Sheltered at Preservation Island

If you ever wondered where the predominant wind comes from in the Furneaux, the answer is from the west and typically blowing at 25 to 30 knots. So for the past few days we have been sheltering at Preservation Island. We had a lively sail south, from Badger Island. Why south we hear you ask? Because we were not ready to head towards home yet and wanted a change of scenery. 


We are probably anchored close to where the merchant ship Sydney Cove got beached in 1797, at the southern tip of the island.


Anchored near the Spit at Preservation Island

The Sydney Cove was on a passage from India to Sydney. This was before Bass Strait was discovered and ships rounded the southern tip of Tasmania to reach the east coast of Australia. The ship was taking in so much water it was in grave danger of sinking. Captain Hamilton steered his boat through Banks Strait and ran it aground to save his cargo of rum and crew. To ensure the alcohol was not pilfered, it got moved to a small island a few hundred meters away which they named Rum Island.


Looking over to Rum Island – any left?

During our time on Preservation, we kept ourselves amused: fishing for squid and catching plenty, and exploring ashore. The seascapes and landscapes here are remarkable. What stands out the most are the brilliant aqua and ultramarine colours of the sea, and the granite boulders on the island, looking like tall sentinels, reminiscent of the Easter Island tors. But after four days we are ready to move on. As we post, the next port of call is under deliberation!

Here is a gallery showing the fantastic scenery that surrounds us.

20 thoughts on “Sheltered at Preservation Island

  1. Lovely looking place. That first photo however makes it look like you are on the wrong side of the spit. We will be in Melbourne at least another week – we have a rental property to paint before we can advertise for the next lot of tenants. Stay safe. xxx Trish

    • Yes we were on the other side of the spit hiding from the wind!
      Hope we can catch up. We are aiming to be back by the next weekend, but the weather needs to cooperate!

  2. It’s hard to imagine how desperate the capitain and crew would have been to deliberately run their ship ashore at what must have seemed like the ends of the earth. We can relate to the weather: building our ship outside under rudimentary shelter at Port Sorell, subject to the same weather patterns, but thankfully not as windy.

    • Yes that spot at the end of the island does feel like you are hanging on to the extremities! We have had to move from there as the SE is coming, but as usual in the middle of the night, so we are at Kangaroo Bay on Clarke Island now and early tomorrow morning, we’ll head north, possibly to Roydon island.

  3. Beautiful. Those rocks, sand and water colours look just like Albany in Western Australia. Brings back fond memories.

    • Hi Amanda – yes lots of strong winds but we are enjoying our foray in the Furneaux and it’s lovely to share the experience with our friends for the last two weeks. Where are you now?

      • On land… home in Somers. Preparing for our New Cal adventure in May. Just completed a list of maintenance jobs on our boat which is at Boatworks in Qld. Tassie is on our list, maybe next year.

      • New Cal sounds excellent. We too have a long maintenance list to tackle over the next few months, as we will be moving on board soon for the big escape!

    • Hello Susie – It has been good for the whole crew, lots of different experiences. Today we are sailing north for a bit, a stretch of 50 miles so good practice for Greg and Ann! Had a spinnaker run first thing and now sailing well under main and jib. We are hoping to get to a favourite spot – Roydon Island, before the next westerly blow! Very pleasant and smooth today.

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