Saturday, 18 October 2014

POLLY AT SOUTH WHARF

Polly Woodside is a Belfast-built, three-masted, iron-hulled barque, preserved in Melbourne, Australia, and forming the central feature of the South Wharf precinct. The ship was originally built in Belfast by William J. Woodside and was launched in 1885. Polly Woodside is typical of thousands of smaller iron barques built in the last days of sail, intended for deep water trade around the world and designed to be operated as economically as possible.

Polly Woodside was closed to the public on 30 April 2006 to allow for the major redevelopment of the lower Yarra River's southern bank. The $1.4 billion redevelopment, announced by the Victorian Government in February 2006, included construction works for the new Melbourne Convention Centre immediately next to the Polly Woodside. The ship was temporarily relocated approximately 50 metres away to a mooring on the adjacent Yarra River on 26 August 2008 – its first move in 33 years – for a $13 million operational refurbishment and restoration of its dry dock home, board walk, and adjacent former wharf sheds.

Between this time and May 2009 the water within the Duke and Orr's Dry Dock was pumped out and a gated dam wall built at the entrance. The bottom of the dry dock was excavated and permanent keel supports built into the concrete base for Polly Woodside to sit upon, allowing the ship to be periodically dry docked for repairs. On 19 May 2009 the dam wall gates were opened allowing water to flow into the dry dock and Polly Woodside was returned to the Duke and Orr's Dry Dock. Polly Woodside was reopened to the public on 23 December 2010.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Photo of the Week meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.



7 comments:

  1. Wow, you cityscapes are amazing, the colour you mange to captures is awesome.

    Thanks for linking up with Photo of the Week.

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  2. You can't be wrong when you take night shot : city light enhace everything !

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  3. That is a beautiful ship and your reflections on the water are really pretty!

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  4. The ship was originally built in Belfast and was launched in 1885. But when did it stop operating and what happened to it? We are fortunate to have it in Melbourne, repaired and opened to the public.

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  5. great city views and reflections.

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  6. The ship looks so lovely framed in the evening lights. Gorgeous colours in these photos.

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