Why are ships so fascinating?

It seems I am my father’s daughter… I don’t know whether my fascination with ships started with Dad being an engineer on oil tankers or whether it’s a genetic thing, but the older I get the worse it gets!

I was delighted to find a bulk sugar carrier in Mourilyan Harbour when we sailed through the entrance. I was even more delighted to find that it was leaving and another tanker was arriving which would necessitate the second vessel being ‘swung’ to bring it into dock. Oh, and did I mention there was a tug boat? For my money they are the sexiest little boats on the water. They have this cocky look about them that says they can outmuscle anyone – ‘punching above their weight’ every single time!

To add to my enjoyment heading north to Cairns we crossed the path of a US GOV destroyer and then followed a tanker up the channel to Cairns. The dredge, The Brisbane, also managed to cut us off and then start dredging in front of us. I’ve had the best couple of days.

Here’s the action in Mourilyan Harbour in pictures – and a tiny video but don’t bother with the audio…


The directions to the tug – ‘Slip alongside and push slow and easy 🙂 ‘


Ship wrangling tug style 🙂


The New Spirit, laden down with North Qld Sugar, heading out to sea.


The Golden Harvest with that sexy little tug dancing attendance 🙂




Starting the swing



Half way through the swing


All over bar the shouting.


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