Can't believe the change in the weather. Almost like being back in Victoria with its extreme temperature range. Rained solidly all night and the temperature fell to a low 17°. Back to long trousers and jumpers as well as waterproofs.
At the maritime museum, we were amazed at how much was there to see and do. With only 3 hours before we needed to be at the Tall Ship Southern Swan for the lunch cruise, it was a question of what to do first. We choose to see the ships instead of the exhibits inside the museum. So it was first to HMB Endeavor then the submarine HMAS Onslow and finally to HMAS Vampire
This was also the day the largest cruise ship ever to have berthed at Sydney Harbour arrived. Got some great views of it as we sailed past on Southern Swan. And what a lovely vessel Southern Swan was. More info under the photo. We were greeted by Bob and Captain James with a short introduction to the ship and her history. Then it was motor out of the harbour and under the bridge before setting the sails and as a bonus, I even got to heave on the ropes to set the sails. The only downside was how misty and wet it was. A bar and loads of good buffet food available so in spite of the weather, a fabulous couple of hours was spent under sail.
|Royal Caribbean International 'Ovation of the Sea'|
|Southern Swan is a traditional Baltic trader, currently rigged as a three-masted barquentine. She is typical of coastal trading ships from the era 1840s to 1940s. To read more about her click here|
|Sydney to Hobart race starts 26th December and some of the yachts out on the water.|
|British ship Tenacious arrives in Sydney with a crew of sailors with disabilities.|
|Southern Swan on another outing.|
We have a whole weekend of family visits coming up so praying for better weather over the next few days.