Monday24th June 2013
A Close Call - Two Nights at Samson’s Inlet, the Kimberley
0830 MrJ and I leave Sheep Island to catch the last bit of
the outgoing tide to get AR out of Camden Harbour timing the change of tide to
get us through Brecknock Harbour and then into Sampson’s Inlet a short 15n/m
around the corner. Once again we had done the calculation right we were into
the inlet and anchored by lunchtime.
|sunrise in Camden Harbour|
Our passage took us out of Camden Harbour sailing in a westerly direction through Brecknock Harbour on a course that would pass by Slade Island and bring us close to the mouth of Kuri Bay which was the main Kimberley base for Pasparley Pearling Company. Funny, we had not seen or had not come across any of the pearling bead lines in Brecknock Harbour that were marked on the charts. We had also notice this, the lack of pearl lines, in some other places. The pearling industry must be on the down turn.
Another hour went by; now we were passing Kuri Bay, officially named Kuri Bay in 1962, an abbreviation of the Japanese pearling industry executive T. Kuribayashi. The fishery people told us that the whole pearling operation in Kuri Bay had been shut down. Looking from outside the bay as we passed, the infrastructure was still all there; a multitude of buildings, sheds and their own slipway. The place was huge!
|Kuri Bay as it is today, a ghost village - everything has been left just as it was|
|entering Sampson's Inlet|
|the creek dries out|
It must have been a scene right out of an old comic film to see MrJ and I trying to scurry back across the slippery rocks as quick as we were capable of carrying all the containers; it was not comic to me. I was scared! I had visions going through my head of us being stuck here, high and dry for hours or even days till the next big tide came in and then there was the potential croc threat. Holy cow............!!!
MrJ and I threw the containers into the tinnie and grabbed
the sides of the tinnie to either drag, lift, push, shove and/or all of the
above, taking all our strength to get the tinnie of the large rock and back
into some shallow water again. We had to use the oars to paddle some of the way
across the every shallowing rocky bottom waterway before MrJ could fire up the
outboard. The tinnie hit the rocky bottom in a couple of places as we negotiated
the waterway and at one spot right near the bend we had to use the oars again.
I think this is where the first rock bar was. And then we were free, out in the
deeper water and motoring back up the inlet and back to the safety of AR. What
a close call! (but I didn't get any photos)
|happy to be outta that creek|
MrJ dragged our little washing plastic twin-tub machine onto the aft deck while I gather up all our washing – clothes, bedding, towels, t-towels and a couple of toweling floor mats. MrJ had to lift the 20gal (USA) blue water containers out of the forward shed (locker); had something to do with not getting very much fresh water the day before. :o(
|the boat makes a great clothes line too|
We used 100litres of fresh water to do our washing. I pegged everything on the lines I had rigged up out forward over the tramps and then I left them to dry in the gentle breeze and warn sunshine. Outside Sampson’s Inlet the wind was reported to have been fairly strong, that’s why we came in here for two nights. I watched the gentle breeze playing with the bed sheets. I could now understand how the inlet would make a good cyclone anchorage.
|rewarded with a brilliant sunset|