|Sunset at Orpheus|
0630h MrJ and I sailed out of Horseshoe Bay, leaving Maggie Island behind; hauling up the sails wing on wing and put the trolling line out.
Around 0900h just as we were approaching Cordelia Rock, we hooked a Spotted Mackerel, 65-70cm, a keeper; MrJ had to reel it in.
We certainly made a big mess cleaning our catch on the back deck.
|passing Brisk, Falcon & Eclipse Islands|
1400h moored in Little Pioneer Bay Orpheus Island The Palm Island Group with 4 other boats.
|aboriginal settlement in Challenger Bay, Great Palm Island|
Last time we came through we went ashore with Ric and Shelly off NERIKI and climb up the big hill. This time we did not go ashore.
|boat on a public mooring|
James Cook University's Orpheus Island Research Station (OIRS) is located within Pioneer Bay. In Little Pioneer Bay you can go ashore, see the historic old Sheppard’s Hut and climb to the hill top. This Bay is coral/sand based and approx 10m deep so it is best to try and take a public mooring.
a painting by Richard Brydges Beechey, depicting the February 1863 shipwreck
The name 'Orpheus' was given to the island in 1887 by Lieutenant G E Richards, referring to HMS Orpheus. HMS Orpheus was a British Jason-class Royal Navy corvette that served as the flagship of the Australian squadron. Orpheus sank off the west coast of Auckland New Zealand on 7 February 1863. 189 crew out of 259 died in the disaster, making it the worst maritime tragedy to occur in NZ waters. The Aboriginal name for this island is Goolboddi Island.
MrJ and I had fish for dinner – yummo!