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Feb. 8 & 9 - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

sunny 90 °F

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Like last year, we anchored in Sydney Harbor, again during the Lunar Festival. This year is the Year of the Pig.

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When pigs fly 😊

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Saturday morning lights (thanks to our stateroom TV screen and the ship’s bow camera)

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Two ferry rides later we arrived at Cockatoo Island.

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The largest island in Sydney Harbor, this was home to Australia’s first Naval Dockyard for the Royal Australian Navy (1913-1921) and continued to support and build ships until it’s closure in 1991.

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The tents? Yeah, you can camp overnight here – they call it “Glamping” (Glamour Camping). Really?

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Slipways were used to build and launch ships

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In 1839, before ship-building began, Cockatoo Island was established as a new penal colony, home for the “worst of the worst”.

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The military guardhouse and barracks

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Here’s our location – the inner harbor side of beautiful Harbor Bridge.

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Full-scale templates for the fabrication of steel ship components were laid out in huge warehouses. Oh, there is so much more I could tell you- if you are interested, look up Cockatoo Island- great stories.

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Dog-Leg Tunnel was used as an air raid shelter and storage area.

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The sandstone from the island was quarried for use in walls and buildings.

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Back on the mainland scattered raindrops caused a wedding couple to abandon their photo shoot and seek shelter

Posted by Swenigale 21:04 Archived in Australia

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