Small yet interesting....

Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
Trip End Apr 16, 2012

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday Island is just off the tip of Cape York at the far north of Queensland. It is the most northernly point of Australia. It is a small island in the Torres Strait Islands measuring about 3.5 square kilometres. The name of the main town on Thursday Island is Thursday Island (T.I. for short). I guess that keeps things simple!. The  people are Torres Strait Islanders, an indigenous people but not Aboriginies - they are Melanesian people. T.I. started as a fishing village  but it is  much more developed now. The population is 3500 and they are the administrative and commercial centre for all of the Torres Islands (a beautiful  region with blue seas and tropical islands) . Pearling was the original industry of the island. Divers dove for pearls & brought up the shells to make jewelry, knife handles, buttons, dishes, etc from the pearls found & the lined shells (mother of pearl). Many of these divers were Japanese and there is quite a large memorial to those who died doing their job. As the demand for items made with pearl and mother of pearl diminished so did this industry. Today the main industry is fishing for cray-fish. 
After the Crimean war there was a threat of a Russian invasion which highlighted TI’s importance as a port and coaling station. This led to the colonies deciding on the construction of a defense installation to protect the shipping channel. It took 30 men two years to excavate & build a fort. This was in 1893. Green Hill Fort is still there including some of the cannons that were used. It is situated  on a high hill that has magnificent views and was also used as a World War Two defense facility. We had a tour of the fort and a short tour of the Island then headed back to the ship to have a relaxing afternoon by the pool.

March 2,2012 -- Cruise the Arafura Sea
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Pam on

Hummm, more bats. I think you must have a "thing" for them. I can go decades without seeing one, and you have seen hundreds, again and again!
Must say you are looking very well in the pictures, lady! Continue to have fun, Pam

dianne fiom morgan creek on

Will any of these wonderful people you are introducing us to, be on our leg of the voyage?. we get on in istanbul and get off in barcelona
just on more thing....... I see you carrying your hat a lot. do you actually wear it?

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