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Friday, 6 January 2017

2016-01-05 Port Pirie.

Every few weeks we go for ride/drive to Port Pirie to do some shopping and upon arriving we got see some things we don't usually get to see.

The lead smelter at Port Pirie (behind the ship) is going through an upgrade and as we approached the town we could not miss the white cranes towering above everything else in the area. Then as we neared the town harbour front we caught a glimpse of a red ship and made a mental note to check it out before leaving for home.

 We found a shady spot to park the bike while we had some lunch and since we were near the fishing jetty I walked over to take a photo of the red ship.

Another surprise was an incoming ship and some tug boats at the turn around point in the river. Ships often come in to be loaded at the smelters and are turned before berthing. We see these being loaded quite often but we have never been there when one is arriving. The Southern Flinders Ranges in the background.

To make this a triple big thing event I took a pic of the bike and trailer (just visible) in a shady car park space in front of the grain silos.

After our shopping was over we made our way to other side of the river via the causeway to take some pics before leaving for home.

This was one of those times we left the SLR camera at home and 200mm lense would have been a bonus but we had to make do with using the phones (Samsung S5 above and S7 below)

Hansa Heavy Lift ship details for those who maybe interested

Round trip from Peterborough to Port Pire is 216 km.

Map link