Cutter on the Derwent


Hobart, Australia

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Featured in A Love of Boats Group on 02/06/13

One of the yachts taking part in the Mawson Flotilla on the Derwent River in Hobart.

On the 2nd December 2011, we marked a century since a 29 year-old geologist named Douglas Mawson took command of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, boarded the steam yacht Aurora and departed Hobart for Macquarie Island, en route to Cape Denison and Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica.

Hobart’s history as an Antarctic port is a long one, and since the early 19th Century the Tasmanian community has had a profound connection with Antarctica. In December 1911, this community gathered to wish the first Australian-led expedition to Antarctica good luck and Godspeed on their departure. The Governor of Tasmania spoke to an assembled crowd on the wharves, commending the expedition and its leader. When the Aurora sailed down the Derwent River, it was accompanied by a flotilla of well-wishers aboard chartered and private yachts.

One hundred years later, that historic event was re-enacted in spectacular fashion on the Derwent river.

Taken with Pentax k-r on 2 December 2011 at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Lens Tamron AF10-300mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 400
0 EV
1/500 sec.
Hand held

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