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u All cruising and racing cordage
u Boom & genoa furling systems
u Deck hardware
u New mast building, painting &
u Mast tuning, transporting & lifting
u Leather work
u Lazy jack systems
u Full stock of Dyform wire
u Rod rigging installation
u Hydraulic system installation
u Swaging & splicing of wire & rope
u Winch installation & servicing
u Carbon repairs
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Poring over the map, I felt a frisson of delight in rediscovering
some of the haunts of my long ago childhood. Nostalgia, the
stuff of dreams that keeps us forever young, took me back to the
bustling waterfront, the sights, the sounds and the smells of a
barefoot Balmain boyhood, paddling tin canoes and messing
about in boats.
My attention focussed initially on the Harbour and the
myriad vessels that seem to be busy as beetles darting over the
mirror surface of a shallow pond. A stiff nor-easter is plucking
the plumes of coal black smoke from the stacks of the steamers.
Look at the big three-masted French barque outward-bound
off Bennelong Point. She is the 130 metre paquetbot (packet
boat or mail steamer) Sydney, one of seven speedy ships in the
service of La Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, bringing
first, second and third class passengers from Marseilles to
New Caledonia via the Indian Ocean and Australian ports like
Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Look closely and you
will see the distinctive MM house flag flying proudly from her
In Farm Cove, three British men o’ war on the Royal Navy’s
Australia Station lie at anchor under the watchful eyes of their
senior officers, ensconced no doubt, in the cloistered splendour of
Admiralty House at Kirribilli. Fort Macquarie, then still functioning
as a military garrison, sits at the northern extremity of Bennelong
Point with its central parade ground clearly visible.
Within the broad blue arc of the semi-circular quay lie ships
in transition. The great age of sail is not yet finished but neither
has steam power completely taken over.
The cargo vessels lying alongside wharves in Campbell’s Cove
are discharging their precious bonded goods directly into the
solid sandstone security of the Argyle Stores. Built in the 1820s,
they still stand, as does the neighbouring red brick Anglo-Dutch
style ASN Co headquarters and bond, built in 1885.
Although many of the historic cottages and cobblestone lanes
that straggled through The Rocks were later swept away by the
construction of the southern pylons for the Harbour Bridge, the
map gives us a glimpse of the tightly packed terraces, and some
of the precious buildings that survive, most notably the Garrison
Church and the Observatory with its wonderful Time Ball Tower.
And while the elegant sandstone tower is no longer visible
from the Harbour, it once played a vital role in giving ships’
officers and townspeople alike, the exact time.
At one o’clock precisely each day, starting from July 19, 1873,
the golden time ball (250kg of lead encased in a gleaming copper
sphere) dropped and a small signal cannon was immediately
fired from the Dawes Point Battery. Later, the signal cannon was
transferred to Fort Denison where it continues to be fired, if only
for the amusement of tourists.
The 1888 map shows Walsh Bay packed with ships and so too
is the long arm of Darling Harbour reaching away to the south
beyond the swingspan of the Pyrmont Bridge and into Cockle Bay.
On the western shore, a jutting green peninsula marks the
site of what was Darling Island. One of Sydney’s several “lost
islands” it was reclaimed, levelled and joined to the mainland,
ready for the 1890s construction of the Australasian Steam
Navigation Company’s extensive coaling jetties, slipways and
Further to the west, on the base of the Balmain Peninsula, lies
another of those lost islands, Glebe Island, its presence marked
by the wooden piers of the Glebe Island Bridge.
The low, rocky, 12-hectare island, was originally part of a
church land grant made to the First Fleet Chaplain, the Reverend
Richard Johnson. It was joined to the mainland by a causeway
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