Sunday, 28 November 2010

We are Sailing, We are Sailing……

No, not on this one. 

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This is more like it.

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We were given a gift voucher for a twilight cruise on the “Southern Swan” for Christmas LAST year and thought we’d better do something about using it before it expired, so we had a lovely weekend in Sydney playing the tourist.

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She was built in Norway in the early 1920s as a cargo ship and plied her trade between Norway and Greenland for about 30 years before being pensioned off.  An English couple bought her and fitted her out as a yacht to live on, but found it too expensive. While they were in the USA were able to charter her to the Canadian Navy as a training vessel.  In the mid 80s she was back in England and took part in the First Fleet re-enactment which saw her sail into Sydney in January 1988.  She has remained here ever since.

Wouldn’t this be a terrible job.

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The weather was quite breezy and the water choppy, so we motored out towards the heads and then sailed back towards the harbour bridge.

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It was so peaceful without the motors running.

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It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it.

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Heading back home.

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Mick was taking it all in.

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We had a wonderful time. It was a very thoughtful gift.

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BubzRugz said...

What a fantastic gift..... looks wonderful.. one day I will get to see Sydney... and I would like it to be on a yacht too!!

Maria said...

A wonderful way of getting the wind in your hair.How relaxing.

Sandi Butler said...

What a great experience!!
I was in Sydney in 1988 and saw the tall ships in the harbour - what a sight.

Cardygirl said...

Looks fabulous...and you both look like you have had a wonderful time.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow Janice....fantastic gift...lucky you....