Posted December 19th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Last edited by bazzaw; December 19th, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Have a look at the satellite view of garden Island here
Once upon a time
- Garden Island was indeed an island - you can see the original island with the trees showing at the very northern part of what we now call "Garden Island" . Over the past couple of hundred years, the island was joined to the mainland to create a dockyard. When I was in the navy myself, there was no such thing as a "Fleet base" ( on the western side of Garden Island). The Navy Fleet used to berth inside the Dockyard itself - however with the privatisation of the Dockyard in the late 80's , the powers -to-be decided to separate the two activities (refitting/maintenance of Navy ships and normal Naval weekly "running") and the Fleet Base was built. You can see from the pic what Sutho has been saying about these individual berths being quite small -- big enough for most naval ships , but not very suitable for large cruiseships. On the eastern side of GI, there are no wharves at all.
BTW - the Navy ships that you can see in that pic are around only 130 metres long - Vista class ships are almost 300 metres - Voyager of the Seas Azura and QM2 are even longer. The wharf at the OPT is only 220 metres long.
Personally I can see no place anywhere in Sydney Harbour that would be acceptable to Sydneysiders as an additional cruise terminal, east of the bridge. Nor can I imagine the Federal Authorities agreeing to complicate Naval operations out of the Fleet base.
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