|These small snippets of information in regional newspapers illustrate how Jervis Bay was being utilised by the many ships working the south coast.|
24 January 2017
23 January 2017
January 17th 1867.
22nd January - 10 p.m.
12 p.m. - the wind increased to a moderate gale and the sea was still running very high, and after shortening sail the pumps were again manned and kept going.
23rd January - 4 a.m.
3 p.m. - The Prince Patrick arrived at Jervis Bay, the pumps being kept going, despite the constant effort of the crew on the pumps it was realised the vessel could not be kept afloat and she was beached in Montague Bay on a sandy bottom at low water. The pumps were then sounded, when it was found she had 4ft of water.
25th January - 10am. Captain Patching and crew left the schooner and proceeded in the ships boat to Cape St George, where they arrived at 1 p.m. and remained for the next few days.
28th January. It was decided they should start out for Sydney in the small boat, this was going to be cramped and perilous journey with 7 people on board, the wind was blowing light from the southward.
4 p.m. - It fell calm and the sky looked very threatening, Captain Patching took shelter in Shoalhaven.
29th January - 5.am They continued their journey towards Sydney, It began to rain very heavy with strong lightning and thunder, in consequence of which they put into Wollongong at 3 p.m.
30th - January. The manager of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company, Mr. Hart, kindly gave them passage to Sydney in the steamer Kembla.
The Prince Patrick was seventeen years old at the time of the founding and insured for the sum of 800 pounds.
Before abandoning the schooner, the instruments, along with the greater portion of the crew's clothing were saved.
Captain Patching expressed his thanks to Mr.. J. Lee, lighthouse keeper at Cape St George, and Mr. Hart, of Wollongong, for their kindness to himself and his crew.
"This speculation ought to be a wrinkle to the Insurance Companies in not so readily selling their interest without
20 January 2017
|New Guinea crew for the schooner Maclaren King, built at Huskisson in 1923 for Papua New Guinea for the Anglican Mission.|
|A small local built schooner with quite a story to tell. Many of the fine vessels built at Huskisson have gone on to become part of the rich and exciting maritime history of this country, the Maclaren King’s story is one of service and close encounters…|
|On the banks of Currambene Creek just before the launch.|
|The 'Maclaren King' at anchor in the fiords of Tufi, pictured looking down from the side of the fiord. A Papun canoe is alongside. The photograph was taken whilst 'exploring, looking for a new site for a station'|
State Library of South Australia.OH 456/1
Work of Mission Schooner.
Captain Rennels has combined the duties of master and engineer on the Maclaren King for 11 years. His crew is composed of two half-castes and six natives. The Maclaren King's traverse, which contains many reefs still uncharted, is frequently hazardous during the hurricane season-from December to March. The schooner has grounded twice, on uncharted reefs.
On one occasion, the Maclaren King saved the lives of seven natives. Their boat had capsized in a river, and they had been swept four miles out to sea. The natives, Captain Rennels said, had been alternately floating and treading water for 13 hours before they were picked up.
Captain Rennels is accompanied by his wife, who was engaged in mission work for several years, and his four-year-old daughter, Betsy.
BISHOP'S ESCAPE. Maclaren King bombed by Japanese April 30.-1942.
|Continue reading about the Maclaren King and her many adventures.|
19 January 2017
18 January 2017
16 January 2017
14 January 2017
|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.|