All Aboard!

For Flinders Island – good access and good communication is key!

Today – Furneaux Freight  docked the “Captain Bill” for the first time at Lady Barron Wharf, Flinders Island. Passengers exclaimed instead of breaking the champagne across the ships bow upon departure from Bridport ‘we drank it!’ After all what a waste! This brand new freight/passenger boat is certainly not that!

The Bayles family of Bridport have spent over two years working on the “Captain Bill” so that us Islanders don’t starve! – Including our livestock… Yep I’m always thinking about my stomach, a great BBQ was provided too. This neatly fit-out-boat deserves a big Hip Hip Hooray!

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  • Reply maxine white May 20, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I was so fortunate to be on the maiden voyage with my 92 year father Captain Bill Barrett who has been unexpectedly and humbled by having the new “Captain Bill” ship, named in his honour. It was a most exciting trip, only taking between 5 to 5.5hrs – amazing! Mathew, Colleen, Jacob and Shannon Bayles, who own and work so very hard in establishing this business to meet the needs of the islanders, are a very down to earth, approachable, caring, welcoming family,forever working to improve the service for those islanders who have to rely on a regular service for their livelihood.
    To arrive at Lady Barron to such a warm welcome was just so exciting. For me,on the ship it was a “sea” of faces and clicking cameras. The warm welcome by Mayor Carol Cox was wonderful and it was so nice to meet Carol.The following community party on the ship just added to utopia of the day. there was no end of Kentucky chicken and hamburgers, and all sorts of drinks for everybody! The excitement and interaction by all, was just so contagious. It was wonderful to see the islanders explore their new vessel, while gaining a better understanding of what the ship and the service has to offer.
    Then Saturday evening in Whitemark, was just wonderful too. The Lions Club did a magnificent job in organising that. Finger food was fantastic and the hypnotist show was brilliant. I laughed until I was almost sick. Such a very funny night, to cap off the day. Our night tour from Lady Barron to Whitemark return was so educational. We now know for sure, that all those kangaroos and wombat crossing the roads were actually battery operated, for us on the bus, to enjoy.
    I had not been to the island for many years, and for me it was the greatest, and I met up with friends whom I had been to school with 45-50 years ago, and finished my short stay be thoroughly enjoying catch up with my very special and always dear friends from days at LGH, Roger and Bev Watson. Then time to leave, on our 5 hour trip return, when again in Bridport there was a line of cars along the waterfront, with people taking photos.
    Well Flinders Islanders I am sure you will enjoy the benefits that the Captain Bill will bring to you – take advantage of it, and enjoy all it offers you, and the friendship with the Bayles family, Mathew, Colleen, Jacob and Shannon.
    Thank you Flinders for such a great and welcoming weekend on your beautiful island.
    Maxine white (Barrett)

    • Reply Megan Morphett May 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Aw-that is a lovely report of your high-seas adventure! Of your family background, fun times catching up with old friends and the warm wishes you felt from the community in Bridport and here.

      So pleased you spent the time to write about your experience, the journey and the destination – Flinders Island.

      You sure know how to throw a welcome party Furneaux Freight…there were whispers of fried chicken from the mainland…

      We heard Zieken Black was a hoot! The fact that you were able to sponsor such an entertaining event for the Lions Club of Flinders Island is also pretty cool.

      Many happy return trips to come – watch out for the wildlife!


  • Reply Pamela Morris May 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    The launch of this vessel is a massive honour for my family, as I ma Captain Bill’s daughter and am very proud of my father and indeed all of my family.

    Matthew Bayles and his family are to be congratulated on this fine vessel. The fact that hay was brought across on the maiden voyage says a lot about the generosity of this beautiful family.

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