It made a pleasant change to have dry fairly warm weather for the sixteen members and one very well behaved dog, Louie,who met at the Medina Park Picnic Site for a walk beside the Medina estuary to Dodnor and back along the cycle -path.There was much wildlife from start to finish as well as a little local history.
First stop was the Hurstake foot bridge to admire a stone statue of a contemplative sitting lady, inscribed with the artists initials SFE and dated 2007.Nearby is a pentagram inscribed with geological destinations:Nile Delta;Gurnard;Tuvalu (a group of atolls in the South Pacific);Texcel (an island off the coast of the Netherlands) and the Sunderbans (a National Park in Bangladesh).
Stone statue of the contemplative lady (photo:Hazel Trevan)
The group then proceeded towards Ship and Launch House and Newport Rowing Club.
Today no evidence exists of the 19th century Hurstake Shipyard where many naval frigates were built and launched into the Medina Estuary.As well as the shipyard there was a public house, The Ship and Launch.When the public house ceased trading the building was converted into a private dwelling which still retains the name Ship and Launch House
Looking towards Dodnor (photo:Dave Trevan)
Newport Rowing Club has been at Hurstake since 1863. (more…)