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Photographed with a Canon 400D.

I would normally avoid direct sunlight in a photo but the sun was hard to avoid today & this one produced an interesting effect.

A great day of photography with Rosalie Dale, Philip Johnson, Ian Berry, Jason Ruth, Sarah Moore & Andrew Walker (with cameos from Lorraine Creagh, Ian & Donna & Miroslava) at the fascinating Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, Australia.

Australia At Large, Apr 2012.
The Group, May 2012.

This is one of the old cranes that dot this former convict prison and shipyard now accessed by ferries from Circular Quay & Parramatta & used for entertainment & overnight camping.

During World War II, Cockatoo Island was the main ship repair facility in the southwest Pacific. 250 ships were converted or repaired at the island, including the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. In August 1943, the cruiser HMAS Hobart limped into Sydney Harbour and Cockatoo Island for repairs and modernisation after suffering torpedo damage in the New Hebrides. In 1945 HMAS Australia, a veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, also steamed home for repairs after suffering kamikaze attacks in the Philippines.

After the war, ships were converted back to commercial service. In the 1960s Cockatoo Island constructed Empress of Australia, the largest roll-on roll-off cargo passenger ship in the world. The mid 1960s also saw international competition and changes to the tendering process affect production. This affected facility maintenance and staff numbers, and by the 1970s shipbuilding on the island was in a state of serious decline.

The last ship to be constructed on the island was HMAS Success, the largest naval vessel built in Australia. In its lifetime the yard had over 12,000 dockings, constructed hundreds of vessels and repaired thousands, as well as providing the livelihood and training for countless workers.


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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 2 years ago

    looking good Michael dont forget to tag red,bubble,rumble,cockatto,island and add to the rumble group

  • Thanks Philip. Will do.

    – Michael Matthews

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 2 years ago

    Great shot Michael. The sun just gives that extra on the image.

  • Thanks a lot John.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    NICE!!! Sounds like you guys had fun!!!!

  • Thanks a lot Carol. Over 35 years in Sydney & my first time at this fascinating place !
    A ferry ride on the harbour on a warm sunny day is nice too.

    – Michael Matthews

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Grungy image Michael…nice.

  • Thanks Derek. An interesting contrast with the beautiful waterfalls.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 2 years ago

    Nice shot Michael. Phillip, Rosalie and Bev have come up with some good locations. This location was quite grungy compated to the others. It was lovely to meet you.

  • Thanks Lorraine & thanks for the fave. Lovely to meet you too.
    It’s a fascinating spot. I didn’t realize it was so popular.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    And didn’t that turn out brilliantly!!! Woohoo … well done Michael! Great day …

  • Thanks Rosalie. Yep, happy with this one & a great day with the Bubblers.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Jason Ruth
    Jason Ruthover 2 years ago

    you have captured the grungy, disused look of this place beautifully with this, well done.

  • Thanks Jason. Now waiting to see what you guys come up with.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berryover 2 years ago

    A good Day out Michael. Sun gives a great highlight here & like your Grunge look.

  • Sure was. Thanks for the compliment & fave. Looks like everyone else is too busy munching on their easter eggs to upload their stuff .. except Lorraine.

    – Michael Matthews

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 2 years ago

    Great shot Michael . . the sun flare is perfect :-)

  • Thanks Yolanda. I was expecting it to make the rest of the image too dark.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 2 years ago

    And as you say the sun gives this an interesting effect, I like the old rustic crane.

  • Thanks Mark. There were plenty of rusty cranes there. I might add more later.

    – Michael Matthews

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