk and a fragment of a page featuring Complete Home Section by Leila C Howard, Food and Cookery Expert..

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Here, underneath the wallpaper is a review of “Around the World in 80 Days”, a 1955 film starring Cantinflas and David Niven.

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Kitchen window.

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Another view from the back.

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… and from the front.

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Back where we were staying at the Bruny Hotel, the sun was going down over Satellite Island and the mainland.

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At the same time, here are a few houses in a bay just to the south.

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Bruny Island Cruise

1 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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We started off our first day on Bruny Island with a cruise with Bruny Island Cruises that starts from Adventure Bay and travels down the east coast of the island.

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Cliffs near Adventure Bay.

The boats hold 43 people and are open.  The best place to sit is a bit of a puzzle.

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The sea merges into the distant hills.

Going out it’s better to be on the right hand side.  The boat turns around for each point of interest but not while approaching them.

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Natural arch.

You get a lot more spray in the front.

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Headland.

We were at the back at the left, partly because when we got on the boat, almost everywhere else was taken.

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A little patch of greenery hiding at the bottom of the cliffs.

We still got some spray there but were able to move to the very last row, which was better.

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On the right, it looks to me like a mediæval statue of a queen.

I had brought a dry bag with me which meant I could keep my camera dry though where we were sitting it was actually overkill.

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Looking up at the top of the cliffs.

Conditions would be very variable day by day depending on the weather and the sea.

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A keyhole through an isthmus.

You get a lot more bouncing up and down at the front.

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Cormorants on a rock.

So the front may not be so good if you are prone to sea sickness.

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Australian fur seal.

Even where we were in the back, there was someone near us who was under the weather for the whole voyage.

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Fur seals

On the way back (we’re still going out here), it was a lot rougher with a lot of bouncing around at the front.

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A headland at the south of the island.

At that stage, a lot of people quickly abandoned the front and it got quite crowded at the back.

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Imperious wave goodbye.

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A rock and headland at the far south of the island.

I suspect this was our farthest point south.

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On the way back we were still on the left at the rear.

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Bridge Rock, probably.

Though we didn’t stop as much, we were now on the better side and I was able to photograph out the back.

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Snow on a mountain in the distance.

We’re probably looking west and it’s Mount Hartz in Mt Hartz National Park (where we would be going in a few days).

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We leave the small islands below Bruny Island behind.

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… And in the last few images I explore eucalypts on top of the side-lit cliffs.

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