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I went down to the local RMS to get a new tide chart the
They were not on display like the other free notifications and
pamphlets, so I had to take a number and wait. It was not busy,
but it was not until 20 minutes later my number was eventually
called. The person at the window then informed me that there
were no tide charts available and she had no idea if they had
even come in yet.
OK, so it was only the first week of July and maybe the RMS
can’t see the need for tide charts ... after all you can go and look
and see if it is low or high can’t you?
We pay to have our boats registered and if you have a keel
or a larger vessel you need tide charts. Why can’t they send out
the charts to registered boat owners? Most people don’t have
the time to wait in line.
I used to be able to pick up a copy of Afloat, who publish a
Tide Chart monthly, from my local NSW Maritime office but since
the amalgamation they no longer stock them.
Anybody got any better ideas than this? I live in a country
town so there are no other outlets except RMS. While I’m
whinging I don’t like having to read your fine magazine on my
[RMS are currently addressing the problem and Afloat has
recently agreed to their request to re-stock a limited number
of magazines at selected offices which will have a dedicated
‘maritime wall’ with maritime related brochures and possibly
even Tide Charts — Ed]
Kathleen Gillett not an historic vessel
but a shiny, idealised gentleman’s
I feel that the comments from Bruce Stannard and echoed by
your Editor on the subject of Kathleen Gillett (Afloat Jun’14) cannot
be let pass without comment.
Kathleen was a Bi-Centennial gift from the people of Norway
to the people of Australia to highlight maritime links between
our two countries. The fact that she sailed around the world
(mind you, not the first Australian yacht to do so) and her link
to the Sydney–Hobart yacht race would not be important factors
to the Nor wegians.
Quite apart from Mr Stannard’s regard for him neither Jack
Earl or his work are likely to have been recognised in Oslo. The
Australian Government accepted the proposal on the basis of
her connection with Norway and not as a memorial to Jack Earl
as your writer suggests.
So it was assumed by ANMM that the configuration
and appearance of the vessel as built, and perhaps at the
circumnavigation, was the most appropriate condition to aim for;
the important thing was the vessel, not her owner or subsequent
colourful history. What was finally handed over is totally at odds
with that configuration.
The name “Kathleen Gillett” was never carved into the vessel’s
hull until the Bobbin Head work. Photographic evidence clearly
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