Searoad Mersey

On Thursday I was lucky enough to be asked to help on the our new work boat. I hadn’t been out for over three years and was very rusty with the tasks. While it was a very long day, it was great to get out of the lab and to be at the pointy end of my job rather than the argy bargy  negotiating I have recently been involved in.

When heading out to sea I noticed a little green ship I have been watching for years from Rosebud, knowing little of is purpose. This ship is the Searoad Mersey. searoad-mersey-smallHere’s a pic I have nicked from google of her battling Bass Strait.2088712This vessel traverses the treacherous Bass Strait daily between Melbourne and Devonport in Tasmania, and travels to King Island weekly. It is mainly a cargo vessel.

Some facts about Bass Strait.
5oo kilometres long
Maximum 350 kilometres wide
Averages 60 metres deep.525px-bass_strait_islands
Prior to the ice age melt, Bass Strait did not exist. The indigenous population travelled freely over this broad land bridge.
The majority of early settlers arrived in Port Phillip by sea. Bass Strait being only 60 metres deep and at the end of a ferocious Southern Ocean, created quite a lot of heartbreak for many emigrants. North of King Island is Cape Otway. The coastline between Cape Otway and the entrance to Port Phillip Bay is referred to the Shipwreck coast. It is not only famous for the Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach. The illustration below amply depicts what many of these wretched souls had to contend with after travelling all the way from Europe.the-storm

12 thoughts on “Searoad Mersey

  1. Looks terrifying. A daughty captain and a gallant crew to be sure!

    I mostly grew up in seagoing towns in New England. The “widow’s walks” that top the great houses on the headlands bear witness to the all-too-frequent tragedies that visited those brave families. The overfishing of the Grand Banks has put many of those families themselves in “dry dock.” Only the wonderful sea ballads and chanties live on to tell their stories.

    As you can tell, I love anything to do with ships and their lore…thank you for this wonderful post!

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    • It was a pleasure Laura. I have seen some amazing photographs of the New England coastline over the years. Correct me if i am wrong, but is there a famous lighthouse that becomes completely engulfed in ferocious seas in that region? I love sea shanties too. Johnny Depp compiled a great mixture a few years ago which we still play regularly.

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