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Old 11-10-2017, 07:50 PM   #101
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The Sugar Cane Harvester seen in posts #80 and 81 was built here in Thibodaux, Louisiana by John Deere, I worked there, selling these and other Ag machinery we built 1965-99. It is interesting to see one pop up in Trawler Forum.
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Old 11-11-2017, 01:47 AM   #102
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Only joking !


Back to some serious stuff...


The other reason for visiting the Naval Museum was to visit a boat called 'Krait', 'Krait' meaning a dangerous species of snake, was originally built in Japan in 1934 as the 'Kofuku Maru' (meaning Happiness or Good Fortune) and was employed collecting fish from fishermen and from ports around the Rhio archipelago and supplying water and food in return.
Confined in port due to hostilities it was proposed the vessel be used for covert operations.
In an operation named 'Jaywick' in 1943 her finest hour came when, with a 14 strong company of British and Australian troops she set out on a daring raid on Singapore, getting to within 20 miles of Singapore she launched 3 folboats (folding canoes) each with 2 men on board. These folboats paddled into Singapore harbour and attached limpet mines to seven tankers and freighters totalling 37,000 tons and blew them up or severely damaged them before returning safely with no lives lost in the raiding party.
After the war she was sold to a British sawmill owner in Borneo, she was spotted some years later by some visiting Australians and fund was raised to bring her back to Sydney, she was brought back and then donated to the museum.

Sadly, when we asked to see here we we're told she's in dry-dock for another 9 months getting her planking and upper works brought back up to standard.
Unfortunately all I could find for you is an archive photo kindly supplied by the museum.
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Just on the outskirts of Sydney is the famous Bondi beach, well known to surfers and sun worshippers.


What we, from the Northern hemisphere, found a bit strange is that the Australians are preparing to have Christmas in summer, we always associate Christmas with snow and dark winter days. Many Aussies have their Christmas celebrations on this beach, I envy them.
Today we visited a Phillipino Christmas festival with songs, dance and lots of happy families enjoying themselves in the sunshine.
It sure beats our cold dark winters.
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As we come to the end of our Australian visit we thank Bruce K for the 'heads up' and give you some pho's of Sydney.

Sydney was first named Port Jackson by Captain James Cook and its first settlers arrived in 1788.

Photo's.
1, Sydney university building.

2,Signal box levers for the old railway goods line out of the old docks before it was all knocked down and refurbished.

3,Part of the old docks warehousing complex still remaining.

4, Wherever you go in Sydney you are never far from a building site as the city grows.

5, Chinatown is a good place for a meal.

6,7, Chinese Garden of Friendship, an oasis of calm in bustling Sydney.

8,Indigenous Didgeridoo player tapping tourists.

9,Much photographed Sydney harbour bridge.

10, Cruise liner 'Carnival Spirit moored for the day while it disgorges its passengers to visit Sydney. These ships arrive in port usually in the silent hours between 0200/0500 hrs and leave before 2300 hrs in the evening to keep harbour dues within the 24 hr charges to reduce cost, when cruising they cruise at maximum economical speed while the passengers are sleeping to reduce fuel costs.
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Just a wee bit more for you to see.

Photo's,
1, 'Norwegian jewel' cruise ship, in for the day.

2, Crocodile 'Mick Dundee' 'living statue' tapping the tourists.

3,This flower boy was taking a ciggy break.

4, World famous Sydney opera house.
The design by Danish architect Jorn Utzon was the winner in a worldwide competition for the new opera house.

5, Manley beach has a protective net against sharks and jellyfish.

6, Self explanatory.

7,8, You just can't keep the Celts away ! This Scottish pipe band who wear the Military Gordon tartan kilt are playing to the public trying to raise money to fly the band and dancers over to Scotland to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018.
If you would like to contribute/donate towards the costs of their visit contact info@mwpb.com.au. they will be very grateful for your help.

9, On the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month was when the armistice was signed in the 1st world war and is enshrined as Remembrance day.
Lest we forget.
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Our personal impressions of Australia ?
We're not fans of excessively noisy American trucks, neither do we like to see over regulation, the road haulage industry should try and present itself in a better light to the public by toning it down, we know that without trucks Australia stops but it can be done just as efficiently but quieter simply by retro-fitting silencers the truck were originally supplied with.

Its hard to understand why the Australian industry and family homes have to pay so much for electricity when they're sitting on the Southern hemisphere's largest coal and gas deposits.
To cover the countryside with (alternative energy)wind generators would destroy the natural beauty of Australia.

Artesian wells can cope with the needs of agri/horticulture.
However living on-board we're very aware that drinking (potable) water is a precious commodity.
With approximately 80% of Australia's population living around its coastline why are there water shortages when Solar powered desalination plants could easily solve the problem.

That said we absolutely love Australia, it's peoples humour and friendly helpfulness.
The Aussie 'Can Do' attitude has built, and continues to build, an amazing country and if you don't visit and see for yourself your missing out.
We like the fact that 'Globalisation' has only partly invaded Aussie life. Aussie businesses employ local people and put money back into the Australian local and national economy, not some obscure faceless group of shareholders in another part of the world.
You only have to look at KFC to see how Pepsi Cola's globalised corporate management can ruin a good product, always seeking to cut corners until they lose their speciality identity, and profits. Australian Red Rooster outlets sell better products, and cheaper.

Drivers in Australia are courteous. the trains in Sydney are clean, efficient and on-time as are the buses, again its the 'Can Do' attitude, everyone's helpful, all pulling on the one team.

The food is fantastic, superb seafood, beautiful meat and crisp fresh veggies.
The beer brilliant ! my favourite is Toohey's xxxx and James Squire's 150 lashes. most people out of Australia associate Australian beer with Fosters, I never saw anyone drinking it in Australia.
Wine, my favourite everyday tipple s McGuigans Black Label or Penfold.


A truly memorable visit and as Arnie says 'I'll be back !)
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So glad you enjoyed your visit.
Your pic of Carnival Spirit was likely taken 5 November, when we disembarked after a short Pacific cruise for my partners birthday.
You have pics taken at Manly,and pics from the ferry terminal at Circular Quay,so I`m thinking you took the "slow" traditional ferry to Manly which gives a great view of the Harbour and crosses "The Heads" where the Harbour opens to the sea. Older Manly ferries(the current ones were built here) came from the UK, literally under their own steam. You might have seen the South Steyne at Darling Harbour, the finest of all Manly Ferries, built by Harland and Wolff.
Sydney has a desal plant, it was built about 8 years ago when the "experts" said the dams would never fill again. The dams have been full or near full ever since,the desal plant has never been required to contribute any water, it sits idle mothballed at a cost of $300M+ a year. It is "theoretically" renewable powered by convoluted political rationalizations.
We sell gas overseas at lower prices than we sell it to locals. Burning coal is regarded as antisocial. We have more energy sources, uranium included, than almost any country, yet pay heavily for electricity, so much that it is driving even more manufacturing offshore. For some, renewable non fossil fuel generation is the only way, but the sun don`t shine at night, the wind doesn`t always blow,and Tesla`s world`s biggest battery coming soon to one state, provides much less stored power than is needed, even for a small town.We have made a complete mess of our electricity supply system.
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G'day Bruce,
Yes we were in Sydney on the 5th and took the slow Manly ferry. We'd been tramping round Sydney on shanks pony for a few days and wanted an easy day. I know the ferries were built in Harland and Wolff which is why I wanted to ride on one, our family company is based just outside Belfast and we transported all the oils, chemicals etc. in tankers for them.
Oh I know very well about the stupidity of the 'green' alternative energy.
Germany wants to close 10 coal fired power stations and replace them with ?
Desal plants are fine but they need to be sited where the shortages are, not thought to be.
I'm still working out how the FACTUALLY measure carbon, guesstimates don't impress me one iota.
On a happy note I'm sure you enjoyed the Norwegian Jewel, she's a fine ship.
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Our trip to Australia comes to a close and we take to the air once more.
We've picked up a few tips on this flying malarkey, you know those horse shoe shaped neck pillows filled with foam, they look great with the velour covering, we're not keen on them plus they take up too much storage space in your luggage and if you carry them outside they are a PIA so we dumped ours in Singapore.
Why doesn't someone invent an inflatable type that can be stowed easily in your luggage ?
Did you know that once you've bought your flight and it's confirmed by the airline you can reserve your seat online with the airline, I didn't and spent two long haul flights near the baby bassinette !


Who's your favourite airline ?
Our LEAST favourite is Jetstar with poor food/service, it was like flying in a fridge.
Thanks for the cold guys, I won't be back.
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Aloha and Welcome to Hawaii the 50th state of the USA.
Actually Hawaii is made up of 8 main islands with Hawaii being the largest one. We arrived in Oahu, which means 'The gathering place' at Honolulu airport for a special reason as you'll see later.
We're staying in Waikiki beach area, home to Sun, Sand, Surf & Shops.

Waikiki beach area is rated as one of the highest cost of living places in the US because everything has to be imported, our milk comes from Texas @6 dollars a pint.
Once you move out of Waikiki beach area the prices drop marginally. Because the island was caused by a volcanic eruption there's very little agricultural land and the only small fertile plain in the mountains is farmed by Dole, the company who produce tinned pineapples from this island as it's only export.


The 4 stringed instrument the Ukulele is thought to be from here but in fact is an adaptation of an early Portuguese instrument the machete brought here by immigrants around 1880. There are several thoughts on its naming but the Hawaiians like to tell you that it means UKU meaning flea or louse, and Lele as being jumping or leaping as the hands move so fast it looked like jumping fleas.

Further North on the main island of Hawaii Capt. Cook was killed on February the 14th in 1779 at Kealakua bay.
He was clubbed to death by the islanders and his body cut up in small pieces and shared amongst the warriors, his large bones given to the warrior chiefs and smaller to the warriors in the thought that they could inherit his strength and greatness.


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1, 2, Self explanatory.


3, Monument in Kealakua bay on the main island of Hawaii.
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Photo's.

1, 2, Waikiki beach, arguably the most famous beach in the World, even cruise ships visit.

3, Trolley buses cater for tourists.

4,You can see the volcanic mountainous background.

5, Much of the inland is like this.

6, Remember Jack Lord in Hawaii 5 0 ? it was filmed here in this building, and around Oahu.
Richard Chamberlain of 'Dr Kildare' fame is a resident of the island.

7, This tree has been preserved and a shopping centre built around it, these shops are way above my paygrade.
Versace, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Sephora, Dolce & Gabbana etc., I do confess to own a Rolex as the epitome of engineering excellence.

8, We hired a car and toured the island to discover its lesser known side, there were wonderful beaches there also, apparently the planners wish to build more skyscraper hotels out there and the locals are naturally opposed to it.

9, Sunset over Waikiki beach.

10, The Hawaiian flag, when it's flown at half mast it means the Hawaiian state disagrees with the federal government in Washington.
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We came here to see Pearl harbour to pay our respects.
To actually get on the memorial you would normally see a short archive film and then be ferried out on a small Navy ship. Sadly on the day we visited the wind was strong and it was considered too rough to transfer from the ship to the monument ramp.


However here are the photo's.

1, Pearl Harbour plan.

2, Japanese mission.

3,Archive film of US Warship.

4,The Pearl Harbour Memorial.

5, USN Submarine Bowfin, launched on the day of the Pearl harbour attack she went on to be the most successful submarine with a record of 44 'Japanese ships sunk'.

6,This is a one man Kamikaze submarine, captured in Pearl Harbour.

7,8. Self explanatory description of exhibits.

9, American military cemetery.

10,USS Missouri, She was damaged and repaired at Pearl Harbour and accepted the Japanese surrender on her decks.
The Japanese made a mistake during the attack of not destroying the dry docks, 4 other battleships were sunk and refloated, repaired in the dry docks and went on to serve with distinction until hostilities ended.
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There are a lot of young Japanese holiday makers who come to Oahu, many young couples get married in Japan and then come to Hawaii for a Christian church wedding.
They have a tradition that after the wedding both bride and groom parade around the town all day in their full bridal costumes and although its not our tradition its lovely to see.

The Japanese young ladies do not normally expose their skin to sunbathe or swim, preferring to stay fully covered when bathing to keep their skin white. There is no religious connotations its simply that the Japanese girls tradition is to be lily white as it's considered attractive, (remember the Geisha girls).


And so from Oahu we say 'Mahalo' for joining us.
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Our trip to Australia comes to a close and we take to the air once more.

Why doesn't someone invent an inflatable type that can be stowed easily in your luggage ?
Did you know that once you've bought your flight and it's confirmed by the airline you can reserve your seat online with the airline..
Who's your favourite airline ?
Our LEAST favourite is Jetstar with poor food/service, it was like flying in a fridge.
Thanks for the cold guys, I won't be back.
Jetstar is the Qantas budget airline.Runs on entirely different cost structures, the pilots don`t get the big wage rates of Qantas. Irish overseen by MD Alan Joyce, who turned the whole enterprise from near closure to big profits, after once grounding the entire airline, wherever the planes were. I`m surprised Jetstar serves any food, without charge anyway. They fly to Hawaii so I guess that`s where you met up, probably using the early 787s which all went to Jetstar not Qantas. Pretty sure cabin temp depends on the cabin crew. The only other airline to Hawaii is Aloha, not great either.
There are inflatable neck supports, try airport stores. Some airlines charge for an allocated seat,more for extra legroom. Ah,the joys of longhaul air travel.
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I know Bruce, Alan Joyce set out to do a 'Ryanair' overhaul but even Ryanair serve hot tea !
I don't mind paying good money for good service, cabin crew politely refused to raise the temps (they were in a warm galley scoffing pot noodles).
Yes we had a 787b which was a fine plane, except it was bloody freezing.
Couldn't find inflatable neck rests in any shop and we won't bother as we'll soon be back on the water, no future flying plans !
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