|The Windeward Bound|
When we planned the reunion, the one thing that we wished to include was a cruise on the Lady Nelson. Well like all good plans, sometimes something throws a spanner in the works.
That happened in April, when the Lady Nelson was involved in an accident on the way to Victoria for a carnival. Thankfully nobody was injured, except the vessel. Repairs were required, and they estimated would be completed prior to October. No doubt circumstances out of their control, changed those plans.
They apologise for not having her back, and if you are coming from Davenport give her a wave if she is still in the docks.
So as to not disappoint us, Maureen made arrangements for us to go on "Windeward Bound".
Now this might not be a replica of the 1800 boats, but it certainly is a replica. This one is from 1848.
Much work followed, measurements were painstakingly lifted off the manuscript, a Naval Architect checked her stability and sailing qualities, full size loftings were drawn up on 52 sheets of white painted plywood and the search began to start accumulating materials. Fortunately, I was working as a photographer and Art director in the advertising world and I was dispatched to sea on the famous "Eye of the Wind" for a photographic shoot, whereupon I discovered that "the Eye" was almost all recycled timber and fittings.
With the ability to use recycled materials, and with absolutely no money (or for that matter, budget) the approval of the survey authority was quickly sought, and as quickly, given. Then with the assistance of several volunteers (who thought the project was so crazy, it might just work) and with the blessed absence in Hobart of recycling firms, together with the presence of several old timber ships awaiting demolition, acquisition of materials began.
The dock is adjacent to other Hobart landmark areas, Victoria Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point, and forms part of the foreshore of Sullivans Cove.
The dock consists of a rock-walled marina with an opening for boats. The bridge is normally closed, allowing pedestrian access around the dock. The dock is normally used by motor pleasure boats, yachts, and fishing boats serving the city's fish market and restaurants, several of which are at the northern end of the dock.
Constitution Dock is famous for being the rallying point and party venue for the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, held from Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day) until yachts complete their 630 nautical mile journey from Sydney.
Victoria Dock is a key dock for Australian Antarctic supply vessels and one of the oldest docks in Tasmania. It is also the home dock of most of Tasmanian fishing commercial boats which ply their trade along the state's coasts. Victoria Dock was built in 1804. Victoria Dock also has restaurants which sell fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
Originally built as a single lane bridge, the present swing bridge at the entrance to Victoria Dock was designed by the Marine Board in 1960 and the running gear was replaced in 1976. The rotation is achieved by mounting the bridge on a crane slew ring of 2,130 mm pitch circle diameter.