Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

STS Leeuwin on the Busselton Jetty

I took a walk out the jetty today to see the STS Leeuwin berthed at the jetty. The last time I saw a ship tied up to the jetty was as a child. The ship was loading timber, and trains used to take the timber out to the ship. We would be crabbing from the jetty and when the train went past, we would have to climb down under the deck of the jetty to let it past. We were totally unsupervised but no-one was ever hurt except when a crab was too quick for us.

Today there was a ship (the STS Leeuwin), a train (of sorts), and a restored jetty that is much grander than the original. It is good to see that the ink stains from squid are gradually taking the pristine edge off the restored jetty and adding a bit of colour.

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty


7 responses

  1. Yes I can just remember boats at the jetty loading timber, I think we have a picture of it somewhere.. You could just walk around almost anywhere and know one really cared. Wouldn’t be allowed within 300 metres of it today.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • Today kids would not be allowed to get so close to a train – someone would be scared they would be sued. In those days if we got hurt, it was because we were being stupid and when we got home we were in trouble.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  2. Nice work Ian!

    Looks like square riggers are the order of the month eh!

    Thanks for your help again on the weekend.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • No problems Mark – I hope you got the shots you needed.

      Square riggers are pretty special, especially West Australian ones! At least the Leeuwin looks like it will stay in WA, and I saw a story the other day which suggested the Duyfkin was returning. All good.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  3. Larissa Plackett

    One of them was up here for a bit, harboured next to Ella, Jessica Watson’s boat. I took Ben on it last year. Lots of cubby holes.

    January 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

  4. Larissa Plackett

    Lovely image..

    January 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

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