19 January 2017
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|Callala Beach 1974.|
|My cousin Wayne Hadfied just sent me this image of Callala Beach showing the damage to the beach after the massive swell that was generated by an east coast low in 1974 slammed into Jervis Bay.|
Some of the houses along the water front at Callala were very lucky not to be washed into the sea, I spoke to John Hatton recently about the swell and he was at Callala with local residents and people of the bay and surrounds filling sand bags trying to form a barrier to hold back the swell and stop further damage.
The once grass and scrub sand hill I use to play on when we were children was now gone, replaced by a 5 meter straight drop to the beach…
|Continue reading about this and other east coast lows that have caused massive damage and loss of life in our area.|
13 January 2017
11 January 2017
|Today marks the anniversary when Air Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, accompanied by Captain P. G. Taylor (co-pilot and navigator), Mr. S. E. Nelson (secretary of the New Zealand and New Plymouth Aero Clubs), Mr. J. Stannage (wireless operator), and Mr. J. Percival, took off in the Southern Cross from Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa. ”Smithy” his crew completed the 1400 mile trip in 14 hours and 10 minutes achieving the first commercial Trans-Tasman flight.|
9 January 2017
6 January 2017
This wonderful bell is from the Ferry Karaga it forms part of the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum collection.
Karaga ran the last Lavender Bay to Circular Quay service for Sydney Ferries in October 1932. The route was soon taken over by Hegarty's Ferries who defended their new territory when SFL realised the mistake they'd made.
Along with the Wallaroo, she was requisitioned and sold to the Royal Australian Navy in 1943. There are no records of her disposal (like the Wallaroo).
|Seen here as the Waringa before she was rebuilt and relaunched as the Karaga. |
1894 – 1913 - By Kerry & Co. Contributed by Powerhouse Museum [85/1284-304 (Tyrrell 1/220 548)] (Tyrrell Photographic Collection)
Type : Wooden steam ship
Operating on the busy Sydney Harbour presents challenges for any vessel, in September 1924 she was involved in a serious collision with the ferry Kosciusko off the Neutral Bay Wharf in front of a large crowd of waiting passengers.
The Karaga sustained the greater damage, her front Bulwarks were smashed and one side of the boat badly splintered. Fortunately there were not many people on board at the time and no one was injured.
1926 - Doing her usual 8.30 run from Neutral Bay she ran into difficulties after leaving Kurraba wharf. Her engines stopped and she drifted across the bay towards the large overseas liner Hurunui at anchor in the bay, Fortunately the ferry Kanimbla was near by at the time, the master of the Kanimbla hastened to render assistance putting his vessel between the Karaga and the liner before securing the Karaga and moving her to safety.
4 January 2017
The article below this one outling the finances of the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company ( I.S.C.S.N.C ) mentions the S.S Benandra. Another beautiful small steamer that worked the south coast run between Sydney and Moruya carrying passengers and cargo. She sought refuge in Jervis Bay through stress of weather a number of times.
The Benandra was a twin screw timber vessel of 345 tons and by 1924 her days of coastal cruising were numbered.
10.30am - March 25 1924 - The Benandra completed loading at Moruya Wharf.
Fully laden she set out along the river towards the rivers entrance, she had done this many times before on her way to Sydney via coastal ports.
11.20am, she arrived at the bar on the ebb tide, as indicated by the tide signal on the flagstaff next to the signal station, the master of the Benandra Captain Richmond acknowledged the signal personally.
Leaving the bay on the ebb tide wasn’t an ideal situation, the Benandra was drawing 7ft 10inches of water, only 6 inches less than her total loading draft.
While negotiating the crossing she grounded with her port bilge on the northern side. Steps were at once taken to re-float the vessel, but considerable delay was experienced.
After considerable effort she was refloated by hauling on wire ropes from the land. The Master tried to back the steamer up against the tide, but without success. Almost immediately after, the vessel took the ground on the southern side of the crossing, causing further delay.
The master was afraid if the vessel remained aground throughout the whole of the ebb tide she would have sustained heavy damage, and he considered the lesser danger would be to cross the bar.
The vessel proceeded outwards, but touched the bottom 100 yards outside the northern breakwater. She was struck by a large sea and this turned her broadside on, a second wave washed over her filling her with water. The heavy seas made her shiver from stem to stern and carried away the port lifeboat and penetrated the boiler and engine rooms extinguishing the fires. The engineer informed the master of the situation, and the position became more serious. She quickly settled down.
The master gave orders to abandon the ship, The first boat was to take away the stewardess, the cook and the passenger.
Cries of distress.
The first boat's crew were landed, and the boat returned to the vessel and took off all the other persons remaining on board, with the exception of the master, he was loth to leave the ship until fully satisfied that it must be a hopeless wreck.
The last person to see the passenger ( William Ward ) was the engineer, who stated that he saw him on the main deck, and directed him to the boat deck. From that time on the passenger was not seen again.
After she was abandoned she quickly settled in the channel becoming a navigation hazard until such time she could be removed. Pigs, cheese and other cargo was soon strewn along the southern beach.
The wreck was observed by the harbour pilot who informed the fishing launches in the river for help.
The historic pilot station today, it was built in 1860.
Pilot station as it appeared 1917. REF: John Ross Moruya’s first pilot and harbour master.
Marine Enquiry. April 8 1924.
The court found that the loss of the vessel was not bought about by any negligence on the part of the masters or officers; and it was the opinion that the master and crew displayed great courage and self - restraint in very trying circumstances, and that it was a matter for congratulations that their lives were saved. The court expressed regret at the loss of the life of the passenger, who must have been in some way disabled while below, after having been directed by the chief engineer to the upper deck.
The Moruya Bar is a particuarly difficult bar to cross, fast flowing tides, river floods and large swells constantly change the sand bars along the river and particuarly across the river entrance. Even experienced masters had great difficulty negotiating the bar and the river.
Uploaded on 23 Jun 2010
Boats attempting to cross the bar at Narooma, December 2008.
|Meaning: Ebb Tide - The period between high tide and low tide during which water flows away from the shore. Also called falling tide.|
3 January 2017
|This small article makes interesting reading…At this time the company were operating and expanding at a fast pace….The big surprise to me was the amount of shareholders in the company.|
|The S.S Bodalla as mentioned in the article was about to be launched and join the company’s fleet of ships plying the south coast of NSW.|
Continue reading about the Bodalla and her adventurous life and ultimate distruction.