|James Craig' steel hulled ship along side the dock.|
The James Craig was a steel wreck tied up to the Hobart shoreline when I first came to live here in 1975. How it had survived over the years is any one guess. However a far sighted individual from Sydney purchased the vessel. towed it back home to Sydney Harbour and set about the restoration of this fine example of 19th cent shipbuilding. The result does great credit to the craftsmen involved as any viewer would testify. She had sailed down to show the flag. During the year the James Craig sails around the Australian coast, and I believe any keen sailor has the opportunity to learn the ropes.
A beautiful boat .
This a beautiful example of the shipwrights craft.
Tasmania is well blessed with many fine timbers suitable for boat building, Huon pine,
Kingbilly pine and many others.
Eye of the Wind.
One of several sailing vessels who made the trip down to Hobart. There was a grand sail past at the end of the long weekend down the Derwent River. Some of my readers may not realise that the Derwent in a very deep waterway, and the harbour is one of the largest in Australia though now not greatly used thanks to the container age.
Years ago Hobart had a flourishing ferry service, sadly now not as greatly used as it could be.
However the city still has a number of the old steam ferries operating as tourist vessels.They add a sense of great charm and colour to the dock area and are very popular with visitors. It is possible to catch a ferry up the river to a new Hobart attraction MONA Museum of Old and New art.. The Hobart docks are more or less in the middle of town giving the city a maritime feel.
Looking across the docks at a few of the boats.
Russian visitor. This vessel sailed half way around the world to get here!
Sullivan's Dock with a few of the visitors.
Poop section of the "Notorious"
A replica of the Portuguese 15th cent caravel..
This vessel has been hand built along the traditional construction lines and was open to visitors.
It was built from reclaimed timber by a dedicated couple in Victoria.
Hand built canvas boat with its builder.
Who is only too willing to instruct you in how to build your own..
Note the novel oar shape. This boat has been built along the lines of an Irish corache.
Note the rib construction made of small sapling timber and how the stringers have been tied
to them. As the vessel is covered in canvas and then sealed with bitchmen paint you need to
be careful where you place your feet.
Sail past up the Derwent River on the last day of the show.