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All at Sea with the wrong poet
I do enjoy Afloat, it is truly priceless but there is a minor
correction needed to John Quirk’s Foul Bottoms ‘All At Sea With
Buster Keaton’ (Afloat Feb’16).
In discussing his favourite ailments Quirk reveals he had TB
at the age of 13 and goes on to say, “ TB or consumption as it was
known then, was the popular early demise of pansy 19th century
poets like Percy Bysshe Shelley.”
However, Quirky has got the wrong 19th century poet. Shelley
didn’t die of TB. Shelley was drowned at sea, aged thirty, sailing
his boat Don Juan (named after a poem by Byron) in a violent
storm off the coast of Italy in July 1822. Despite his unfortunate
second name Shelley was a keen (though possibly not very
Harry McEvoy and the
Further to Phillip McEvoy’s search for information on
speedboat Cettien (Afloat Dec’15).1 remember that boat very well
indeed because, as a kid I lived in Kogarah Bay in the 1930s and
my Saturday afternoon entertainment was to walk to Ramsgate
and take the steam tram to Sans Souci and watch the speedboat
races at St George Motor Boat Club.
Cettien was my idol. It rarely competed in club events but mainly
in championships such as the Griffith Cup. Its main opponents
were a series of boats named Eagle and another, Newsletter, along
with a sleek new generation fleet powered by the revolutionary
Ford V8 engines.
Cettien was housed in Peter Kemp’s Boatshed in Kogarah Bay
which I used to visit. I marvelled at this huge hydroplane powered
by an enormous 12-cylinder engine, I believe it was a W WI Liberty
aircraft engine. I recall the engine could be temperamental and
Cockle Bay Marina (opposite) will be utilised to play a big part
in berthing various and many wonderful vessels taking part.
This important detail was not mentioned in the editorial,
article nor the festival advertisement in your March edition.
The boating public of Sydney, as well as visiting the ANMM,
should also be invited to visit Cockle Bay Marina during the
festival and enjoy a variety of working steam boats, putt putts,
launches, cruisers, yachts, fishing boats and tug boats.
Coal Point, NSW.
I have been attending previous Sydney Classic and Wooden
Boat Festivals since 1990, having the pleasure to join and visit
so many beautiful and historic vessels. Each boat festival is
different and the growth of Sydney’s is fantastic.
This year will see the berthing also incorporating the Cockle
Bay Marina, so much better for our boats which prefer calmer
waters. Plus the benefit of walkways alongside which make it
easier to turn a berth into a festival.
We on Charita are looking forward to getting close to a new
group of vessels such as Gretel 2, Saga, Defiance and Ena which
has just returned from Melbourne under steam. Plus the movie
star Hurrica V.
I share Randi Svensen’s interest in the festival and being able
to bring a classic boat to the festival. It is, after all, the pleasure
and involvement which makes a boat and its owner a classic.
An English poet who did die of TB was John Keats who died
in Rome in 1821 aged twenty five. Keats had been diagnosed
with consumption a year earlier and moved to Italy hoping the
warmer climate would improve his health.
There is a parallel between Buster Keaton’s film The Boat and
Shelley’s untimely death. Shelley is said to have designed Don
Juan himself and later modified the rig to carry extra sail to beat
Lord Byron’s new boat Bolivar.
Two other men drowned along with Shelley when Don Juan went
down. Designing boats is something best left to the professionals.
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