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Roads and Maritime Services expired marine flare
collection program kicks off in January 2018. Most
flares have a use-by date of three years, and they
must be replaced before the expiry date.
Visit rms.nsw.gov.au/flares to find a collection
point near you to safely dispose of your expired
Expired Flare Disposal
Rip rip wood chip, Turn it into paper,
Throw it in the bin
Remember my story ‘Warning Shots’ about how King Haakon
VII escaped from Norway in 1940 (Afloat O c t ’17) ?
In an incredible Bonnie and Clyde chase that lasted two
months, they evaded German dive bombing attacks and the
50 hit men that Hitler parachuted in to catch them. They were
assisted all the way by loyal Norwegians and were evacuated to
the safety of exile in UK. A Royal Navy ship was sent 200 miles
north of the Arctic circle by his nephew; George VI. (Haakon had
married George’s aunt Maud at Buck house in 1896.) .
Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo have sent a Christmas
present to the people of the UK The accompanying card reads
Graeme Andrews’ “Goodbye” announced in the November
issue of Afloat, caught most, if not all of his many avid readers
and admirers by surprise.
Graeme’s meticulously researched and well-written articles
brought maritime heritage issues sharply into focus and kept
alive the memory of so many fine vessels and the men and
women who sailed them.
Afloat will not seem quite the same without his regular input
and all those wonderful black and white photographs.
Graeme, thank you for sharing your deep knowledge with
all of us. You will be missed.
Moss Vale, NSW.
“ Thanks for your support 1940–1945.” This is the Christmas tree
that is the centre of festivities in Trafalgar Square, London.
But do you know what happens to this 20m spruce after
It is wood chipped.
Now would you destroy a Christmas present? Of course
not. Even that foul tie from auntie Gladys would be recycled in
the office ‘secret Santa’ or dedicated to cleaning your dip stick.
So why isn’t this prime stick of timber recycled more
thoughtfully? Any scraggy bunch of bushy weeds can be chipped.
This is a noble tree that deserves a more dignified send off. There
must be about a pilot cutter’s amount of timber in it. Surely the
Poms could save this source of valuable timber in a good cause?
Here in Australia, boatbuilder Ian Smith took a batch of Work
For The Dole Kids and they built the beautiful traditional clinker
lifeboats for the 1874 square rigger James Craig.
How about using the timber from this tree to show
boatbuilding skills to youngsters? Do you think the generous
Norwegian people, who all clubbed together to buy their king the
royal yacht Norge after the war would approve of their gift being
turned into something about boats rather than garden mulch?
Go on. Take a wild guess ...
There might be enough left over for a spare topmast for Victory.
That would please the bloke overlooking events from his column.
Patonga Creek, NSW.
Rosman Ferry Fleet
As a retired ferry master of some years standing, I was
interested in Sean Langman’s letter (Afloat Nov’17) concerning
the magnificent fleet of five Rosman ferries still operating out
of Berrys Bay on Sydney Harbour.
They are all timber, single-screw, fully compliant ferries and
date from 1921 to 1981. One is undergoing a full restoration with
none of the expense being paid for by the NSW government.
These old Rosman ferries were on regular runs around the
harbour for decades. They have one method of getting on and
off with wheelchairs: a safe and secure boarding gangplank and
the help of a trained, friendly deckhand. No problems at all.
Thank goodness they are owned by a famous yachting
identity who, through guts and hard work, pours thousands of
dollars into the fleet. Long may he continue to maintain these
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