WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPT.
Had a good calm night. Sea is oily calm this morning. Changed to liflit northerly. Left Happy Bay 8 am for Cid Harbour. Fished off Cid Island. Rex caught his first Coral Trout and some lovely snapper bream. Trawled to Sawmill Site and caught two mackerel. One weighed 7lb. dressed. Returned to Cid Island for lunch. Nice northerly fresh blowing; where we contacted Roylens at 1.30 pm and collected pharaphenalia and headed for Nara Inlet. Dinghy got loose and had to turn back for it. Saw mother whale turning somersaults and a calf playing too.
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After dinner went to Maryport and caught five Red Emperor. Went back to Pelican and anchored for the night. Had fish supper and cleaned up to go ashore. Arthur Bussetin came alongside with "Omar". Went ashore with outboard and saw the Bussetttins and enjoyed the frolics of the guests. A northerly wind blowing and when we left to board the dinghy, the boat rolled, as I tried to step in, and over I went, right over my head. Wet everything including my watch which doesn't seem to have suffered, new black cardigan, new dress, but didn't lose my glasses. Had to rinse all in fresh water after boarding "Kingfisher:
WEDNESDAY SEPT 1OTH
Overshot the winch when hauling up the anchor and caused trouble as we couldn't use the engine and Rex had to haul by hand. Left Pelican at 8.40 am for Finger and Thumb and fished, drifting for 10 minutes. No fish. Left for Goldsmith Inlet at 10.35 am. Went ashore at Goldsmith and explored the island. On returning to boat, found it had dragged the reef anchor and was aground. She couldn't be moved as the North wind had taken control. Packed the legs up after getting them firm on reef, and waited 5 hours for the tide to rise. Scared stiff damage may be done on account of heavy load on boat, but it was O.K. Left for Ingot Bay and anchored for the night
THURSDAY SEPT 11TH.
Left Ingot at 7.50 am and went to Farrier. Explored island, and got a young cocoanut plant. Dad decided to sit for 1/2 hour and wait for a turkey hen near the mound. Rex and I went back to boat to fish and I landed our first Coral Trout (5 lb.) got a couple of other small rubbish. Dad gave a signal and Rex picked him up. (No turkey). Left again and passed Coppersmith lighthouse at 10.05 am. Left Keysor Island at 2.30 pm for Lindeman. Had a rough trip round the northern side. Was rough and had a job to cook fish and chips for tea. The winch was stiff and took all the current out of the batteries and the starter was flat. Had to couple up to 24 v. Didn't go ashore that night.
FRIDAY SEPT 12TH
Went ashore this morning and we were greeted by Tom Evetts who took us for morning tea; also greeted by Lock Nicholson. We went up and inspected the aerodrome and saw a plane come in, and passengers land. Took photos from top (wonderful view). Had a ride up the hill in their passenger Kombi, also down again. Were invited on a run with their guests on the Shang, amongst the islands. It was a lovely trip, met lots of the guests and enjoyed the run immensely. Tom cut the engine and we went right up to a Whale and Calf. Cameras worked overtime. Arrived back to Kingfisher, cooked tea went ashore for pictures (up to put). Friday was a beautiful calm day, but S.E. came up on returning from pictures and had a terrible night Brough and I slept about 1/2 hour all night.
SATURDAY SEPT 13TH
Left Lindeman 7.15 am in rough sea for Hamilton Bay and stopped at 8.50 for breakfast. Started again at 9.40 am for Whitsunday Inlet arriving at 10.20 am. Left boat and went in dinghy and outboard for miles up Inlet. Decided to move out to see if weather had moderated and engine made terrible noise. Stopped at once and they have been working on it ever since. Have got it going now, but I don't know if it is satisfactory; will add more later - Later: Still working on engine. Stayed Whitsunday for the night.
SUNDAY SEPT 14th
Had good sleep last night. Men are working on engine again. Time 7 am. Left Whitsunday Inlet at 10.45 am for Long Island. Went E. Time 10.45 am./ Arrived Palm Bay 12.50. Nice and calm. Left for Happy Bay and met the Mountenays. Had afternoon tea and were shown over he Island. Invited for dinner at night and accepted. Had left the dinghy anchored at low water and waited for tide to float her. Was dark night and mistook dinghys close to beach for ours, but on investigating Dad had to walk out up to his armpits before recovering it.
MONDAY 15TH SEPT
Had run with John Mountenay on "Noela Ray". Afterwards had morning tea on Kingfisher and went ashore and climbed Island to the lookouts. Returned to boat, had dinner and a rest, then went to Shute Harbour at 2.50 p,m to fish. Rex caught 7 fish, Brough one, me none. Lovely day, wind E 10 knots. Took on 24 gallons fuel from Happy Bay. Three Pounds six shillings cost. Met Terry Deane and Mrs. on Island. TUESDAY 16TH.
Had a good night rest last night. Still very calm. Decided to ring Colin re batteries etc., as have had trouble with same. Got Sylvia, and left message. Came back to boat and Brought is working on the pump. Time 9.45 am. Charlie arriving Mackay tonight. Left for South Molle 10.55 am. Engine started much better. Had dinner South Mille, (very nice) 8/6 pence. Saw young Laird and wife on honeymoon. Boarded Kingfisher 2.50 pm. Went to Daydream Island and roamed around. Pretty little island, got some pawpaws. Boarded boat back to Happy Bay to meet the "Noela Ray" and collect the ice. Later :- Collect ice, had tea and went ashore at night. Posted letter to Win.
Left Eimeo at 8.30 a.m. September 9 1958. Lovely calm day. Saw first whale 9 am. Arrived Fantome 10. 20 am. and fished but only got 1 Snapper Bream and left for West Point at 11.30. Caught a few snapper bream. Left for Brampton and arrived at 1 pm. with three Roylens. Had dinner and Rex was washing his hands over the side, when he overbalanced and fell into the water (wasted no time getting back on board ).