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Boat needed to help scatter ashes
My dad Harry Chadwick was Chief Petty Officer on board
HMAS Cowra, a Corvette Class vessel during WWII. All my life I
remember dad working at Garden Island Dockyard. Dad was a
Marine Diesel Engineer refitting many Naval vessels in the ’60s
Mum said the only time she saw dad cry was at the
decommissioning of HMAS Melbourne. Dad had put his heart and
soul into that ship – Dad loved the Navy, the ships, fixing them
and the men. Many a young Naval Officer far way from home was
welcomed to ours for some home cooking.
Dad passed away 40 years ago this year. I still miss that
amazing man. Dad had his ashes scattered at sea, from a Naval
vessel off Sydney Heads, which was his wish. He loved the ocean
and he loved the Navy.
Recently, Mum, or Myrt to everyone else, has passed and
my wish is to scatter mum’s ashes with dad’s. Just at the Heads
would be fine, taking into consideration the strict offshore
boating rules and regs.
My brother and I will be the passengers (and mum of course),
so what I need is someone to take us out to do this. Can anyone
offer any suggestions as to how I can complete my mission and
not be too much out of pocket.
Laraine Turner (née) Chadwick.
Tel: 0408 293 738; <email@example.com>
Lemon Tree Passage, NSW.
Whilst no method is perfect, Underwater Visual Census
(UVC), the method we used in the sur veys, is preferred by many
scientists around the world as the best practical method to
assess abundance and richness. Unlike catch data, sites are
not selected to magnify the results – on the contrary, they are
chosen by scientists to be representative of the wider area
A program involving a small number of surveys may not detect
fish if they are scarce enough or patchy in their distribution,
but this is still a meaningful result indicating these fish are not
abundant in the area surveyed. An extensive sur vey program,
such as that conducted by URG and marine scientists earlier this
year, allows fish density ratios to be calculated with confidence.
Mr Lockwood may not like the results, but this does not
change the facts and is no basis for an argument of bias. He fails
to acknowledge that the data were collected by many people,
including a team from the University of Sydney and divers from
Perth, Melbourne and the NSW South Coast who attended
during the survey period. Individual surveys involved multiple
divers in order to collect information as accurately as possible.
Subsequent scientific analysis used sophisticated statistical
techniques to ensure confidence in the findings. Two Universities
analysed the data, using different designs and methods, yet
found similar results. And the results should be no surprise;
they are supported by studies around the world, the most recent
of which showed that well-designed and managed sanctuary
zones have five times the number of large fish compared to
As a magazine for boating enthusiasts, we are surprised and
disappointed that Afloat allowed such divisive material to be
published. Mr Lockwood works hard to separate “divers” from
“fishers”, yet many divers enjoy fishing, and we’re sure many of
your fishing readers enjoy a snorkel or SCUBA dive. Such attempts
at divisiveness are unnecessary and out-of-touch with people
who just love the water and enjoy many different recreational
pursuits around Sydney.
URG is a long-standing club with a dedicated team of
members who volunteer their time to support marine science
projects. We collect objective data for scientists and managers
in order to conserve our wonderful marine life; for the benefit
of everyone who loves our oceans. Any assertion to the contrary
fails to recognize our long history of contribution and is highly
offensive and totally unfounded.
President, Under water Research Group NSW.
R.S.V.P. Please ensure letters to the RSVP section include your contact
details (e.g. Name, phone number, email address and suburb).
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