As noted in a previous post, Posie Graeme-Evans, the well known author and film producer (McLeod's Daughters, The Dressmaker), was ambassador at Australia Day, and arrived on 'Nancy'. She sent us the following post and pictures.
“On Australia Day 2016 Andrew Blaxland (my husband) and I had the great good fortune to travel all the way from Cradoc Ferry Wharf to Franklin via the Egg Island Canal. Not exactly a dangerous journey, since it lasted for about 15 minutes and took place on the very well-behaved Huon River.
The MV Nancy, lent for the occasion by the Living Boat Trust of Franklin, was our mode of travel that day and we happily sat in the stern watching the world slip by, feeling like royalty.
And, a great bonus if you just want to admire the wildlife in this pristine part of the world, is that this graceful craft moves like a ghost across the water.
With no noisy diesel engine to shatter the peace, even the fish and the birds don't seem to notice as you pass through their home, Australian Flag fluttering proudly above the wake.
I’ve been an Australia Day Ambassador a few times now and that's why we were journeying to Franklin but this time the trip just wasn’t long enough. I’ve been to some lovely places on our island but I’ll remember the MV Nancy and her charming crew: so beautifully crafted, so lovingly looked after (and the boat’s pretty good as well. I know, I know. Feeble joke.)
Long may the Nancy thrive as she shows visitors the wonders of the Huon. She’s a treat, she is and I heartily recommend the experience; I seriously want to go back and wander further down the Huon in her company.
Posie Graeme-Evans, Tasmanian Australia Day Ambassador for 2016.”
Below, our view as we traveled the canal.
The valiant crew of the MV Nancy.