Back to more mundane topics in some decidedly mundane grey weather.
In oriental bay on the Eastern side of the former Overseas Passenger Terminal, there is a small yacht basin. Perhaps I haven’t noticed her before but the yacht Wai Aniwa’s red hull caught my eye.
From a little to the West, I got a view of two naval vessels berthed on the outer side of Queen’s Wharf. They were obviously in port for the ANZAC observances. Nearest the camera is the French frigate, Vendémiaire. She has been here on many previous occasions. Ahead of her at the wharf was HMNZS Wellington, an offshore patrol vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Also visible on the Southern wall of the post office headquarters building is a huge banner with a replica of an ANZAC commemorative stamp. Most people will look at that image and assume that it is a picture of the deservedly famous Australian hero, Simpson and his donkey. In fact the Moore-Jones painting reproduced is now known to be of the New Zealander, Dick Henderson who carried on Simpson’s work after he was killed. Brave men, both.
In Naval terms, Vendémiaire is getting old, having been launched in 1993. However, she is a clean and well-kept vessel, apparently well suited to her role as a surveillance frigate. She has teeth, with a 100mm automatic turret, two Exocet launchers and a pair of 20mm weapons. Wellington, by comparison carries one remote-controlled 25mm gun and two .50 cal machineguns plus small arms. I wonder if that’s why the poaching vessels refused to be boarded by her in the recent confrontation.
Looking the other way, I noticed the Datacom building on Jervois Quay. Way back in 1980, I worked for Philips, the Dutch multinational, and we were the first tenants of the South tower. It had splendid views from my window on the tenth (top) floor. As I said, it was a grey day.
That’s all for now.