Day 44–Fri., Feb. 18, 2011–Port Arthur, Tasmania

     Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula.  Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and the open air museum is officially Tasmania’s top tourist attraction.  From 1833 until the 1850’s it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British and Irish criminals, those who were secondary offenders having re-offended after their arrival in Australia.  Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent here, a quite undesirable punishment.  In addition Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system.  No one lives in Port Arthur, the entire area is the museum, sort of like Williamsburg without residents.

 Port Arthur, Tasmania

     This was a tender stop.  We took the shuttle up to the visitors center and walked through their museum and watched a movie on the history of Port Arthur.  It was a beautiful day and we walked around a little bit.  The grounds are very well kept.

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    Canadian Cottage                             Jetty House

     We had lunch on the ship and I made an appointment to get my hair cut.  Ray did Shuffleboard and Paddle Tennis.  The captain sailed past a very dramatic coastline as we left Port Arthur.  It was at dinnertime, but I went down to 3 for some pictures.

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Tasmania Coast

IMG_3246Lance Ringnald, Olympic Gold Athlete

I was on the elevator with Lance Ringnald, Olympian.

     The entertainment tonight was Black Tie, two brothers and their wives.  The men sing and one woman plays the piano and the other the cello.  The seas got very rough.

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“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageousl.  This is how character is built …” –Eleanor Roosevelt-

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