Schooner on Derwent River in Hobart, Australia

It is easy to understand why Captain David Collins selected Sullivans Cove – named after the Under Secretary to the Colonies – for an English settlement in 1804 that he called Hobart Town. As the estuary of the Derwent River, the location provided for inland transportation for 120 miles upstream. More important, it is a deep, natural harbor protected by Storm Bay as it widens downstream and flows beyond the Tasman Peninsula into the ocean. Explorer Sir John Hayes named the river in 1793. It means “valley thick with oaks.” The tall ship is the SV Rhona H, built in 1942. It is one of several schooner sightseeing craft available from Hobart’s waterfront.


Derwent River, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia


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