Author Archives: jennybaan

My work colleague Doug

I have the privilege of sharing the wheelhouse on Kookaburra Queen with this remarkable man!

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Sad sight

It always makes me sick in the guts to see a boat sinking. This one is across the canal from our home.

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Kookaburra Queen being launched

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Baly from the waterline

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Twin granddaughters first ride on Opa’s boat

Marina takes Baly’s helm under JenJen’s watchful eye

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Costa Concordia deja vu

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Why is Kookaburra Queen’s helm so large?

She is modelled to be an authentic replica of the Mississippi paddle steamers of old, well before the advent of hydraulics. Old paddle steamers had chains from the helm to the steering quadrant above the rudder. This arrangement had so … Continue reading

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New Brisbane Cityhoppers

The “office” on the new Brisbane River Kittycat Cityhopper ferries.

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Changes on the Brisbane River

Today I resigned from Transdev Brisbane Ferries as I have accepted a casual Ferry Master role with RiverCity Ferries who have now won the Brisbane City Council ferry contract. Same job, different company. Additionally, this weekend I will be with … Continue reading

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Serious shipbuilding

A couple of old photos of Liberty ships building en masse in Maine, during the war. Launching up to five ships in a day. Nearby Bath is still an important shipbuilding centre. They were building stealth warships when we visited … Continue reading

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