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Boaters advised to keep clear of
new Shark Listening Station Buoys
Boaters are advised to keep clear of new customised yellow
buoys which have been deployed as part of the NSW Government
Shark Management Strategy along the NSW north coast from
Kingscliff to Forster.
The Department of Primary Industries has deployed eight
new customised ‘listening station buoys’ which are around
3.5m long and fitted with 3.5m long steel sub-frames. The
buoys have been deployed at a depth of 10-12 metres at the
Kingscliff Main Beach, Kingscliff (28°15.141’S and 153°
Lennox Headland, Lennox Head (28° 48.258’S, 153° 36.460E)
Evans Head Main Beach, Evans Head (29° 06.531’S, 153°
Yamba Main Beach, Yamba (29° 26.000’S, 153° 22.191E)
Park Beach, Coffs Harbour (30° 17.473’S, 153° 08.717E)
Front Beach, South West Rocks (30° 52.782’S, 153° 02.715E)
Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie (31° 28.849’S, 152°
Forster Main Beach, Forster (32° 10.443’S, 152° 30.960E)
Vessel operators are advised to exercise caution when
navigating near the buoys which are marked by a yellow flashing
light with a range of two nautical miles and a flash rate of one
second on, four seconds off.
For more information on the DPI strategy visit http://www.
Jim Butterworth spent 20 years and an untold amount of
money restoring the lovely steam yacht Preana but now, at the
age of 80, he has reluctantly decided to offer her for sale.
The iconic vessel which has been greatly admired by steam
buffs from around the world, will go to a buyer prepared to offer
a six figure sum. Butterworth has not fixed a price tag, preferring
instead to wait and see what, if any, offers eventuate.
A realistic offer is unlikely to be forthcoming from Tasmanian
interests, which means the 16 metre vessel, built in Huon Pine in
Hobart in 1896, will very likely be sold to a steam aficionado in
Europe or the United States. Although Preana is on the Historic
Vessels Register there are no national heritage rules preventing
her acquisition and export by foreign interests.
Jim Butterworth is sanguine about the possibility of his
dreamship going overseas.
Hobart’s historic steam yacht Preana
may be sold to overseas interests
if an Australian buyer cannot be
found. Bruce Stannard reports on
the possible loss of an irreplaceable
piece of Australia’s maritime heritage.
“I have put a fair
chunk of my life into
this boat,” he said,
“but now it’s time
to someone who has
the passion and the
means to continue
to maintain her as I
Preana is in survey as a commercial craft able to carry 12
fare-paying passengers and her four crew in enclosed waters.
Operating out of Hobart’s historic Sullivan’s Cove, she has been
able to break even as a sight-seeing boat taking tourists on short
trips around the Derwent estuary. But now that the Hobart port
authorities have set about dismantling and rebuilding her usual
berth near the Elizabeth Street Pier, she is obliged to shift, perhaps
to a less favourable waterfront site. The move finally prompted
Butterworth to agree to let her go.
“I have enjoyed my time on Preana,” he said. “ When I found
her she was a tide-washed wreck. I saved her and I’m proud of
that but I’m 80 now and I can no longer run around as I used to.”
Butterworth is leaving Preana in A1 order. All her brightwork
has been recoated and her 12 distinctive brass ports are all
gleaming under fresh coats of laquer. Her 1905 US Navy steam
pinnace engine is in perfect working order, sending her along
nicely at seven knots.
Australia has very few historic vessels and apart from the
steam yacht Ena, none that can rival Pre an a ’s authenticity. I for
one will be very sorry indeed to see her go abroad, but if that is
what is required to keep her afloat and intact, then so be it. h
What price history?
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