Constant Evolution

As seen on SSYTC22, there has been yet more moves around the shed, refining layouts.  It is slowly getting there!


One addition can be seen on the back wall – the pirate flag of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), consisting of a shepherd’s crook, Neptune’s Trident, and a skull emblazoned with a dolphin and whale.  The organisation is currently in the Southern Ocean, trying to prevent the killing of whales in the internationally recognised Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, an area set up by the International Whaling Commission (which was established in 1946) in 1994 to try to allow whale numbers to recover so commercial whaling could again commence in a sustainable manner.

Certain countries blatantly ignore the sanctuary boundaries, and purposefully choose to continue to kill and take around 1000 whales a year from the sanctuary for “scientific research”.  This research seems primarily based around then carving the whales up and selling them for food in their home markets, and producing pet food.  The SSCS believes that due to a complete inaction by any government to prevent illegal killing of whales that they have a legal right to enforce the treaty, and risk their ships, and themselves to do so.

The unique, New Zealand designed and built Earthrace (designed specifically to break the around-the-world record for a powerboat, which it did in just under 61 days, 14 days faster than the previous record) is the latest victim of the fight to protect the whale sanctury (it was donated by, and renamed the Ady Gil), rammed and sunk by the whaling government’s “Security Ship” sent specifically with the whaling fleet to prevent interference to their whaling operations.


Ady Gil Rammed & Sunk

More information, from both sides, and independent commentators can be found here.

Sea Shepherd
The Institute of Cetacean Research
The Guardian Newspaper (UK) (inc video of the collision)

My opinion is probably quite obvious from my earlier comments, and the flag I choose to display in my shed. Sorry if you disagree.

Sea Shepherd

Tool Access

Back to the shed, and away from politics (I really do try to keep politics off this website as a general rule).  The miscellaneous tool wall, providing easy/ready access to all sorts of spanners, pliers, screwdrivers, clamps etc.  The large 24″ adjustable spanner is from my days as a Naval Engineer, and is a real beast, and has proven incredibly valuable when there is a stubborn nut (never had one that has been able to resist that spanner!).  It was originally owned by a Chief Petty Officer in the RNZN whom I served with, and I bought it in an auction held onboard (set up by his widow) of his tools, so it is always a reminder for me of who he was.

The rest have no sentimental value – it is just nice having a decent collection of quality tools.

6 Responses

  1. I do not believe there is any justifiable reason for any whaling in the Southern Ocean. (The only justifiable whaling might be subsistence whaling by some native peoples in the Arctic area, a practice not on an industrial scale.)
    That said, I have viewed and re-viewed the collision between the Japanese whaling ship and the Ady Gil, and, if this was a deliberate act by the Japanese ship, then the helmsman and/or crew of the Ady Gil should be keelhauled! The Japanese ship is relatively slow and relatively unmanoeuvrable, paricularly compared to the Ady Gil which, for a start, must be at least ten times faster. Both vessels were under way at the time of collision, and it should have been quite easy for the Ady Gil to avoid being ‘rammed’. My own boat has a top speed of about 30 knots, and there is no way the Japanese ship could ram me, no matter how close the quarters were.
    I think that the crew of the Ady Gil were, at best, dozy, and, at worst, negligent, and they should be ashamed of the quality of their seamanship.

  2. I hope this type of political viewpoints are not going to be a regular occurence on the website.

    I’m up to here with everyone and their dog protesting about something and needing to have their voice heard as they think they are the One true saviour and no one elses view points are right.

    • I’d hope to think that one post like this in the 1140 or so to date isn’t too regular – this is a woodworking website, and as I’ve discovered on many woodworking forums, there is more than enough politics within woodworking as it is!

      Hopefully too, I’ve not been too polarised in my comments, and have provided links to both sides of the argument, as well as a relatively neutral observer’s perspective.

  3. Stuart,
    Sad to see your blog site turned into a political forum, if you continue it will destroy all the good you have set up.
    Some of us do not support whaling by Iceland, Norway or Japan but are opposed to the eco terrorist Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson. He was thrown out of Greenpeace for his violent tendencies and is now a leader of the more radical Sierra Club. He is no hero but a misanthropic head case who shot another kid when he was 10 years old; he has been jailed in Canada and the Netherlands. He has destroyed the concept of conservatism replacing it with eco fascist green piracy and a hyper inflated media machine which spits out inane talking points based on their latest stunts e.g. Ady Gil cut in half. The captain of the Ady Gil has a history of bad seamanship and killing people.
    Will you lower your “jolly roger” flag in your shed when someone gets killed from either side?
    Stick with photography, wood and tools you are good at it.
    Frank Murray

  4. I and a couple of friends were anxious to have a look at this boat when I was in Sydney,misssed it by a day so had to travel to Batemans Bay to look at it,finallly caught up with it, ran on bio diesel(cookingt oil) enjoyed looking over it pity it met such an untimely end.

  5. I find it great to read that your a man with a opinion and that you have the nerv to write down.
    It’s your website and you have right to give your opinion.
    I find it unbelievable great that there are people who want to give there live, when necessary, for a animal, the Wale.
    It is not popular to this, because almost the hole world is against you.
    The methods they use are hard, sometimes very hard, but there are no other methods who are helping and the Wales are dieing.
    The people who kill this animals, they listen to nobody, this animals must die, because they want to eat them or what they do with it.
    But I stop, but – – – – – – SAVE THE WALE – – – – – – – –
    I’m proud that they sail under the Dutch flag.

    sorry for my English

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