Sadly our cruise is one third over today!
Darwin is a modern tropical city at the “top” of Australia, population 145,000.
It was bombed 64 times, over a 1.5 year period during WWll, but the Japs
never tried to invade. 235 mostly non-Australian sailors were killed during the
first raid by 242 planes on Feb. 19, 1942.
More tragedy ensued on Dec. 24, 1974 when a category 5
cyclone, packing 175 mph (280km) winds literally destroyed the city.
Tropical weather was oppressively warm and humid today. Felt good to get back
to the ship, even though a glass of ‘Fifty Lashes’ pale ale hit the spot earlier.
School kids wear smart looking uniforms her too. See photo of while parliament
Police scoot around on Segways, quietly stalking those beer-swilling Aussies!
The Indian and Pacific oceans meet along Northern Australia, and since the tides
in the Indian Ocean are diurnal while Pacific tides are semi-diurnal, flows can
exceed 10 mph.
Note: Flags of Commonwealth hang in the parliament building and Mozambique’s
displays an AK 47! Go figure.
Sailing into Darwin at 7:00 AM
Plaque on the floor in the Hall of Commonwealth Hall of flags, Parliament
Uniformed students in front of the Parliament buildings
AK 47 on Mozambique flag
Check out the beer name, Fifty Lashes
Progressive sunset over the Tamor Sea, West of Darwin. Photos span a 40 minute period.
End of a great day