|Ships in the bay – Young Endeavour moored off Huskisson.|
|If you go down to Huskisson today you will see the two masted sailing vessel the Young Endeavour moored just off Huskisson.|
|Moored just off Huskisson, I took this before sunrise, the ship looked amazing with lights throughout her rigging.|
Captains log from yesterday.
Captains Log 29th March 2017
"The Ship continued on passage motor sailing northwards from Twofold Bay overnight with the crew gaining their first experiences of being on the helm, being a lookout and doing the required hourly engineering rounds. This is all about working together as a watch to maintain the required sail plan and keeping the Ship safe. The reason we were forced to motor sail was to ensure we reached Jervis Bay before the moderate northerlies we experienced this afternoon and before the expected strong Southerlies early tomorrow morning.
|The very early morning light looked amazing.|
|Young Endeavour was a gift from the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia to mark the Bicentenary in 1988.|
Construction began on the ship in May 1986 in Lowestoft, England and on 3 August 1987 she began the long voyage to Australia with a crew which included 24 young people from Britain and Australia. The official handover ceremony took place on 25 January 1988 in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales in Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour.
Her arrival heralded the start of a new era of sail training in Australia.
|The colour soon drained from the sky as the rain and clouds increased.|
|Click on the link below for a picture taken from the deck of the ship as she approached Point Perpendicular from the south. .|
30 March 2017
28 March 2017
Monday 3rd February 1890 - During a violent gale off Jervis Bay the Schooner Bonnie Dundee was severly damaged loosing her masts, she was towed into Jervis Bay.
During the same storm the Schooner Hally Bailey was also dismasted off Jervis Bay and towed to Sydney, by one of Messrs, Huddart, Parkers and Co.'s steamers.
And the tempests wild they cease
24 March 2017
Late yesterday afternoon I went around to Hole in the Wall and took a few pictures of the Atoll 2, a beautiful, 2 masted sailing boat, tucked in close to the shore seeking shelter from the southerly winds.
Moored near the Atoll 2 was the DMS navy support ship, Seahorse Horizon.
|Seahorse Horizon behind Hole in the Wall.|
|The Huskisson side of the bay was shrouded in thick mist almost obscuring the land , out of the mist appeared two largs ghost like shapes, hard to discern, but as they moved closer you could make out the distinctive shapes of two large navy ships.|
The ship in the foreground is the second of two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships, HMAS Adelaide . The ship in the background is the Adelaide-class guided-missle Frigate HMAS Darwin.
|Very early this morning I took this photograph of HMAS Adelaide under lights near Hole in the Wall.|
23 March 2017
22 March 2017
January 1898 the luxury British yacht Sunbeam sailed into Jervis Bay with his Excellency and Lady Brassey and Colonel and Mrs. Bingham on board.
Tuesday 18th Jan - Early in the morning the Sunbeam was made ready to sail, at 8.40 a.m the Sunbeam with her sails spread cleared Jervis Bay Heads, the morning was dull and foggy as she steamed slowly into a fresh S.W wind.
The Sunbeam was a three-masted topsail-yard schooner, iron framed and with a teak skin. Lenght 159ft, beam 27.5 ft, weight 532 tons.
The name Sunbeam came from the nickname they had given to their daughter - Constantine Alberta Brassey - who had died in 1873 from scarlet fever
|REF: By Sidpickle [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
By Australian National Maritime Museum - http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1464, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29423480
By Sidpickle - Took photograph Hastings libraryPreviously published: From Annie Brassey's album c1887, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29317815
16 March 2017
15 March 2017
I had already been to the museum a number of times, but couldn’t resist another visit last weekend, the volunteer staff are friendly and welcoming and all too ready to give you insight into the history of Eden and the famous, association between the local whalers and the Killer Whales. If your down that way be sure to call in and be amazed.
Living around the bay, you become accustomed to seeing all manner of vessels in the bay, from very large Navy ships to small fishing and sailing vessels. It's hard to imagine a time when you would have only seen the occasional wind-powered ship.
Navigator and explorer Captain James Cook first described Jervis Bay in his journals after passing in the HMS Endeavour in 1770, he wasn't able to enter the bay because of adverse winds but noted it's distinctive features.
21 years later in 1791 Lieutenant Richard Bowen, aboard the convict transport ship Atlantic, part of the Third Fleet, sailed into the bay and named it in honour of Admiral John Jervis, under whom he had served.
In 1841, On a calm, clear, star-filled night, the Tamar returned to the bay, she set anchor in what was then known as the North Harbour in about 5 fathoms of water, where she lay until morning. She proceeded at daylight to the north-western part of the bay near to the site of Jervis Town, where she landed some passengers. She then steered a course for Inner- Harbour where the township of South Huskisson was laid out, (present day Vincentia )
A new era had arrived.
9 March 2017
H.M.S Royal Arthur put into Jervis Bay on the morning of 13th December 1900, She was carrying the first Governer General of Australia, Lord Hopetoun who was on his way to Sydney. The Royal Arthur had made good time coming along the coast.
H.M.S Royal Arthur was the new flagship for the Australian station, replacing the Orlando. She was a first-class twin-screw cruiser of 7700 tons, and was built at Portsmouth. 340ft in length, and 60ft in beam, with a draught of 28ft 9 inches. Her indicated horse-power was 12,000 with forced draught, and 7500 with natural, giving a speed of 20 and 18 knots respectively, her coal accommodation was equal to 10.000 knots at 10 knots an hour. Her armament consisted of one 9inch 22 ton gun, twelve 6 inch quick firing guns, twelve 6-pounders, and seven machine guns, besides four Whitehead torpedo tubes.
She was a remarked improvement on the aging Orlando, both in regards to size and equipment.
Lord Hopetoun. Was a British aristocrat, politician and colonial administrator. He is best known for his brief and controversial tenure as the first Governor-General of Australia.
|Continue reading about the Orlando and it’s connection to Jervis Bay.|