Sunday, June 24, 2012

Derby jetty at sunset

The original wharf was built at Derby in 1894 and was a wooden T-shaped
structure and was linked to the town of Derby by a horse drawn tramway
crossing the mud flats. Wool and pearl shell were the major exports in the
early days. A new jetty was built in 1964 and live cattle was the main
export and fuel, oil and provisions the main imports. Passenger vessels
have not visited since 1973.

Tonight there was a reasonable size boat tied up waiting on the tide to
change. On board was a road train and fuel and it was headed to one of the
small islands nine hours sailing north of Derby.

The jetty is now circular and looked quite spectacular as the sunset further
and it was only about 5.30 p.m.

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