Kermandie Marina and the Port of Huon9th – 11th Feb 2014
At The Marina
|6 O'Clock and all is well|
A small, intimate marina, Kermandie Marina is the kind of old fashioned place where everybody knows each other and keeps an eye on each other's boats. It's a modern, simple and secure 80-berth floating marina and it's very, very friendly. Plus there's the added bonus of the Kermandie Hotel right across the road, which boasts traditional country hospitality with a terrific restaurant that specialises in local seafood and produce.
|storm damage to Red jacket|
|the Kermandie Hotel - great pub meals and restaurant - just a short walk across the road from the marina|
|lots of friends|
|marina and haul-out sling that is big enough to take AR - the entire complex, marina, yard and hotel is owned by well know Sydney to Hobart racer Sean Langman. he aslo owns the beautiful boat on the stand|
|getting ready for winter|
|a bit of marina decor|
|some of the boats on the marina - Olive May is also owned by Sean Langman - Oh look! there is AR|
|the colour Purple|
|blue skies and gum trees|
|the sky's the limit|
The Port of Huon or Hospital Bay
There are two possibilities for the naming of Hospital Bay.
#1 - It appears Hospital Bay was named by Bruni D'Entrecasteau when he visited the area in 1792-3. (A RECORD of TASMANIAN NOMENCLATURE compiled by J Moore-Robinson 1911) As it is well sheltered in most winds I suspect that the name may have been anglicised from a French word "hospitalier" meaning "hospitable" ie a good place to anchor rather than Hospital.
#2 - In 1836-7, three emigrant ships with Irish women on board, arrived in Tasmania. The ship Castle Forbes entered the south end of Channel and sailed up the Huon (River) looking for Hobart. It was believed that she got up as far as Castle Forbes Bay but could get no further. Having sickness on board the captain looked about for water, and finding the Kermandie River, erected tents, forming a hospital, hence the names, one bay named after the ship and the other from the hospital camp.
MrJ and I walked took a walk up the road to the Port Of Huon.
Along the way we saw:
|an old bus shelter|
|small boats stored on the shore|
|old boast in the harbour|
|an old mileage stone|
|an old shed of a gone-by era|
|a new motel complex|
|and heaps of blueberries growing wild along the roadside|
Port of Huon Wharf:
The Port Huon Wharf at Ship-wrights Pt. stretches 780ft. into the bay and is 112ft. wide. It was originally built in 1952 to relieve congestion on the Hobart waterfront during the fruit export season, also hoping to save on road transport costs. The wharf is now owned by the Huon Aquaculture Company P/L who also own all the fish farms in the area.