Been meaning to post some pic’s from my collection for ages and this thread has motivated me, the great pic’s of the damaged Solent really got me going.
Sorry for the quality copies of old slides! In the forty three years that water based aeroplanes visited Lord Howe Island seven where washed ashore and damaged only two where lost which is fairly impressive considering the isolated location and the exposed nature of the lagoon.
In 1963 Ansett’s “Pacific Cheaftain” VH-BRE had to overnight due to a storm and that very storm got hold of her and washed her ashore. As the forecast was for further bad weather a decision was made to refloat her without a port float and move her to a more protected location.
Sadly the starboard float collapsed with the wing falling into the rocks, she was now too badly damaged to be repaired.
She was pulled up onto the beach and striped of all usable items.
Some of the island people actually approached Ansett, wanting to convert the hull to a unique coffee shop come museum.
Once everything of use was stripped the hull was taken to sea and scuttled.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 7, 2017 14:27:45 GMT 12
Imagine how bad it must have been in the original Wahine (not the one that sank in the harbour, the predecessor that doubled as a WWII/Korean War troopship till it sank on the way to Korea), because they reckon it was one of the most unstable ferries around and used to roll in the harbour!
Post by johnnyfalcon on Dec 7, 2017 17:55:52 GMT 12
Or...(following the theme of this thread) imagine what it would be like to arrive overhead Lord Howe in the same conditions (or worse) experienced by the featured Dash-8, in a lightie (piston single) in transit to/from NZ. Nowhere else to go, just gotta deal with a cross-wind from hell after how-many hours of boredom and sore bum...