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Linking the Huon and Derwent valleys

posted by Posts Editor   [ updated ]

A shortcut to New Norfolk is a bit of an old chestnut, but you never know, the latest proposal which envisages using Jeffrey's Track may have legs.  It would make towing boats to the north and west of the state easier.  Hear the Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor discuss it on the ABC: http://ab.co/2rCfjol


Looking for Lucy

posted May 23, 2017, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 23, 2017, 5:06 AM ]

Rob Linnell writes: 

'I'm trying to find out what happened to a particular boat. It was owned by my great grandfather, who built the Franklin Evaporator. It was built inside one of the timber sheds on the pier opposite the Bank building. It was built by William Ball, of huon pine, and was a 37 foot motor launch, with a narrow beam and shallow draft.  It was used to carry passengers up and down the river, and was used for holidays. My 96 year old father remembers the 'Lucy' and used to go on it when he was there during his school holidays as a young lad. He keeps wondering what happened to it. It was elongated by 10 feet around 1908 and was still being used by the family into the 1930's. That's when he lost track of it. It used to be moored in a boatshed on the other side of north Egg Island, at a property called Riversdale.  I've attached some photos, it's quite a distinctive boat.' 

The pics below (showing Lucy) are from a terrific series from around the start of the 20th century that Rob gave the LBT.  Contact him at roblinnell5@gmail.com if you have any information.

Bass Strait Maritime Centre News

posted May 21, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 21, 2017, 4:06 PM ]

The autumn/winter edition (attached: http://bit.ly/2q7v2rN) brings us the latest wooden boaty stories from the top end of the island, and is a reminder that a visit to this centre in Devonport is very worthwhile.  If you are traveling by ferry it is only minutes away from the terminal.

A History of Antarctica in Twenty Novels

posted May 19, 2017, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

John Wadsley writes to inform us of this talk to be held on Tuesday 6 June 2017, 12 noon to 1pm, Royal Society Room in TMAG, Davey Street entrance. 

'This is going to be a great presentation with Assoc. Prof Elizabeth Leane from UTAS coming along to talk on how Antarctica has influenced literature and the arts.Elizabeth is a published author on Antarctic themes and this should be an interesting, and perhaps quirky, look at how authors have seen the Antarctic.' 

As I recall Biggles encountered polar bears in Antarctica in one of his later adventures:  maybe we will find out about that.  Details in attached flyer (http://bit.ly/2q2ppLp).

News from Newfoundland

posted May 19, 2017, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:20 PM ]

Barb Dawson and David Budd write: 

'They have the world's steepest boat ramps, and a few navigational hazards not found in Tasmania, but local fishing boats have more to
guide them than a GPS!  A great place for maritime meanderings, beautiful little harbours and colourful fishing boats......but bring a thick coat!!' 

See the accompanying pictures: they tell the story.  Next time one of those Big Islanders complains about chilly Tassie waters we'll point 'em here and tell 'em to quit their whinging.

Launch of a foreshore development initiative

posted May 16, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 16, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

Bec Enders, from the Franklin Progress Association, tells us that there are plans afoot to develop the foreshore between the boat ramp and the camp ground (next to the Village Green). Come down there this Friday (the 19th) at 10:30am to meet the horticulture students who will be doing the planning, and discuss with them how you use the foreshore. There will be a special announcement made later in the morning by a VIP.

Tuesday Group report

posted May 16, 2017, 4:28 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 16, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

Graham Wright writes: 

A diverse range of activities in the shed today.

The ongoing restore on Monty continues, with Peter finishing the painting on the brand new rudder. 

Dennis is still working on the replacement 'grating'. 

Paul and Allan finished off the storm drain outlet as per the plans, this is now complete.

The new toilets only need a quick sand and then painting can commence. 

Black Swan is finally back in the water and Huon Rat is in the shed for an overdue paint and TLC. 

Pictures from Graham.

Monday 29th DIY Dinner

posted May 14, 2017, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 14, 2017, 3:40 PM ]

The cooks are having a well deserved rest. The BBQ's were tuned up for Tawe Nunnugah so let's put 'em to use. Bring  grilling food and/or something to share:  let's see if we can break the record for the number of potato salads.  Could be a good night for a bonfire.  Cost is $5 to keep the doors open.

 Pic from Wikimedia

What's happened to the bluegum

posted May 13, 2017, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 13, 2017, 4:38 PM ]

Those blue gum slabs which were in the water next to the dinghy shed didn't just float there: they are being kept wet for future use.  Just to prove the point, last week David Nash (and friends) cut a couple of planks from them to repair Yukon - see the video on the Wooden Boat Centre Facebook page: 


Franklin History Group newsletter

posted May 12, 2017, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 12, 2017, 11:52 PM ]

Allan Cato has sent us the latest edition of the newsletter (attached: http://bit.ly/2qfqDDJ).  It includes the great aerial shot of the north Franklin foreshore taken in 1995 shown below, from Ruth and John Young.  There is no LBT, no marina and only a smattering of boats, but there is a wharf in front of the evaporator sheds.

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