#1 Throsby Wharf, Newcastle
The purpose of our ship is to tell the story of one part of Australian history and if we can get people interested in all parts of history in general then that is a good thing. Today we learn of the close of an era in our sporting history that perhaps will never be repeated. I order the lowering to half mast, of our ensign aft and the Federation flag at the main masthead, in honour of the passing of Sir Donald Bradman, a great sportsman and ambassador of this country. A small mark of tribute from us here in Duyfken. Meanwhile we are open to the public and get quite a few school groups through the ship today. Work continues aboard, new lifts for the main yard to replace one that carried away during our arrival yesterday, and plenty of ongoing paint work to bring our appearance back up to scratch. Heidy has taken on the fiddly task of touching up the Fremantle crest, with about as many different colours as you could possibly get in one design. The poop deck chevrons get touched up, the red rails and numerous other bits and pieces. For an oiled hull, it is amazing just how much paintwork there is when you get going. I run around all over town trying to find a computer to do these journal entries, I manage to get a half hour spot at the library but with my best 2 finger typing technique I cannot get it all done and have to finish off at the Visitor Centre. Our email system aboard the ship is still keel up at the moment and far far beyond my capabilities to even understand what is wrong with it let alone fix it. I am pretty proud of myself for just finding an "on" switch on a computer. Give me rope and canvas any time.