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Cruising on Diomedea
Diomedea is a Van de Stadt Tasman 48. The name is the species name of the Wandering Albatross of the Southern Ocean.
?? Wooden Boat
David and Andrea
February21,2016, Launceston

This one designed and built by someone with an admitted passion for naval vessels. It is actually wood, not iron. A small internal combustion engine of some description. Later in the day the flag changed from the Imperial Japanese to the French Tricoleur. Que??

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More Wooden Boats
David and Andrea
February21,2016, Launceston

We visited the surprisingly interesting Wooden Boat Festival right here in Launceston. Lots of elegant craft including this steam launch. Powered by coal, which is carefully hidden in a bin under the foredeck.

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More Pix in photo gallery.
February14,2016, Launceston

More from Corinna, Maria Island and more recently from Low Head light foghorn, and the Bass and Flinders museum in Georgetown. The large wooden boat is a full scale replica of the Norfolk which sailed around Tasmania back in the day. The replica has sailed to Sydney and back.

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Headin' for the West Coast
David and Andrea
January28,2016, Corinna, Tasmania

We took advantage of a long weekend to escape the dense bushfire smoke of the north coast. We drove through the Tarkine wilderness to Corinna on the remote Pieman river. This flows out into the Southern Ocean about 1/3 of the way up the west coast from Macquarie Harbour. There is a historic village from the logging and mining days, now converted to excellent accomodation. We stayed 3 nights and had meals at the restaurant on 2. A river cruise on the Arcadia was enjoyed. We did quite a few walks in the region and also a thrutch up Mt Zeehan.

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Where there is smoke ......
David and Andrea
January21,2016, Launceston, Tasmania

Terrible fires raging to our west resulting in thick smoke collecting in the Tamar valley. This is the view from our balcony. Normally we have an excellent view down the river for 10km. Now less than 500 metres due to bushfire smoke. It has been like this for days. Everything smells of smoke.

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Maria Island and Surrounds
David and Andrea
January18,2016, Maria island

Excellent climb from sea level to 630m "Bishop and Clark" peak on the island, after examining the Fossil cliffs. There are many thousands of shell and sea fan fossils, dating back to 300 million years BN (before now). Incredible. Convict heritage also present from 19th century. Some buildings fully restored and used for modern accomodation. Really nice.
We also climbed the Three Thumbs range just south of Orford and did some coastal walks at Swansea. Had two nights at the very nice Brockley Estate heritage farm stay 10km west of Orford. The lady of the house is from the Canary islands and brings outstanding Spanish cuisine to the table. Yum.
Pix in the Tasmania folder, photo gallery.

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