Monday, November 29, 2010

Keswick Island Boat

* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)

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Father Donnelly and his fellow lease holders of Keswick Island (Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia) bought the Port Macquarie Police Boat - an aluminium 21 foot half cabin.

They took it up to Keswick Island and it was good for a couple of years until Father Leo (Donnelly) took it up to Mackay Harbour, moored it to the wharf and left it overnight.  He forgot the big tides up there.

When he returned next morning the boat was hanging by the bow with stern and motor underwater.

He got the local marine mechanic to do what he could, but the boat was never again reliable and often broke down.

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