|Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 10:55 am: ||
The following information and photos have been provided by Mark Stetch.... thanks Mark, great photos and text...
Just got back from this years Davistown Putt Putt Regatta.
This year the event was changed from the usual March date to October. It rains here in March.
Despite a violent thunderstorm the night before we woke on Sunday Morning to clear blue sky and a
forecast temperature of 28C.
There were large crowds in attendance as a result and 97 boats entered with a lrage support flotilla.
The parade started at 10.30am with the faster boats finishing the course by at around 12.15.
Pictures are attached:
PICT0002 is one of three nice little skiffs locally built.
PICT0003 is a Vinco 2 1/2 HP two stroke in a boat(its owned by one of the board members.
PICT0004 is a Hall Two Stroke. These are quite diffcult to come by now as the cylinders suffer
extensive corrosion problems. This engine is still sea water cooled.
PICT005 is a view along the waterfront looking south.
PICT006 from the same spot looking north.
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|Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 10:58 am: ||
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PICT0011 is looking at a row of static engines. The engine in the foreground is a previously unknown type, it dates from the very early 1900's and was discovered basically on the day in a nearby residence.
PICT0012 is a restored Penguin.
PICT0013 is a very old Vinco 2 1/2 Hp Two Stroke.
PICT0014 is twin Cylinder Vinco. I have never seen one in a boat before.
PICT0015 is about half way along the waterfront.
PICT0020 a view of the crowd.
|Posted on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 11:08 am: ||
... in case anyone is wondering... Davistown is in NSW (New South Wales) Australia...
Looks like a great place for an event like this.
|Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 08:56 am: ||
another report and photos from Davistown by Trevor Watson... thanks Trevor, great photos...
I've attached some pics from Davistown. My elderly Father said it reminded him of the Dunkirk Evacuation. It was a great day for all especially those of us lucky enough to be able to participate! I had to cheat on the course though and had to take a short cut because we were running out of boiler water.
There was a very comprehensive coverage of old marine engines... even some as yet to be identified ones that were in boats and still running.
A most inspected boat
An Olds made in Queensland
assorted marine engines
Blaxland twin original configuration
Heading past the official diaz
|Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 09:04 am: ||
Heading south into the two stroke haze
Her Majesty and Princess Anne
BTW Trevor, our President and First Lady attend most of our boat and engine shows also...
it ran nicely
looking north again
The flotilla heads south
The ubiquitious Blaxland
Three local entries
|Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 07:20 pm: ||
Thank you for these lovely pictures.
So clear and well presented that I could almost smell 'em from here in Perth!
|Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 06:12 am: ||
Maybe it was better to stay in Perth... If you look carefully you'll see there were only 2 coal fired boats there... the rest of the haze was from the 92 putt putts all going flat out. Generally I get a special mention from the EPA for the smoke Eureka can create under heavy load but this time even though I did my best to lay down a smoke screen I was indeed out done by the 2 strokes..
None the less it was an incredible day the nostalgia was so thick my emotions got the better of me.. and the sounds were just incredible... I had a tear in my eye and an hour with a psychcologist on Tuesday.
Im off to New Zealand on Sunday for some real vintage boating for 3 weeks - I just hope I can control my emotions as Id hate to embarass myself in front of my Kiwi mates
|Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 10:12 am: ||
Are you two brothers ? looks like a Dorothy Dixer to me !
|Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 01:45 am: ||
Naw we could be related but I suspect that jack coming from Perth is a purebred English Chap where as I am a lowly crossbred decendant of the Nottingham Watsons... some of whom ended up on Sarah Island building boats...
|Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 07:20 am: ||
Pure bred English chap !!!
I'll let Jack answer that one !
|Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 - 01:38 pm: ||
Very interesting photos, but what's that funny looking Union Jack that's missing the Cross of St. Andrew??
|Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2002 - 03:28 am: ||
It has the cross of St andrew (white 'x' on blue) but not St patricks cross of ireland (red 'x' on white).
The Union Jack contains the national symbol of three countries, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is a composite design composed of St. George's Cross, the flag of England, St. Andrew's Cross, the flag of Scotland and St. Patrick's Cross, the flag of Ireland.
THE HISTORY OF THE UNION JACK
The first step in the creation of the flag of Great Britain was on 12th April 1606. When King James IV of Scotland became king of England (King James I) it was decided that this union of the two realms should be represented by a new flag. It consisted in the red cross of England superimposed on the white cross of Scotland on the blue background of the Scottish flag as in that photo.
Thus we have the first flag of the union called, in fact, the "Union Flag". The use of the flag was usually restricted to civil and military use at sea until the two kingdoms of Scotland and England were united in 1707. It was probably from its use at sea that it got the name "Jack" ("Union Jack"). It was usually flown at the bow end of the ship, from the jack staff. There are, however, other views on this.
It continued to be used until Jan. 1, 1801.
However, with the union of Ireland and Great Britain it became necessary to include the cross of St. Patrick in the existing flag thus creating the flag we now have. When the southern part of Ireland gained its independence in 1921 and became the Irish Free State no alteration was made to the Union Jack.
The name "Union Jack" became official when it was approved in Parliament in 1908. It was stated that "the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag".
Thus the history of the flag is the history of England's first family.
Now I might sound smart but I found the answer here.
And the sooner Australia gets its own flag the better!
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 02:04 am: ||
Here Here to that last statement!!!!!
|Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 08:38 pm: ||
Hey, if a quartered Union Jack is good enough for the Hawaiians (sp?) surely it's good enough for your Kiwies...sorry Ozzies ;-)
|Posted on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 04:56 am: ||
intersting .....I swear i did not post the preceding two with my name attached . Perhaps i have the same sentiments but my computor has been out of action during the period that the posting was made ! What goes on ????
|Posted on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 03:04 pm: ||
Peter,looking at your dates on the post those were from last year......
|Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 06:06 am: ||
Christ !!!!! I am that far behind !!!
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|Posted on Friday, October 01, 2004 - 12:12 am: ||
Wow! I finally found my boat 'Rastus'[with the portholes + green sun canopy]
on the net today!! Yay! WooooHoooo! thankyou.[PICT006 from the same spot looking north.] Last year  I, & crew motored all the way from Bayview Pittwater, across Broken Bay & up into brisbane waters to the event. carried enough camping gear to stay 2 nights! Took 3Hrs motorng ea way. The Blaxland 3-1/2Hp used about 3 to 4 whole litres of fuel ea way!
|Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 04:22 pm: ||
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