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Sydney, March 2006.

The day after handing over our house, we spent some time in Sydney with relatives living there. Ken and I took the opportunity to spend some time on Sydney Harbor.

Hard as it is for a Victorian to admit, Sydney really does have the climate, harbor and facilities for a great day out.

No pictures of Sydney Harbor would be complete, without views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Just as iconic to Sydney Harbor, is the Opera House.

I'm not sure, but I think this fine old building on Sydney Harbor, is the Prime Minister's official Sydney residence.

Sydney's magnificent harbor, has a maritime history stretching back to the settlement of Australia. Near the base of the harbor bridge is the overseas shipping passenger terminal shown here.

Sydney has a great public transport system that includes the ferries on the harbor. While we were there it was possible to purchase a ticket for $15 that allowed all day travel on buses, trains and the ferries.

On our ferry trip back from Manly we saw this Australian Navy submarine on the surface heading out toward the heads and who knows where!


More of Sydney's ferries on the harbor.


Sydney Harbor is where the Australian Navy's main east coast base.


Here are the landing ship HMAS Kanimbla in the left hand picture and the mine hunter HMAS Yarra on the right hand picture.

Inside the Nation Maritime Museum is the United States of America Gallery. The gallery, containing many exhibits was a bicentennial gift from the United States to Australia.

This whaling exhibit is one of the many, inside the United States of America Gallery.

This exhibit commemorates one of Darwin's colorful events, the beer can regatta, for vessels made of what else but beer cans.

A former navy anti submarine and later search and rescue Wessex helicopter inside the museum.

The Krait, a Japanese fishing boat built in the 1930s. This vessel was used as a raider, by Australia during WWII on missions including a raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore harbor.

One of the vessels in the museum's collection include The Barque Endeavor. Today's Endeavor is a replica of the one used by James Cook on his first voyage, during which he discovered the east coast of Australia.


When we arrived, The Endeavor was about to sail so we waited and watched as they prepared the ship for sea.

As The Endeavor started to move from the pier, as shown here, I started to wonder where Ken had got to.
This picture was taken by Ken, and it answered my question...

A photo of Ken taken by one of the museum volunteers on the top deck of the light house.
The Endeavor can be seen in the background as it moves from the pier using it's diesel engine, something James Cook didn't have!


The answer to my question was, Ken had made his way to top deck of the lighthouse in the background.


This steam ferry was giving joy rides in the vicinity of the National Maritime Museum.

The former Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Advance, also at the National Maritime Museum.

These two ships were the exhibits I most wanted to see, the destroyer HMAS Vampire and the submarine HMAS Onslow.

Another view of Vampire and Onslow at the National Maritime Museum.


The tour of the submarine Onslow showed how cramped conditions were.


I have to admit I was starting to feel claustrophobic and it was just sitting there. I don't think I could have handled it if it had submerged or was moving.

Part of the cooking facilities on board Onslow.

The galley wasn't much bigger than most cooking areas in caravans.

More of the cooking facilities in the galley of Onslow. Three meals a day for around seventy people would have taken a bit of doing in these conditions.

No queen sized water beds here, not even bedrooms, just bed spaces..

The engine room and the subs diesel engines.

Myself, on the gangway of the destroyer HMAS Vampire.

Ken, on board the HMAS Vampire, near the ships name board and crest.

One of the gun mounts on the upper deck of HMAS Vampire.

Although it had a fairly low ceiling, the officers ward room in HMAS Vampire seemed spacious compared to the conditions on the submarine.

We really didn't have enough time to look over the museum properly, but what we saw was really worth the effort.