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01 May 2015


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Exciting! I am a specialist with tidal bores worldwide. I've been to quite a few of them, including Kepala Arus in West Papua last summer.

I am really curious about those bores in Fly, Bamu, Turama... Any testimony, photos would be great. Please mail PS : check my book "Mascaret L'onde lunaire".

I love this story, especially with boats in the sea.

Thanks, Bob. I'll be looking forward to it.

Thanks for those comments. I've noted Francis's comments and sent Keith another one, more lighthearted.

Thank you Bob, Phil, Chris and William for sharing your experience of boats with us.

Whether adventurous or perilous, the determination and perseverance of men and women like you to bring civilisation into this harshest part of the world when technology was still primal is commendable.

I love to read all those experiences. I am sure there are many more such stories in you. Please share with us while you can.

Enjoyed this story very much, Bob!

Lovely story Bob.

In 1971, I got caught by a sudden squall whilst travelling in the MV Ruby, the MV Urunga's sister ship, and, like you, spent an exciting hour or so being battered from pillar to post.

Those boats were pretty tough and we survived unscathed to carry on the patrol.

A Steamships Trading Company coastal freighter was not so lucky, being hit on the stern quarter by a freak wave which overturned her.

Happily, the crew escaped, clambered aboard the Carley raft that deployed during the rollover and paddled ashore to safety.

Annoyingly, I can't find a record of the boat concerned but, unless I am having a senior moment, I am sure my recollection is right.

There was a bore on the Turama River that used to enliven a journey to Omati Base Camp and, while I have been stranded on the mud more than once, I certainly didn't have to endure the exciting refloating process that you describe.

The Gulf of Papua was, superficially at least, a fairly benign environment but a wise seafarer never forgot that it could kill you pretty quickly if you were inattentive or complacent.

Keep writing Bob, otherwise a lot of history will be lost.

Bob - Not forgetting the ever trustworthy 3LW Gardner engine.

If I remember correctly, in the early days Daryl Harris of Lae Markham Transport had trucks powered by 6LW Gardner's on the Lae - Mt Hagen run or perhaps it was Collins & Leahy in their white trucks. Or both....

Got rolled in a canoe in the Bamu Bore, Bob. Not as big as yours but I had sand in places I didn't think sand would ever go.

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