Recently, a friend visiting Australia sent me a few photographs of Circular Quay in Sydney.
They reminded me that, in my own time deep sea, Sydney ranked as one of my favourite ports of call – a beautiful natural harbour.
Many years have passed since then, but the famous Harbour Bridge still mightily impresses, but so too does the magnificent Sydney Opera House. In my time, this visionary project was mired in controversy both in terms of cost and design. Sadly its Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, never enjoyed a concert/opera at his completed masterpiece, but with the passing of the years his genius is perhaps now universally recognised – here is an Opera House which Sydney and Australia can be truly proud of.
It was officially opened in September 1973 and with its wonderful sails, it complements this extraordinary harbour.
Getting back to Circular Quay, we did in my Blue Funnel days, on occasion, berth at that famous quay, but I always thought our cargo ship looked a bit out of place at this more natural preserve of the mighty passenger ships. Circular Quay still serves the cruise ships of today, but it is also the base for Sydney Harbour Ferries.