2013 End of Year Images
2013 Field Trips
Tall Ship Adventure
“Well, what are you doing for Father’s Day? Will it be Jocks, Socks, Chocs ?
Or will you be travelling with me aboard a 2 mast 3 sail ketch escorting Tall Ships on the Port River to Outer Harbour and out into the Gulf. “
I am Phill Pawson newly elected President of the Noarlunga and Southern District Camera Club.
That’s what I asked the members of the Noarlunga Camera Club assembled for one of our twice monthly meetings.
That’s how the latest of the NSDCC day outing started.
It was many weeks before that the plan hatched. A chance reference that I had come across on the internet referred to the marking of the Centenary of the Royal Australian Navy with, amongst other things, a Tall Ship sail past in Sydney. This led to a story of a British ship and three Dutch ships sailing into Port Adelaide.
How to get out alongside on their way in or out? On the SA Maritime Museum and the ‘One And All’ web sites a link to
Blue Ice Charters and the ‘Solomon Ophir’
I rang – yes they would be available for the day (Sunday) but would need minimum numbers.
I spread the word and assembled 20 or so members, associates and independent photographers.
We assembled at the Royal SA Yacht Squadron at Outer Harbour early Sunday morning.
Safely on board by 8:30 we stowed our gear and assembled for our safety demonstration on deck. Assured there were enough
life jackets to go around we set off and headed for the port.
We waited near Snowden’s Beach; the bridges opened on time and out came the first of the expected 100 escort ships and boats.
A grand sight! Brightly coloured flags adorned the rigging. Our intrepid photographers lined the rails, cameras at the ready and
then it happened. A Tall Ship squeezed past the open bridges and towards us. The Barque ‘Europa’ led the way!
Sail Training Ship ‘Europa’ a classic three-master.
The Special purpose sail training ship ‘Europa’ was built in 1911.
In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship)
and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition.
What a sight it was! Our skipper manoeuvred through the smaller vessels and soon we were tracking alongside. The roar of shutters was amazing. I would hate to guess how many images were taken in those first few minutes. We were travelling slowly; ‘Europa’ cruised past us giving us a near perfect view. Although the sun was in a difficult direction, none were disappointed.
We turned back after a short while just in time to see the Adelaide based Sail Training vessel ‘One And All’ pass by the bridges. Our Skipper manoeuvred back and around on a parallel path and we had a wonderful view of ‘One And All’ bearing down on our stern. Maybe a bit too close? Great skill by our skipper allowed the ‘One And All’ to pass by on our starboard side - sensational!
The close view allowed us to see the crew climbing out on the bow spit and up the mast to the cross arms. We can be proud of our local Tall Ship.
Turning back again we discover the remaining two Tall Ships passing the Bridges. The ‘Oosterschelde’ with the ‘Tecla’ close behind. Both Ships pass so close, we are having a great time. I have exhausted my supply of film and return to my digital camera.
We look ahead to see where the other ships are. They have hoisted their sails and look a grand sight ahead of us. So many small craft surround them, it is amazing.
We are alongside ‘Tecla’ as we pass by the Outer Harbour Terminal. The crew are hoisting their sails as well. No fancy electric or hand cranked winches here. It is a hard slog; two crew hauling on ropes, the sound of the block & tackle and the sound of the sails, it is intoxicating. I want be on board with them!
We follow them out into the Gulf. Our skipper sets off to catch the early leavers. We are soon behind ‘Europa’. So many other craft in the way, don’t they know all we want is a clear shot? Then suddenly there it is a small opening for that elusive clear shot. Got it, (I think) well hope so. Our skipper pulls alongside ‘Europa’. A beautiful full side on, another clean shot in the bag.
Our skipper swings past ‘Oosterschelde’. We travel down the starboard side, across the bow and back along the port side. More clean shots, many small craft are still around us, sails are up, sun is shining, gentle wind just enough to fill the sails….
We turn back; hard to believe we have been on board for nearly 4 hours. There is ‘Tecla’, all sails deployed, a beautiful sight. Our crew return us safely to the Royal SA Yacht Squadron at Outer Harbour. We are all too soon tied up and disembarking. Lots of smiles, new friends bid farewell. A morning well spent.
The ‘Lord Nelson’, the fourth Tall Ship remained in Port. I returned the next day to see it off as well (is it she or he?) waiting at the Outer Harbour Terminal. After a short wait, out came the Lord Nelson. Not many small ships as an escort, in fact just the Pilot boat (no not a Pirate!) A bit disappointing as no sails up, but still a wonderful sight.
On the way home we stopped at Semaphore. Looking out to sea we could just make out ‘Lord Nelson’ and closing in rapidly was ‘One And All’ in full sail. They saluted and went on their way. A dramatic end to the event.
So what did you do that day? Was it Jocks, Socks, Chocs? Or did you see the Tall Ships off like us?
ps Hope I have the nautical terms correct.
Home Port Scheveningen The Netherlands
Length over all: 56m
Max. Sail Area: 1250 square metres
STV ‘One and All’ is owned by the South Australian Government for and on behalf of the people of South Australia
COMMISSIONED: 5 April, 1987
TYPE OF VESSEL: Brigantine
CONSTRUCTION: Timber-carvel built with a clipper stem and counter stern.
Length overall: 42.68m
On deck: 30.05m
Draught (boards up): 2.85m
(boards dn): 3.96m
Sail area: 581sq m
Height of main mast: 27.00m
(waterline to truck)
Tonnage: 207 tonnes weight
The three-masted topsail schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century.
As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship the ‘Oosterschelde’ is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.
Type: Three-masted topsail schooner
Year of Launch: 1918
Restoration: 1988 – 1992
Port of registration: Veerhaven, Rotterdam
Length overall: 50 m
Length stem to stern: 40,12 m
Width: 7,5 m
Draught: 3,00 m
Airdraught: 36 m
Sail area: 891 square m
The ‘Tecla’ is a fast sailor, built for the North Sea. Her rigging is as traditional as it gets. A two mast Ketch with topsails and different sizes foresails for light weather.
The ‘Tecla’ is an old Herring drifter (Logger)
Shipping type: Logger
Homeport: Winkel, NL
Date built: 1915
Length: 38 m
Beam: 6.55 m
Draught: 2.70 m
Sail: 370 m2
Height of mast: 22.5 m
Shipping Type: Sail Training Ship
Date built: 1986
Length: 42.8m (55m including bow spit)
Keel to Masthead 37.7 m
Sail Area 1,024m2 (18 sails)
Unique in its kind. The ‘Lord Nelson’ is a pioneer in the sailing community. The ‘Lord Nelson’ is one of only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical disabilities to sail side-by-side on equal terms.
In May 2013 the Camera Club spent a delightful weekend at the Pompoota Homestead, situated on the River Murray 22km from Murray Bridge at Pompoota. The sprawling homestead with its sweeping lawns had it's own billabong, boat ramp and foot bridge which went to the edge of the river. Kayaking, walking, climbing trees, bird watching and lots of merriment made for a fun and relaxing weekend.
There is always someone ready to have fun and Helen, known for her climbing prowess, was the first to climb the huge old gum that had fallen at the side of the billabong.
The kayaks were put to good use, two were available to paddle in the billabong or the river. And what made it even more enjoyable was the bird life on the billabong, including egrets, herons, ducks and a resident spoonbill. With so many photographic opportunities everyone was happy!!
Sunday 17th March 2013 was the day we had our Club BBQ at River Bend Park, Clarendon. Lovely coolish day with both a bit of sun and a cool breeze to occasionally blow our hair around.
We had quite a good turn out, around 130 of us. Yes, there were about 30 people and around 100 wasps. They were after our food, every time we lifted up a lid or glad wrap they were there, luckily they hardly landed on anything. The cooking was great as usual and the salads and desserts were enjoyed.
Nerina Wegener brought her sons along so they were playing what some people may call Cricket, I just call it chucking a ball at some sticks...ha,ha,ha. Nerina also brought some beautiful Photographic books along for anyone to browse through.
There were also two sets of Boul'e Balls so at least ten of us so called fit people had a game or twelve. I won a game, with Dave Wheelwright winning around four. It was meant to be the first one to win five games but I think they all got tuckered out before that happened.
The day ended about 4.00pm and I reckon all who attened enjoyed their day. Look forward to the next one.
Cheers for now, Wendy Wheelwright
In the process of redesigning our website, and recovering from a malicious attack on it, some previous events text has been lost.
But since every "picture tells a story of 1,000 words" we hope that the images in the various galleries under the EVENTS heading will give you an insight into our club, the functions we hold, and the trips away we take.
Thank you for your understanding.