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On 16/03/2021 at 11:35, TheBiscuits said:


Just drive straight in.


This is admittedly easier in a 27' boat than a 72' boat!

Yes, but it's so nice to use rarely used and unloved strapping posts. ?

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With a nod to the antipodean origins of this thread, here is James Shaw’s sketch of the steamer Voura first published in the Sydney Mail on 10 May 1879 and republished in the most recent Ringing World, the weekly newspaper for bellringers. There is an article by James Ingham telling the expoits of his grandfather's cousin WB Ingham, known as "WB", also a bellringer and owner of Voura.


"WB enlarged his ship Louisa, fitted three small cannons and renamed her Voura. She was now about 40 feet by 16 feet and lightly loaded, could make about 7 knots. She left Cooktown for New Guinea on 1st September 1878 with a cargo including several live goats. James Shaw, an Englishman serving as WB’s secretary, likened Voura’s appearance to “a wheelbarrow crossed by Noah’s Ark”. On 19th November 1878 Voura arrived at Dinner Island (now called Samarai) at the south east tip of New Guinea.


On 23rd November 1878 the crew was WB, Shaw, an English engineer, a Greek cook, two Chinese deckhands, three South Sea Islanders and a Wari Islander (between Samarai and Brooker) as pilot. Voura reached Brooker island on 24th November 1878 and the islanders co-operated and entertained their visitors to a feast. On 26th November 1878 as the crew were working on the beach; they were attacked, killed, roasted in stone ovens and eaten. Only Joe, the pilot, escaped to tell the tale. From another boat ten days later, from a safe distance, it was observed  that Voura was already partly dismantled. In June 1879 HMS Wolverine recovered what remained of WB’s possessions – a sextant box engraved ‘W Ingham RN’, a cookery book, an electro-plated spoon, some Masonic regalia, ‘Chandos’ (a novel by Ouida), a biography of Oliver Cromwell, Boswell’s life of Samuel Johnson and the memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini.  In 1879, on petition of the residents the Herbert River township was named Ingham." 


Here's to fewer hazards to navigation around the world.




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