• Paul Coleman

A Toasty Christmas Anchored Off Western Australia



48 years ago, a teenager at sea: On the MV Westminster Bridge, anchored off Dampier, Western Australia for almost three weeks, blistering hot, the air conditioning conks out, Christmas dinner on deck.


Finally get ashore, go to only bar that's open, Chief Cook , a very well built lad from Liverpool, get's into a fight with an aborigine, an epic battle until the police man arrived.


The police man's amiable

, used to the hard life of the mining town and drives us back to the ship. On the way he shines a spot light to the road side, 'Roo!' says the policeman, now turned tour guide, as the Kangaroo bounces off into the night. Other than that fight and a huge brawl a few months later in Port Headland, another mining town, that was the only wildlife I saw in Australia. :)

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