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She departed Monday evening, February 5th. Guys on the Liberty Ship, Jeremiah O'Brien, which escorted her in stated that docking at the pier took place at high tide due to her draft. Scheduled legs from the bay included Honolulu, Pago Pago and Auckland before arrival in Oz. Wish I saw her under the Gate, missed her by 4 days
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She obviously has some grunt. Leaves San Francisco 5th February , presumably lost three days due to stopovers and arrives Sydney sparrow fart on the 20th. Not bad, not bad at all.

Of course that bloody Portugese bathtub , you know the one, Julie Julie Julie something or other, could do it quicker but that's to be expected

Sydney Harbour was abuzz last night and the city was reduced to complete chaos. Every street that had any sort of a view of the Queens was in gridlock. Some wonder boy at the company that operates our harbour tunnel decided that yesterday was a good time to close the damn thing for a spit and polish, the bridge ground to a halt, ferry masters apparently stopped collecting tickets in order to cope with the crowds, utter mayhem.

What I loved were the passengers rabbitting on about how lovely it was that the people of Sydney came out to welcome them to Sydney. Bugger Off. F##K the tourists, we just like big ships. Probably goes back to our convict days when every new arrival meant perhaps a ship full of women convicts ( or given that this is Sydney, the new unsullied men were probably just as welcome) hey, even better, food or top of the pops, grog !!

Ah but this is Sydney. 0700. In the middle of all the kerfuffle, hundreds of boats, two huge super liners, ferries stopped so passengers can have a look, army, navy, customs, coast guard and water police all out to try and control the mayhem and what do we get ? Right throught the whole scene comes a ski boat towing two naked skiers. You have to love this town. Sydney probably likes to think of itself as the New York or London of the South Pacific. Los Angeles is more like it. Deep deep down inside, when it's soul is laid bare for all to see, it becomes glaringly obvious that this place is shallow. But who gives a flying rumpy pumpy about that. As someone once said you have to grow old, you don't have to grow up.

Oh and more bloody fireworks.

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Wow...kewl pics TDW...my dad was there about the same time as that last photo...something to do with the Japanese I think!
Your Dad is Japanese????!!!?????!!!???
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Giu...get some sleep...the jet lag is hurting your translating abilities!! Welcome "home"!
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I can't....bloody kids don't sleep....I am trying to finish a report...its almost midnight, and they are fresh as a tomatoe!!!

Ahhh its nice to be home....again...
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My Dad was down there around 1943, he piloted B-24's with the 380th bomb group out of Fenton Field, heard some pretty amazing stories about those days
My stepdad flew Bostons out of New Guinea around the same time. If I'm not mistaken (but lets face I am often am !!) Fenton is now the joint US-Australian military facility called Pine Gap. But now that I've told you that I'll have to shoot you cos it's a secret.

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But now that I've told you that I'll have to shoot you cos it's a secret.
I think you want to shoot Cam, because he is Japanese.....


My great great great grandfather was not Japanese....and so weren't his predecessors or antcestors.....
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Don't know when she left SF, but she arrived on the 4th of Feb.
These photo's are from her arrival. Found them on the same link as from the tread with the Tanker in heavy seas.

She barely made it under the Golden Gate Bridge, I guess 30 feet to spare is plenty of room???!!!

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/07/0204/
She's way to big to get under the coathanger and I read somewhere that she actually had to have six feet chopped of the original height of her funnel because she couldn't get under one of the bridges in New York. Maybe the Verazzano Narrows Bridge but I'm not sure.

(coathanger = Oz nickname for the Harbour Bridge.)

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I think you want to shoot Cam, because he is Japanese.....


My great great great grandfather was not Japanese....and so weren't his predecessors or antcestors.....

Oh, Gui, what a terrible thing to say.

Then again. Maybe it's worth considering.

Here's a pic of one Gui's antcestors coming to a grisley end.


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TD.....you've gotta quit drinking whatever you are drinking now...

Have you tried portuguese wine??? guaranteed your picture posting will improve!!!
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