Friday, May 29

beaches

The Wreck of the Adolphe
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The Wreck of the Adolphe

The French barque Adolphe is just one of many shipwrecks that litter the entrance to Newcastle Harbour, yet 110 years after the disaster, this vessel is still one of the most visible. Carol Duncan spoke with Deb Mastello of the Newcastle Maritime Centre. [ABC Radio 2014] A walk along the 2km stretch of Stockton Breakwall known as the Shipwreck Walk will allow you to see the remains of the Adolphe - yet the remains of The Sygna wrecked in 1974 are expected to be gone within the next decade. Having sailed from Antwerp, the Adolphe was ultimately heading for Sydney to load wheat, however in large seas the ship came to grief on Newcastle's notorious 'Oyster Bank' in 1904 after colliding with the wreck of another vessel, the Colonist, whilst being manoeuvred in to port by the tugs 'H...
Ralph Snowball Collection
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Ralph Snowball Collection

Anyone who is keen on Newcastle's history owes a great debt of gratitude to Ralph Snowball. Thousands of his glass negatives have been preserved and digitised by the University of Newcastle Archives and Cultural Collections and browsing through them on Flickr is bound to lead to hours disappearing down this fantastic historical rabbit-hole.
The ‘Pasha’ Storm – June 2007
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The ‘Pasha’ Storm – June 2007

Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. As we now know it was anything but a relaxing long weekend. The Newcastle and Hunter Region will never forget the weekend when storms and floods closed down the heart of Newcastle, the Pasha Bulker went aground on Nobbys Beach and the levee system around Maitland was pushed to its limit. On Thursday night, June 7, 2007, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of potential extreme weather conditions with a low pressure cell developing just north of Newcastle. Over the next 12 hours this low generated gale force south easterlies that buffeted the city until midday on Friday, June 8, redeveloping in the middle of the afternoon as a line of thunderstorms that ceaselessly ba...
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Young Mariners Pool, Map Pool, Canoe Pool

  The ABC Newcastle Local Treasures story on the pool is here. The question of the existence of the 'map pool', Young Mariners Pool, canoe pool - whatever - seems to come up regularly. Some people are convinced the map is still there! Sadly, it's not, having been removed by Newcastle City Council decades ago. Or perhaps not so sadly as surely these great concrete continents must have been responsible for numerous injuries!