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Cyclonic Aftermath, Brisbane, Australia, 1965 

In Chapter 7, A View Down Under, I recount the destructive assault of what was termed "A Severe Tropical Cyclone" by the media.  The 95 knot winds blew straight down the Brisbane River, cantering through the path of least resistance, and reeking havoc on everything in its unguided course.


The 56 foot ketch was damaged by a 45 foot French boat rafted next to us.  Some 40 boats that were moored in the river were all blown off their moorings.


These snapshots from the video illuminates the damage done on both boats.  The video was shown on the six o'clock news in Brisbane a few days after the storm.  Both Charles and I are 18 years old in these scenes.


Charles and I point out the boat damage for the film crew.  We remained in Brisbane for three months from December 1964-February 1965.  The storm was an eye opening experience.


The photo above is of the Mizzen boom cradle that was ripped from the boat by another boats anchor.


Above is the ferry that was blown under the bowsprit of the two rafted yachts.  You could see how four foot waves bashing on the ferry could be perilous to the passengers.