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The Dog Watch
published annually by the
Shiplovers’ Society of Victoria
Hon Editor: Greg Wane
RRP: n/a (112pp)
The Dog Watch has been published
annually since 1943 for ship enthusiasts
throughout Australia and overseas.
This year marks the 73rd annual
edition, a labour of love by members of
the Shiplovers’ Society of Victoria, a collection stories of personal
experiences at sea, together with articles based on maritime research.
The cover of The Dog Watch is a fine photo of the barque SV
Tenaci ous with an accompanying article by its Master, Captain Darren
The Jubilee Sailing Trust owns and operates two tall ships,
Tenacious and her senior sister Lord Nelson but it is the Trust’s mission
that makes all the difference.
Captain Naggs sums up this as being ‘to integrate the able-
bodied and those living with a disability though the experience of
tall ship sailing, to break down barriers between people of different
circumstances, to build social inclusion and bring togethers people
from all walks of life regardless of their circumstances or background.’
Another interesting article which was previously published in
Afloat is Chris Kelly’s account of The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
who died at sea during a round-the-world solo yacht race in 1969.
Then there is ‘Getting Ringbolt’ by Shiplovers’ Society member
WP Shemmeld explaining some rather obscure nautical terms and
recalling the popular ‘Gulf Trips’ from Port Adelaide.
All great reading for anyone interested in ships, old and new,
of wrecks and fires aboard, of ‘where are we? ’ navigation problems,
and the evolution of sailing ships and their incredible rigs.
Shiplovers’ Society of Victoria, Port Melbourne
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .au
The Flag’s Up
The First 20 Years of the South Head
Lookout Post 1790-1809
by Peter Poland
published by Halstead Press, Ultimo, NSW
RRP: $29.95 (175pp)
“Here on the summit of the hill, every morning from daylight
until the sun sunk, did we sweep the horizon, in the hope of seeing
a sail. At every fleeting speck which arose from the bosom of the
sea, the heart bounded, and the telescope was raised to the eye...
“On the evening of 3rd June the joyful of cry of ‘the flag’s up’
resounded in every direction ...’’
So wrote Marine Captain Watkin Trench in 1790, recording a most
significant event for the struggling colony, the arrival of the first ship
in the Second Fleet, Lady Juliana, hopefully saving the infant colony
and its population of military and convicts from potential starvation.
Lady Juliana brought an additional 225 convicts to the colony.
Unfortunately, most of her cargo of flour had been destroyed on
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Cape Horner’s Club
Cape Horn’s fearsome reputation and the price it has
extracted from those who venture there derives from a
lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most
powerful natural dynamic forces on the earth’s surface. These
legendarily treacherous conditions were enough to secure
Cape Horn’s reputation as the ultimate in ocean violence; the
supreme test of sailors and ships. It is the oceanic equivalent
of the climbers’ Everest, and the challenge to some became
irresistible. The roll call of sailors who have managed to
round the Horn east-about (and more rarely, head to wind and west-about) glitters
with the names of sailing legends: Vito Dumas, Marcel Bardiaux, Francis Chichester,
Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth. HB 304 pages $34.95
Paul Elvstrøm explains the
Racing Rules of Sailing
Completely revised to cover the new rules for 2017-2020, it
includes the full text of the racing rules, and a handy quick
reference guide to the latest changes at the front. Bird’s-eye
illustrations show exactly how to interpret each rule, and
there is a section on how to present your case in a protest.
PB 256 pages $38.95
the voyage and it was not until the 25
June that the transport Surprise arrived at
Port Jackson, followed within days by two
ships – and with a significant quantity of
This enabled Governor Phillip to order
‘ full rations’ to be restored.
The South Head Lookout Post, now
called the South Head Signal Station, remains one of the most historic
sites in Australia. After Sydney Cove and Rose Hill (later renamed
Parramatta), the South Head Lookout Post, with its cottages down
in what is now Watsons Bay, was the third place in Australia where
colonists were permanently living.
Ever since Governor Phillip ordered the erection of the first
flagstaff in January 1790 there has been at least one flagstaff on
the site which has been virtually permanently manned by various
Those stationed at the Lookout Post and its successor, the
South Head Signal Station have witnessed the arrival and departure
of almost every ship at Sydney Harbour often carrying key figures
in our history.
Author and historian Peter Poland <peter_poland@hotmail.
com> has written a most interesting book highlighting the first 20
years of the South Head Lookout Post, from 1790 to 1809.
In fact, the more I have read of the arrivals and departures
of those sailing ships, and their passengers, during the first two
decades of the colony, the more fascinating reading it becomes.
Congratulations, Peter, on a well researched and most readable
account of the early days of the colony. h
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