Chapter 104

Queensland Department of Harbours and Marine conferences and site inspections, obligations and solutions

The last week in September was hectic in the office. I had several days on higher duties acting for the Principal Engineer and Lloyd acted for me in Harbour Works. It was the custom for one of the Senior Engineer to act for the Principal Engineer when he is absent and my turn had come round.
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Chapter 103

Never a dull moment living in the Brisbane River “I’m ok but Peter needs help”

Now I was back in the office commuting to Manly each day. I had the engines serviced by Goleby and Bain and screech in the generator set was caused by a bolt in the flexible coupling and fixed under warranty. It was more convenient for me to have Rebecca at Kangaroo Point so I returned there on Sunday 20th July and remained until the beginning of August.
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Chapter 102

They say all things come in threes

We had left this mooring 20.00 hrs. Thursday, 15th May and returned 1900 hrs, Thursday, 26th June. In that period of five weeks we covered approximately 2,400 miles to Vila and back and experienced as close an encounter with a cyclone as I ever wish to have. They say “things come in threes”; in our case the first thing was changing from “cruising” to “arbitrary” division to satisfy Dale Smith who did not even start.
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Chapter 101

The Sail back to Brisbane

Thursday, 5th June, 1986 we cleared customs at Main Wharf and took a taxi back to Rebecca. The crew for the return trip was: John Beath, Geoffrey Mayfield, Craig Gillett and George Stubbs. We left Vila around midday and headed into a 20-25 knot SE gusting, at times to 40 knots, so we reduced sail and punched into it all day. George was suffering from his usual first day malady. We could not make Lenakil before nightfall so stood off for the night, resulting in being approximately 14 miles south of the entrance at 0100 hours Saturday.

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Chapter 100

Being the tourist in Vanuatu

Barry, from Pango Village, seemed to take us in tow with his mini bus. Crews were divided into three groups to be guests at three villages, and ours was Pango Village; so, on Friday afternoon, Barry collected us and took us out to see the village and the food being prepared for the evening feast; we saw the pit with a raging fire which would create coals to cook the food to be placed in the pit; the food included pork, fish, taro, bread fruit, bananas, pineapple, etc.

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