22 August 2016
July 1947. Kooraka saved from disaster by the actions of the captain and crew of the trawler Korowa.
|Public Domain - REF: SLSA|
8.30pm July 17 - in dark and dangerous conditions the 300 ton S.S Koraka was caught in a fierce storm 6 miles off Jervis Bay, pounded by 30 to 40ft waves breaking onto it’s hatches, the Kooraka’s steering gear broke away under the strain of the relentless pounding.
4. 30 a.m. - The trawler Korowa towed the Kooraka safely into Sydney Harbour.
Paying high tribute to the captain and crew of the steam trawler Korowa, Mr Justice Abbott awarded 3,300 pounds to it’s owners and 2,100 pounds to the ship’s company, for services rendered in the salvaging of the South Australian vessel Kooraka.
The Kooraka, 300 gross tons. Lb: 135 x 24 ft. (41.2 x 7.6 metres). Steel, single screw motorship built by George Brown & Co in Greenock, Scotland, in 1925. Arrived Australia August 1925 for Coast Steamship Ltd. Day passengers only (10). Serviced Yorke Peninsular run on an irregular basis. Requisitioned as RAN Minesweeper during World War 2. Ref: Flotilla
The Korowa, 324 tons gross WWII auxiliary minesweeper HMAS KOROWA was one of the Sydney-based Red Funnel Trawlers Ltd vessels requisitioned by the RAN at the outbreak of war. With the RAN, fitted with a 12-pounder gun and minesweeping gear, she was attached to Minesweeping Group 66 based at Fremantle, Western Australia.
19 August 2016
17 August 2016
Two local friends, Nina and Michael Strachan, were exploring the north side of the bay on the weekend 13/14th August 2016 - in their canoes and came upon a very interesting discovery .
|Read more on Captain Kinghorn and whaling in Jervis Bay.|
|Thank you Michael and Nina for sending us these photographs.|
11 August 2016
Researching old south coast newspapers you will come across this type of advertising time and again.. This was a one of many advertisement that promised amazing cures for all sorts of ailments.
Advertising for Ayre’s Sarsaparilla appeared in many local Shoalhaven newspapers over many years.
In fact, this remedy was nothing more than a simple beverage of sweetened, herb-flavored water. It was dispensed as a "tonic" (still the general term for soda pop in certain areas of the country) but it was little different from the drink we now call root beer”.
10 August 2016
9 August 2016
|Air lifted off Hyams beach today - August 8th 2016.|
|HMAS Creswell. click to enlarge all images..|
The headlands and narrow entrance to the bay offered little protection as the huge north swell smashed straight into H.M.A.S Creswell.
The base suffered a lot of damage to its infrastructure, least of which was two of the Navy’s training yachts Alexander and Friendship. They were behind the breakwall and secured to large floating concrete pontoons, thought to be safe.
During the height of the storm large waves rolled right over the breakwall and dislodged the concrete pontoons from their moorings.
The pontoons are fixed to large steel pylons driven deep into the sea bed, these have steel railway track like slides running vertically down the sides that are designed to let the 17 ton sealed concrete pontoons freely rise and fall with the tides and swell.
The height of the steel pylons is around 3 meters above water level, for the waves to come over the wall with such force and lift these 17 ton pontoons clear off the top off the pylons is quite amazing.
The two yachts attached to the pontoons were then ripped out of the harbour and started to drift with the wind and driving swell towards the beach.
The men from DMS, quickly followed in a work boat trying to get a rope onto the yachts and haul them back to safety.
With great difficulty they managed to do this with the yacht Friendship, but unfortunately, despite successfully attaching tow ropes to Alexander she was found to be still attached to the pontoons, it was decided they had no choice but to abandon the attempt in the dangerous deteriorating conditions. They were forced to stand off, and watch helplessly as Alexander and the pontoons were driven onto Hyams Beach not far from the base.
Once the storm had subsided an inspection was made, and the yacht was found to be beyond recovery.
|The once beautiful yacht Alexander shown here cut into pieces ready for the lift.|
|Preparing the pieces for the lift.|
|The helicopter on arrival.|
|Getting ready for the first lift.|
|Staff and onlookers.|
|Bow section being lifted.|
|another section of hull on it’s way to be scrapped.|
The 17 ton Pontoons.
|Two of the four pontoons buried deep in the sand.|