Sunday, 26 February 2012

Aloft me hearties!

The James Craig, originally the Clan MacLeod (1874), is a 3-masted barque which was restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet between 1973 and 2001. A friend attended a Maritime Museum conference during the week, and on Friday evening from 4pm 'til 8pm, attendees chugged on the James Craig under motor out to Watsons Bay and then leisurely sailed back. I got to tag along. Hee hee ...

Most of the crew were volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet, many of whom had been instrumental in her salvage and return to glory. As you may be aware, a huge proportion of volunteers are over retirement age. Which brings to mind the old quote: In your guts, you know they're nuts!

They were still lashing the canvas as we came back in under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and concluded our voyage with a chugg up and around Cockatoo Island, before returning to the permanent berth of the James Craig beside Wharf 7 which is launched as the home of the Sydney Heritage Fleet in a few months.

This is my contribution to the Sunday Bridges community.

25 comments:

Carole M. said...

great photos Julie; a really unique opportunity!

Steffe said...

That top photo is a good one. Nice to see that they have spent so much time restoring barque.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Just love the first and last photo Julie, lucky you to get such a fantastic opportunity to sail the high seas!! I haven't heard that expression before 'in your gut's...! but I'll certainly remember it for future use.

Joan Elizabeth said...

"in your guts you know they're nuts" I think anyone of any age is nuts climbing that high walking on ropes, it makes my stomach squirm just looking at your photo.

AL said...

At any age, I'd love to be up there on the rigging feeling the wind in my face and no doubt, having a marvellous view. Lucky you to get a ride!

Peter said...

Must be hard being aloft in a storm, a real chance to sail Sydney.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

That first picture is my favorite, Julie!

Joe said...

"in your guts, you know there nuts". What an amusing phrase. Great photos Julie. PS. It's not only my guts that tells me there nuts.

hamilton said...

It is good to see these retirees having so much fun!

Louis la Vache said...

Julie, «Louis» is delighted that you have once again contributed to Sunday Bridges and he looks forward to your further participation. This is a fine post!

Indrani said...

Fun captures. They are having great time.

diane b said...

What an amazing opportunity for you. It must have been a super trip.

Riet said...

THat is a wonderful opportunity. Great captures

VioletSky said...

That doesn't look like an easy task!
Nuts, indeed.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots, I love the first one. The sky looks beautiful too. Happy Sunday!

orvokki said...

Kauniit kuvat. Ylin on mieluinen. Ihmettelen, jos ne miehet eivät yhtään pelkää olla noin korkealla.

Julie said...

Translating from the Finnish:

Beautiful photos. The highest is pleasing. I wonder if the men do not have any fears about a high level.

Orvokki: the men were like young boys in their enthusiasm to climb the rigging.

Jim said...

Marvellous shots, Julie. A different view of the bridge too.

Ann said...

Lucky, lucky you.

Ann said...

no height phobia? Don't look down.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good and nice photos.
Smile on my face for the first one :)

Regards and best wishes

NixBlog said...

Ouch! I'm having an OHS moment... Are they wearing harnesses? (Just been in an OHS training session)...

Julie said...

Mostly they wore harnesses ... there was one ornery codger who chose his own moments. But mostly yes ...

Valerie said...

Great, lively captures Julie. What an exciting adventure you shared! I bet those devotees were just busting all over with delight in participating too. Thanks for dropping by my blog again. Happy weekend!

Julie said...

They most certainly were, Valerie. There were nearly as many volunteers aboard, as there were paying customers.