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Rhod Lloyd
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PostSubject: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:52 am

Early July Judy and I decided to escape our winter and booked a week on Norfolk Island, about an  hours  flight  north west of the top of NZ. It is a couple of isolated rocks 12 by 5 Km, slightly warmer than here.
It has an interesting history, first occupied by Polynesians about 600 years ago (about the same time as NZ) they stayed for a few generations then departed.
James Cook was the first European in 1774 to find it in 1788 and called it Paradise,  Australia started a prison colony in 1788 which only lasted a few years and Norfolk was deserted again.  A second brutal convict colony started in 1825 with some convicts quarrying building rock from the shore sometimes up to their waists in the sea shackled in leg irons and chains.
In 1856 the colony ended and Queen Victoria offered the Island to the descendents of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitian wives who had overpopulated Pitcairn Island in the Eastern Pacific. 160 of them took up the offer and their names make up a part of the present shrinking population of 1500 today.
The main economy is tourism, mostly retired people as there is little infrastructure to keep young people there, and considerable aid from Australia, who administer the Island.

The wharf where most imports are unloaded from whale boats as ships have to anchor offshore. Cars, trucks and busses are lowered onto poles tied across 2 or more whale boats then winched onto the wharf by a vehicle and multiple pulleys on a derrick.
I booked a morning fishing charter on our last full day there the weather being too rough earlier.

5 of us at the wharf watching the “launching”

After a very brief safety talk “the lifejackets are down there” pointing at the cabin floor, we left through the gap in the reef

Waiting for a calmer patch to drop 2 walkers off on Philip Island 7Km away in 2m swells

Arrivals and departures Philip Island

Our skipper holding one of the trumpeter and red cod I caught

A 2m bronze whaler shark similar to one I hauled up and released earlier, a brutal fight on an egg beater reel and braid with the rod wrapped around the gunnels.
The skipper was fantastic, a superb boatman and a fine sea boat.

A typical bit of coastline mostly inaccessible

A Kestrel sheltering from a squall on a gravestone. fish fish
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:01 am

Breathtaking photo's Cool
Great report cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:18 am

Fantastic photo's and great report. Educational Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:41 am

Thanks for a very good report and a great set of pictures. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:15 am

A great report and great set of pics there mate,well done Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:56 pm

Great report & pic mate well done Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:02 pm

Excellent Rod,

National Geographic meets Sunny Rhyl!

Thank you Very Happy
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PostSubject: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:16 pm

Thanks all, if you only knew how long it took to put that post together, I lost it twice, even when I put it on "word" first, I forgot to save it before cut & paste and lost it again as SERVIMG would not load at either the start or at various stages. At least fishing has taught me to be patient and bloody persistent
PS does Logger ever sleep?.
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PostSubject: Re: Norfolk Island   Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:47 pm

Not much, I'm afraid I might miss something Laughing
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