Where I live we export coal; biggest coal exporting harbour in the world, so it’s not unusual to be walking down the path and see something like this coming around the corner.
It’s not a huge harbour, with a good arm you could just about throw a rock from one side to the other so these huge coal ships always seem to be passing right by you. I know people ooh and aah over the sight of a huge cruise ship sailing into Sydney harbour but I’ve seen some pretty spectacular sights in our little harbour as well.
I have tug boat driver envy at the moment – I’m thinking it may have been something I should have pursued. They just look so happy and chipper those little boats, happy to be out there playing with the big boys.
They work 24/7 bringing ships in and out depending on the tides and there’s always a line of ships waiting out on the horizon. They take them out around the lighthouse and set them off.
And then the next one’s ready and waiting to be brought in.
Hard work for them that day because it was so windy – I almost got blown off the breakwall and I had to make a run for the car when I saw this heading my way, almost made it as well.
I hope this kite surfer didn’t get blown away.
I think Autumn has arrived.