The day started overcast and rainy with an icy wind howling around the harbour.
No one was looking forward to the day ahead – Vampire returning to her berth alongside at the Australian National Maritime Museum – not because we weren’t excited about her home coming after three weeks in dry dock, but the difficulties involved in towing her through the harbour in the current weather conditions.
Crew, museum staff, members and volunteers lucky enough to be returning with Vampire were cheered when the sun began to peep from behind the layers of cloud and the rain disappeared, leaving a near-cloudless blue sky. The wind was still a potential problem and right up until the last minute and it was uncertain whether or not Vampire would be able to make her journey back to ANMM!
It was all good news in the end and the wind proved to be no match for the skilled DMS tug operators who towed Vampire back to Darling Harbour and helped her berth safely and securely alongside at the South Wharf.
HMAS Vampire is set to re-open to the public this coming Saturday July 17 and the public will again be able to walk her decks and see all the hard work that our Fleet team have put in over the last three weeks.
— Kat Lindsay