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Being an avid photographer I was heading out on the waning
crescent moon with a friend in my 18ft fibreglass boat to take dawn
photos out on the harbour. It was a trip I had done many times
before and I thought I knew the river like the back of my hand.
After launching the boat, we set out up the river. The night
was warm and the water was like glass. I was keen to get moving
and the wind felt a bit cool so I looked down for a split second
to pick up my clear glasses when out of the corner of my eye I
saw the starboard light channel marker post dead ahead without
a light flashing.
Before I could do anything we hit it head on at about 12
knots. There was an almighty ripping sound and I was thrown
forward onto the windscreen. My friend was thrown onto the
floor after bouncing off the windscreen and started to panic as
it was pitch black.
I knew there was a small beach across the water so I beached
the boat and attended to my friend. The pulpit had taken the brunt
of the impact tearing the bow completely off the hull cracking the
forward bulkheads and had split the hull all down the right-hand
side at deck level but we were watertight and able to get back to
the ramp, load the boat and get to the hospital.
No mean feat I may add, great stuff that adrenalin. As it
turned out my friend sustained three broken ribs and a broken
wrist. I had torn the rotator cuff in my shoulder.
I will never take the river for granted again and yes I was
travelling too fast. Complacency is a bugger, it kills. The boat was
a write-off and both of us are still recuperating and counting the
cost of our enthusiasm.
Just for a split second I forgot ... the skipper is responsible.
ANMM to reinstate the name and
decorative stars to Kathleen Gillett
I would like to reassure everyone that we have heard
the community’s concerns about the museum’s display and
interpretation of Jack Earl’s Kathleen Gillett, in particular our
decision to remove the name from the vessel.
It is clear that in removing the name, we have misjudged
people’s very real and very deep connection to the vessel and
enduring respect for Jack Earl and his wife Kathleen. Taking
into account your feedback and following consultation with key
stakeholders over the last two months, we will be reinstating
the name and decorative stars to the vessel during its annual
slipping in September.
I assure you that museum curators and fleet staff care
very deeply about our historic vessels and the stories of the
people associated with them. A lot of time and effort goes into
researching, understanding and documenting each vessel’s
history and significance, and maintaining it, to enable us to
effectively share their many fascinating stories and details with
our visitors. In the case of Kathleen, this has been an ongoing
process by our curators since the late 1980s.
Going forward, we are committed to a more consultative
approach to the care of all our historic vessels to enable you to
better understand and contribute to future decisions.
We are unique as a maritime museum with much of our
floating historic fleet active and available to the community.
The 1888 gaff cutter Akarana will be participating in Gaffers Day,
and Kathleen Gillett will be taking part in various events relating to
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