The dregding on the channel at Pelican Point was completed this week and half a metre of additional depth has been added. The channel should now be navigable at all times to vessels up to 1.8 metre draft. At high tide, up to 3 metres of water is available throughout.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is liaising with the Parks and Wildlife Service over placement of sand from the works.
The channel over the barway is holding its position and depth at the moment.
Please contact St Helens Marine Rescue on VHF Channel 16 or UHF Channels 88 or 94 for assistance if you are unfamiliar with the barway crossing or the channel route past Pelican Point.
St Helens Barway Channel Marker at 41 deg 16.216' S, 148 deg 20.304' E
The Georges Bay Barway marker Buoy was recently relocated. The new coordinates of the marker buoy are:
41 degrees 16.216′ S
148 degrees 20.304′ E
WSG DATUM 84
The dredging at Pelican point has commenced and we can look forward to an improved channel. Please take care while the dredging is in progress.
Historic Yacht Westward (photo by Peter Campbell ©)
This week we towed the yacht “Westward”
into St Helens where she will be on the slip for a week or so.
The cutter Westward, the only Tasmanian yacht to have twice won the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on handicap, has been gifted to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania by the yacht’s owner for the past 55 years, Mr Stan Field. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania plans to have her as part of its exhibition of historic Tasmanian boats in Constitution Dock but also sailing regularly on the River Derwent.
The St Helens Game Fishing Club President John McGiveron has presented the St Helens Marine Rescue Association with a $500.00 donation on behalf of the club for doing the skeds over the 2 days of the St Helens Game Fishing Classic. This welcome support will assist us with the ongoing cost of running our service.