Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Maritime Museum in Fremantle, this time from the upper viewing level showing the tips of the sails rising to reach their counterpart above. Like the Australia ll, the adventures of Jon Sanders aboard the Parry Endeavour are probably the better known of the exhibits here in the museum. Setting off in 1986 he was the first person to circumnavigate the world three times in just under 2 years, not stepping on dry land for 658 days. Wonder how long it took him to get his 'land legs' back in working order after that :)
Megamouth shark is very rare and a vegetarian, although just the sight of it may cause an 'untoward' reaction :) From whaleboats to pearl luggers these are just a few of the many fascinating sailing vessels in the museum, it took a while but I'm well pleased that we have been in and explored this truly excellent venue. Hope your week has started well, take care...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Maritime Museum in Fremantle is the design. From the fabulous ceiling to the three tiered viewing levels. Architects Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (excellent link alert!) 'in their own words' describe the ethos of the museum so much better than I ever could. Home to Alan Bond's Australia ll winner of the 1983 America's Cup yacht race, I remember the dispute re the design of the infamous 'winged keel' and enjoyed the story that when Ben Lexcen was accused of stealing the design he countered with "I have in mind to admit it all to the New York Yacht Club that I really owe the secret of the design to a Greek guy who helped me out and was invaluable. He's been dead for 2000 years, bloody Archimedes". Laconic Aussie humour :)
Sunday, June 16, 2013
WA Maritime Museum, that is until Friday, it's seriously fantastic inside and out. I thought I'd start with the outside and head indoors tomorrow, and yes the sky really was that blue, there were no 'touch ups' at all. Below, the steps leading to the upper level viewing area, in the shot to the right you can see how the museum is situated on the tip of Victoria Quay, designed to look straight out to the entrance of the harbor with the two lighthouses on each mole.....
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Green Lighthouse on South Mole and if you look closely in the distance you'll see the red lighthouse on North Mole. If you scroll down on the link you'll see what the harbour entrance looked like in 1903 when the lighthouses were first built, interesting to see that the basic structure hasn't changed much. The buildings by the lighthouse are the remains of an observation post used during the war.. anti submarine nets were lowered by steel cables to let ships into the harbour and then winched up again, hard to imagine what it must have been like in those times. Hope that you're all set for a wonderful weekend, I'm hoping for a quiet one, catch up today. Take care and stay safe.....
Friday, June 14, 2013
Dingo Flour Mill, a familiar sight to regular visitors driving along the coast road into North Fremantle the four storey high sign comes with a wee bit of history. Rumored to have been painted by Alan Bond, a signwriter pre 'tycoon' days, it was actually painted in 1940 by artist Les Nash who according to wiki was a British racing driver, hmm! sounds a bit iffy to me :) The sign was painted over during WW2 (a target?) leaving just the faintest outline and later repainted, the whole mill was restored beautifully in 2010 with the dingo now getting a fresh coat of paint monthly, seems a tad excessive, but I guess it does get the brunt of a full salty sea breeze! Happy end of the week, take care..p.s. so ROA wasn't the first to paint oversized wild animals on buildings...interesting oui!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Fremantle for lunch yesterday so it's possible that a 'nautically' themed week may lie ahead :) Fremantle Harbour is the busiest port in WA and these 'giraffes' were poised and waiting to unload the many sea containers that come into port every day. Even though there was a long line of ships waiting in Gage Roads there was only one ship actually in port..haven't heard about any strike action so I'm not sure why that was. Btw the weather forecast for yesterday was rain with the chance of storms...I rest my case, the weather is definitely being 'outsourced' :) Happy Thursday, take care.....p.s. isn't that a great spot to sit and read in the bottom shot!