Friday, February 17, 2012

Skywatch Friday

While waiting for the queen Mary 2 to arrive, the moon popped out from behind the clouds.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HMB Endeavour

Today, the replica of Captain James Cook's ship the Endeavour arrived in Port Adelaide as part of it's tour around Australia. The replica is a true copy of the original (except for its modern engine and radio)
She arrived from Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsular, accompanied by the sail training ship the One and All.
To get into Port Adelaide they have to swing the new Tom "Diver" Derrick Bridge. This bridge has two spans, one for road traffic and one for rail. The road span opened OK, but the rail span failed to open.
So we all waited for an engineer to come and free up the rail side, which finally opened and hour or so later to let the ships in.
The local maritime museum provided a welcome in the shape of a small canon, and the whole thing was recorded by channel 7 news from their chopper. The Endeavour was proudly flying the Australian Red Ensign.
In the river there were lots of jellyfish.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Queen Mary 2

We got up early this morning and headed to Outer Harbour to see the Queen Mary 2 arrive as part of her around Australia cruise. She was due to arrive at 8:00, so we got there around 7:00. As we arrived, the bulk carrier Banastar was just leaving en route to China. Flocks of Silver Gulls were flying up and down the beach. It was very murky, but eventually we saw the ship emerging from the gloom, and slowly drawing closer. The tug left as she approached the entry. Then the sun came out and we could see her in all her glory!! Next to go out to her was the Pilot. Once the tug had a line connected, she slowly approached the dock, and swept past us with a long blast of her fog horn. There is more information about the Queen Mary 2 on Cunard's web site here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skywatch Friday

An amazing sunset, from my backyard, Burton, South Australia
"Qantas 081, cleared to land"