Front cover: Olive May sails the Huon on her way to the markets. Photo by Kraig Carlstrom.
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries produce from the farms of the beautiful Huon Valley came to market under sail, down the Huon River, through the d’Entrecasteaux Channel and up the River Derwent to Hobart Town. Among the fleet of busy gaff-rigged ketches, scows and flat-bottomed barges was a lovely little double-ended passage boat named Olive May. Today, she is the sole survivor, Australia’s oldest sailing vessel still in commercial survey. Bruce Stannard reports on a four-day voyage recreating Tasmania’s halcyon days of trading under sail... more »
Most of us would have seen or be familiar with the harbour tugs that assist the cruise ships to berth at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour in Sydney, and of course the well-known bright orange Sydney Ports tug which leads an event on the harbour with its fire monitors spraying hundreds of feet in the air, well if you liken these vessels as being the Toyota LandCruisers or Land Rovers of the sea then Ocean Going Tugs would be the road trains of the ocean... more »
On a fine and sunny day in Sydney we joined about 800 others in boarding Queen Mary 2, replacing another 800 who had gone ashore. Remembering how efficiently Sydney’s Overseas Terminal (OPT) had handled the passengers the building was built for in 1961, it was interesting to watch how the present ad hoc system worked... more »
In last month’s Afloat I speculated on the possibility of Sydney’s iconic design-failure of the 1950s, the triangle yacht, being inspired by an English experimental yacht built one hundred years earlier named Problem. Whether this is true or not, the latter vessel will be looked at to remind us that people who think outside the square can leave fascinating legacies behind them regardless of whether they fail or succeed.... more »