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Sunday, December 2, 2012

MARITIME MUSEUM AND A MISTAKE

I made a mistake in my last post. The information relating to USA  U3A and Online U3A (which I found on the net) was incorrect. Thanks to one of my readers this misinformation was pointed out to me. Hopefully, I have corrected the information on that post and I will repost it here also:

In USA There has been little found about U3A. 
"Despite being introduced to San Diego in 1975 the U3A movement, as such, has not struck a responsive chord with aging Americans.  Part of the reason for this can, perhaps, be attributed to the wide range of competing, professionally organised programs.  The internationally known Elderhostel program, which also began in 1975, and a number of other large programs having many elements in common with both the French and British models of U3A are described by Knox (1993), and Moskow-McKenzie and Manheimer (1993). 
One of the best known and fastest growing of the programs for older North Americans, and one which fits comfortably with the U3A philosophy, is the Institutes for Learning in Retirement (ILRs) program." R.Swindell & J.Thompson.  Read more here

U3A Online Inc The world first virtual U3A was started in Australia in 1998. "U3A Online offers many other useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated. Our courses are open to all older people and disabled younger people anywhere in the world." from U3A Online Inc website. Read more here.
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Now on with today's post.


Waiting for the train 
At this time of the year our calendar fills with end of year celebrations. We call them Christmas Parties but they are more like luncheons or dinners. I guess that is a sign of our age. We are not into rip roaring parties with dancing, loud music and getting drunk, but we sure have fun when we have our get togethers.
Last week we had our Camera Club end of year lunch at the Plough Inn at South Bank after we had a shoot at the Maritime Museum. TOH and I went into town on the train.














Happy II, the little yacht on the left is one of the smallest boats to sail across the Pacific Ocean (13 ft long). Howard Smith sailed Happy I  from the east coast of USA and through the Panama Canal. It was wrecked near Noumea, where he built a replica HappyII and continued Australia. His attempt to continue to circumnavigate the world was squashed. Read more here.

Ella's Pink Lady, (10.23m long) was sailed around the world by 16 year old Jessica Watson. We saw her sail into Sydney Harbour at the end of her epic voyage. See my post here.



The HMAS Diamantina,  is a River Class frigate built in Queensland in 1944. She is the biggest surviving WWII ship in Australia.
Underneath the Diamantina in the dry dock.

 The communications room on the Diamantina. A little different to today's war ships methinks.

 The Forceful is a coal fired steam tug built in 1925, which served the Port of Brisbane for 45 years. In 1971 she was donated to the Museum and it was used as a workboat on the river until recently. Now she is a floating museum.

 After a few hours of shooting photos it was then a short walk to the Plough Inn for our end of year lunch together. 

21 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Diane, great visit to the Maritime Museum. I am most impressed with Ella. It is amazing a 16 ye old sailed around the world. I hope you enjoyed your luncheon. Have a great day!

Dianne said...

What a great end of year celebration ... a photo shoot then onto a luncheon. I followed Jessica Watson's blog as she was sailing around the world - she sure is a very brave and determined girl.

whiteangel said...

Interesting post regarding the museum.
Nice to all get go out for lunch - we also have lots of these before Christmas..

Filip and Kristel said...

Like the pik boat, mistakes happen, I als had to correct a few things on our blog.

Sorry for not commenting the last few weeks but we are on a long travel adventure in the US and the Caribbean.

Greetings,
Filip

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely read and the photos were super. I also enjoyed reading your other one again, so thank you for that. Such a sweet photo of mama and sweet baby.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

I have really enjoyed this post Diane. I love boats. Crikey how brave that 16 year old girl must be. Nice to see you having a good time.

Sandra said...

this looks like a great party to me and one i would enjoy. the The HMAS Diamantina was born the same year as me... i am glad you showed the insides, it is different from any others i have seen. i love the propeller shot best.

RoeH said...

Really interesting post. I'd love to see all those ships. It looks hot there, Is it?

Linda said...

Hi Diane, thanks for this fascinating and beautiful tour!

MTWaggin said...

You have such interesting posts. I love the shot of TOH waiting for the train. As for rip roaring parties - never have done those would rather do what you are doing and totally enjoying the company!

Colin said...

Well, Diane, you have given me something to see (when this wretched heat wave departs!).
I thought Jessica Watson's "Pink Lady" was moored up at the Mooloolaba Marina, where I think she comes from?? Maybe she trained out of that marina? Jessica certainly was a brave and intelligent (seawise) young girl. I believe to keep her yachting skills up, she now crews in the annual Sydney/Hobart race.
I am dreading Tuesday, if the forecast is right, but at least by midnight some respite comes.
Cheers
Colin (Sweatbox HB)

Fun60 said...

What a great idea to go to such an interesting museum and have some fun with the camera and then meeting up for a celebratory lunch.

Colin said...

Just looked up Jessica Watson,
she resides in Buderim, so I guess all her yachting training would have been at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club. It is a very interesting report in Wikipedia on her life, achievements and awards.
Certainly a "role model" of young people.

Betsy Adams said...

I knew I had never heard of U3A--but we have lots and lots of other Older Adult Groups like that for anyone interested.

Your party-going reminds me of the days I spent working for a church. I was invited to almost everyone's Christmas Party... AND---I am so NOT a party person, preferring to be home cuddled up by the fireplace listening to some good music. BUT--I endured many parties and groups. These days--I run in the other direction... ha ha

BUT--I enjoy reading about others' parties... Looks like your Camera Club had a great time at the museum and then at the Plough Inn.

Hugs,
Betsy

callie brady said...

Very glad you all had such a lovely time. I find that I enjoy visiting ships when they are in port or dry docked
but I don't enjoy being out on the water. I enjoyed your photos and history very much. Thank you!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Michele said...

Greetings from Agra. Having one of those nights so I have spent a happy time catching up with your Adventures! (The Taj Mahal is one of those magic places that truly exceed their hype! Amazing place.)

Kath Lockett said...

I'm not sure if it's age or common sense as lunch time 'dos' are preferred by us as well!

OK, so it's age....

http://www.cmsmdc.com said...

"I have really enjoyed this post Diane. I love boats. Crikey how brave that 16 year old girl must be. Nice to see you having a good time. " I totally agree.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I am not much into boating but I do remember with great fondness the day we saw the Pink Lady arrive, that was the day I met you :-)

George said...

What a great place for a Christmas Party. I would have loved to be with you to see all these interesting ships. Thanks for the pictures.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like a very enjoyable day, Diane, no matter what age one is!

I like the idea of the U3A and wish we had more of those opportunities to be ina group here.