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Sydney Day 1

Thursday 7 September 2017

Fine and mainly sunny in Sydney today.

Today we drove to the historic Coal Loader Terminal at Waverton, for a coffee before a look at the partially restored coal loader terminal, before a walk around Balls Head Reserve.

The coal loader terminal operated from the early 20's until its closure in the early 90's. The coal loader consisted of an extensive elevated platform which housed a large coal stockpile, under which there was a series of tunnels each with chutes for loading skips that were drawn through the tunnels. The skips operated on a cable hauled system that took them out onto a finger wharf to load waiting ships. The skips were replaced by a high speed conveyer in the 1970's.

In the early years coal was brought from nearby coal mines by small colliers and unloaded onto the platform using large grab cranes, before being transferred as bunkering coal to other vessels. In the 1970's the facility was converted for loading export coal ships.

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Coal loader platform with two of the tunnels.

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The derelict finger wharf at the coal loader terminal.

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A coal loading skip.

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Inside one of the coal loader tunnels.

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HMAS Gascoyne a mine sweeper at the nearby Naval base.

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Jan resting in a cave on Balls Head.

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Goat Island from Balls Head with Sydney CBD in the bacground.

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Ferries coming and going on Sydney Harbour.

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Small shipyard located on Goat Island.

Posted by TwoAces 21:25

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