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I have a 38ft Flybridge cruiser which my wife and I, as well
as a close group of friends, enjoy many hours navigating the
waterways around Sydney. It is normal practice, especially at
night when returning from sea, to keep the port (red) channel
marker to the left. And starboard marker (green) to the right.
Hence the ditty “Green to green when going upstream. Green
to red when seas are ahead.”
I was informed by many who should know that this is the
international law of the sea. Right? Wrong.
On a recent visit to the USA, I discovered that they have their
markers the other way round, with their ditty “red right returning”.
What I want to know is this. Where does this rule apply?
USA only? Is it countries who drive on the left? Where does the
If I am on a round the world sailing adventure I will need to
know where the protocol changes are with regard to channel
markers. Getting it wrong could be disastrous.
Clive Freeburn, <email@example.com>
James confirmed the arrangement whereby two pilot
companies, one inner and one outer, would wait for ships to
be navigated. Each company had its own schooner – the other
company’s schooner was the Mavis.
He tells of the “ticklish job in bad weather with our little
dinghies and two men. The ship would stop if it was a steamer,
or lay to under back main and mizzen topsails if a sailor. Our
schooner would lay to on the lee side of her, so that the dinghy
would have her lee to go to and from the ship. The pilots had to be
pretty smart, too, if the ship was rolling much, to catch the man
ropes and skip up the Jacob’s ladder before they got a ducking.”
So much for occupational health and safety in those days
Bull’s Shipyard was the builder of Metung which was designed
by Alan Payne of Gretel fame, took part in six Sydney-Hobart races,
and was the subject of a Jack Earle painting hung with pride in
the Metung Yacht Club.
Castle Cove, NSW.
Vale Bruce Wearne
At the beginning of September, Bruce Wearne known for his
running of the Boat Locker for over 30 years peacefully passed
away. A small family funeral was held.
I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to all the
people passing on their thoughts.
Pam, his loving wife has decided to sell the business and the
changeover will take effect from the beginning of October 2017.
Again many thanks to all.
David Ramsay, Boat Locker,
The Rip in The Rip
Lance Ross’s article describing the research behind creating
The Rip in The Rip oil painting (Afloat Sept’17) coincided with my
recent purchase and reading of J.C . (Joe) Bull’s 1974 book ‘Sailing
Ships and Paddle Wheels and other Gippsland Shipping’.
Joe’s book caught my eye as I had sailed with a member of the
family, Steve “Calf” Bull on maxi yacht Bumblebee 4 many years ago.
Joe’s father, Capt. James Bull (b. 1848), of Surrey, England
served as second mate on the Rip around 1876, it being “a fore-
and-aft schooner, and was a nice handy little craft, well fitted
out for the purpose.”
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