Sunday Selections # 265

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week we're having a look at some of the views around the Port Adelaide wharf where Fisherman's Market is.

cormorant sitting on an old small-boat dock

cormorant sitting on a rail.

random boat coming in from an outing

part of the Birkenhead Bridge. The signal boxes you see here indicate when traffic should stop as the bridge is about to open to allow passage of taller ships or yachts.

the bridge signal.

some of the original wooden pylons that once held up a smaller bridge, long ago, before the concrete bridge we now have.

the Dolphin Explorer ferry coming back in. This boat does regular cruises way out to the river mouth where the possibility of seeing dolphins is pretty good, although some days there isn't a single dolphin to be seen.

here she is a bit closer, so you can see she has three levels.

and here the passengers are disembarking. I've taken one of these cruises, but didn't see any dolphins.

those little white circles and smudges are jellyfish, small, about the size of your palm. some days there are just a few, like here, some days there are hundreds. 

looking across the Port River from the north bank to the south bank.

I think this is an original signal power box, but I could be wrong. There wasn't any sign attached saying what it is or was.

a gun off one of our old Navy ships,

and all the gears that made it do what it was supposed to do, turn, lift, lower etc.

the Port Princess, another of our River Cruises boats.

near the market shed, seagulls rushing to grab food thrown by lunching people. 
The red strut in the foreground is one of the supports holding up the lighthouse, which I have shown before, long ago. 

more seagulls on the tarpaulin sun-shade of the Dolphin Explorer. I took this from the viewing deck of the lighthouse.

one of my favourite photos, an old tugboat (I think), high and dry.

another river boat, the Yelta.

last, an old sailing ship, the Falie. I'm not sure if she is a well repaired and maintained original, or a replica. Probably a replica.
Information is probably available at Wikipedia, but I can't be bothered looking for it right now.

Again, these photos were all taken with my old Canon Powershot 460, no photoshopping, no resizing, no blog name, all are just as I took them.


  1. Love those wooden pylons, I have never seen a tripod version before. And the tugboat. Fishducky is right - it is a delightful tour.

  2. Adelaide has a wonderful port. We used to have one of those life bridges over the interstate highway, near me. Once one side did not lift and a car went over, with loss of life. Now we have a higher bridge.

    1. one of those lift bridges. Some day I may punch Google in the nose for knowing more than I know.

  3. The river part of Port Adelaide is great. We did not see enough of it. We saw too much of the town shops though. I am pleased that much of the port's old infrastructure is being kept.

  4. Here you go, River re the you knew I would! :)

    "The Falie is a 46-metre (151 ft) ketch that traded for many years in Australian waters. Originally built in 1919 as the motor schooner collier Hollands Trouw, she was purchased by the Spencer's Gulf Transport Company, renamed, and used for coastal trading in South Australia. The vessel was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as HMAS Falie during World War II, serving first as an inspection vessel primarily patrolling the Port of Sydney, Australia, then as a stores ship.

    Returned to her owners in 1946, Falie was used to transport explosives around Australia before resuming the South Australian coastal trade to Kangaroo Island and on occasion carrying bulk gypsum from Stenhouse Bay from 1968. She was retired in 1982, then purchased by the South Australian government for preservation. Although initially used for day and overnight sails, by 2005 the ship had fallen into disrepair. Preservation

    The Falie was then purchased by the Government of South Australia for preservation as a community and educational resource. The ship was restored for the state's sesquicentenary celebrations in 1986, with re-masting, new sails, and the fitting of accommodation and a galley. With this arrangement, she could carry up to 70 passengers on day trips, or 20 passengers plus nine crew overnight.

    In 2005, a survey revealed that her hull plates had corroded to the point where she was unseaworthy. She was not returned to seaworthiness as no sponsor could be found to cover the cost of repairs, estimated to be more than a million dollars.[1][3]

    In 2007, it was proposed to move the Falie to the wharf at American River, Kangaroo Island as an interpretive maritime museum, but by 2009, this had not been acted on.[4] It was suggested that the South Australian government was looking to divest itself of the Falie, and that the estimated cost of repairs to the hull was in excess of $3 million.[5] Failie is currently owned by the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (formerly DTEI)."

    I hope you have a great week...cuddles to Angel. :)

  5. Oh wow! I love the jelly fish pic! And it looks like a peaceful area to have a walk.

  6. Thanks for the tour.
    Gosh that ferry seems big.
    Not sure about those jelly fish!

  7. Gee, that was all so interesting except for the jellyfish. I remember as a youngster when they first arrived in the Swan River, nasty little critters. The boys used to throw them at us.
    I had to laugh at the cormorant pics. Even if none there you can still see where they've been.
    Wonder why they left the original wooden pylons? Probably too costly to remove them.
    That ferry looks exciting. I've not been on a ferry for about 20 or more years. I do miss doing that type of thing but not being able to move very well stops me from trying which I guess is silly.
    Hope you and Angel are keeping well and will be interested to know if your new neighbours are nice people (when they arrive).

  8. R.Mac Wheeler; thank you.

    fishducky; you're welcome.

    Elephant's Child; I love those old pylons. They're a reminder of what used to be, a quieter, slower time of life.

    Joanne; it is a nice area, much nicer now than in the past. It's been getting a rebuild-makeover. There are still areas of Port Adelaide that need upgrading, the main street shopping precinct has been very run down for a long time.

    Andrew; you'll have to come back in a few years to see what has changed and how much.

    Lee; thank you; I'd forgotten your research skills. I like to think of here doing the rounds between Adelaide and Kangaroo island; sad that she is now nothing more than a tourist attraction, although still quite pretty to look at.

    Happy Elf Christine; it has peaceful days and busy days too, but the walk always has something to see that you didn't notice on a previous walk.

    Margaret-whiteangel; it is a big ferry by Adelaide standards, but quite small when compared to Sydney or the one that goes to and from Tassie. The jellyfish are in a non-swimming area, so aren't a problem.

    Mimsie; The jellyfish are small and I don't think they're poisonous at all, but it isn't a swimming area, so that's ok.
    I like the original pylons still being there, they will gradually erode I suppose, but they're interesting to tourists as well as locals.
    I think you would love one last ferry ride one day. could your family arrange it one day as an outing for all of you?
    My new neighbour, when he or she arrives, is likely to be a single person, these flats are only one bedroom, all occupied by a single person.

  9. I have a fondness for tugboats too! All your shots are candid beauties of what life is all about. Perfect post for Sunday Selections.

  10. Karen S; thank you, glad you enjoyed them.


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