Boab Trees at Ivy Cove on Glauert Island in the Coronation Islands and Careening Bay Port Nelson
|morning in York Sound|
In Careening Bay Philip Parker King carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into a boab tree during his survey of Australia. It is still clearly visible about 100m up the tidal creek that enters the bay. His Britannic Majesty's Cutter Mermaid was launched in Calcutta. India on December 23, 1816. She was 84 tons, 56ft LOA, had a beam of 18ft 6in and draft of 9ft. She was built in solid teak with English cordage and sheaved with 18oz copper. Purchased by Governor Macquarie for f200 and assigned to Philip Parker King for the survey of the northwest. The Mermaid spent sixteen days at Careening Bay while repairs were carried out on the keel, stern post, rudder connections, garboards track and fastenings. Unfortunately, iron nails had been used in her building. King’s tree is now overgrown with vines and the creek has no water.
Also on shore closer to the beach, carved into another Boab Trees we found the names of other boats that had been this way before. One in particular interest to us was the boat name Tradewinds, Tradewinds 3 + 4 in 2000 + 2011. Tradewinds is the name of Barry and Robyn’s boat but I can’t remember which number they have and for how long they have had their boat. I do know that they have been this way before. I wonder?
There was a beautiful sandy beach and ashore a large boab tree on which the inscription Ivy 19.10.1890 or 91 (uncertain) has been carved. Ivy was a pearling schooner working in the area under the command of Captain Biddles.
However while in Ivy Cove we did not see the reported resident crocodile that had been blamed for chewing an inflatable dinghy that had been left tied astern. And another bit of useful or useless information about this area - The nuts from the Cycad trees are poisonous. Just so as you know that now!