Shirley's Trip to Queensland 2016 travel blog

On the bridge of the Trinity Bay

Getting ready to unload cargo at Lockhart River

Unloading onto a barge at Lockhart River

We steamed north all night at a constant 12 knots. Our route takes us between the mainland & the outer Barrier Reef so the water is very calm. After a full cooked breakfast (all meals are buffet-style), we had a tour of the bridge in the morning then could watch a video of the engine-room if we wanted to.

In the afternoon we stopped at the small (pop 600) community of Lockhart River. There are no wharf facilities here so the cargo was unloaded onto a barge & we didn't get off the ship. Although the sea was smooth, it was quite windy so the crane driver needed all his skill to transfer 2 shipping pallets from ship to barge. However, it was good fun to watch from our vantage point beside the ship’s bridge.

The meals are fantastic. Our cook is a very large Islander who obviously likes his food & we get at least 3 choices on the menu at each meal (usually most of us try all 3), plus vegies & salads followed by mouth-watering deserts. The ship isn’t flash – it’s obviously a working cargo ship but all the staff, from the captain down are very friendly & approachable.

Again we steamed through the night & although we hadn’t done much except supervise the unloading at Lockhart River, from what I hear, we all slept like logs – I certainly did.

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