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MCALISTER’S WAY - FREE Weekly Serialisation Volume 4 Chapters 6 & 7 A Young Adult Action and Adventure Story for Baby Boomers More musing from the author………. Chapter 6 When I first immigrated to Australia, Aboriginals were not yet citizens and the cultural-clash this caused still exists. For native people to evolve socially in two hundred years when it took Europeans ten thousand is a big ask and all the well-intentioned interventions won’t change that. Chapter 7 I started flying sixteen years after Danny McAlister’s adventure, but know Townsville and Port Moresby Airports well. The weather is wonderful in the dry-season while it can be treacherous in during the wet. Richard Marman, Author, Sunshine Coast ================= KEYWORDS/TAGS: McAlister’s Way, action, adventure, Zach, military, helicopters, choppers, soldiers, airmen, attack, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Merimbula, plane, flight, fly, Young Adult, YA, explore, discover, Townsville, Port Moresby, , airborne, ammunition, beach, Bob, bully-beef, Cape York, cargo, Clements, Coastwatchers, Cobar, cockpit, contraband, co-pilot, crates, Dakota, Danny, DC-3, dingy, engines, Garbutt, gooney-bird, Guadalcanal, inspection, instruments, Island, Jack, Japanese, Lady Burdekin, Lou, Magnetic Bearing, Major, military, New Guinea, Penina, pilot, plane, RAAF, radio, Royal Australian Air Force, runway, scramble, service, sharks, Sid, slam, slipstream, smuggle, soldiers, spear-fishing, take-off, tarmac, Townsville, underwater

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McAlister’s Way

Free Weekly Serialisation Vol. 4

Glossary

AIF

Australian Imperial Force

ANA

Australian National Airways

ASI

airspeed indicator

AH

artificial horizon (aircraft’s attitude gauge)

ATC

air traffic control

AVGAS

aviation gasoline (piston-engine plane fuel)

AWA

Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia)

AWOL

absent without leave

AWU

Australian Workers’ Union

CMF

Citizens Military Force known as The Militia and incorporated into the AIF during WWII

CO

commanding officer

C-of-G

centre of gravity

CSR

Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd

DCA

Department of Civil Aviation

GBH

grievous bodily harm

GP

general purpose or general practitioner

HF

high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

ICU

intensive care unit

KP

kitchen patrol (military punishment duties)

Knots (Kts)

nautical miles per hour

Max Revs

maximum revolutions (full throttle)

MP

Military Police (red caps)

NCO

non-commissioned officer (corporals, sergeants and warrant officers)

NDB

Non-directional (radio) beacon

OR

Operating Room (theatre)

POWs

prisoners of war

P. W. & I.

prisoner of war and internment (camp)

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

R & R

rest and recreation (leave)

RANVR

Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve

RAR

Royal Australian Regiment

RSL

Returned Servicemen’s League

Short Ton

2000 lb (pounds) or 907 kilograms – a weight used mostly in America

TAA

Trans Australian Airlines

VHF

very high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

VSI

vertical speed indicator

Sliders

small hamburgers

XXXX bitter

Queensland lager-style beer

Contents

Chapter 6 Cobar’s War

Chapter 7 Gooney Bird Trail

Chapter 6Cobar’s War

For the next month Danny learned the fundamentals of seafaring and, despite Cobar Bob’s truculence, loved every minute of it. He studied charts and learnt the radio language needed to operate Lady Burdekin’s HF transceiver that was preset to several marine frequencies. He quickly mastered the skill required to cast the prawn nets, haul the catch aboard and stow the seething avalanche of crustaceans into the ice lockers. Soon he became proficient enough to take a watch at Lady Burdekin’s helm which he enjoyed most of all. They completed several voyages between Mackay, Cape York and beyond into the Gulf of Carpentaria where tiger prawns were the most plentiful. They off-loaded their catches into cold storage warehouses at Weipa, Karumba, Cairns and Townsville wharves. Danny took the opportunities ashore to buy spare clothes with his first pay-packet. He also bought a sketch pad, pencils and watercolours. He had a moderate talent for art and enjoyed drawing when he was young. Of course that all ended at St Ursicinus. Not that there was a lot of spare time, although he completed several sketches.

Prawn trawling was hard work, however there was leisure time as well. Here on the eastern Gulf coast Danny first admired rolls of sausage shaped clouds that spread for miles along the beach early in the day. Jim called them Morning Glory cloud,, saying they were unusual worldwide, although common enough around Cape York Peninsula. Other wonders were the huge tidal races that exposed miles of treacherous mud flats that could ground Lady Burdekin. Jack and his crew knew their business however and always found a deep channel to moor the trawler at low tide. Penina taught Danny how to fish for barramundi from Lady Burdekin’s tinnie beside vast mangroves outcrops at the Norman, Gilbert and Mitchell River estuaries. It was on one of these occasions Danny spotted his first salt water croc. It looked menacing even with only its eyes and nostrils above the muddy water surface.

‘They’re most dangerous at this time of year,’ Penina explained. ‘They take black-fella kids sometimes. In the dry they lie on the beach where you can see ’em waiting for the sun to heat them up. Now it’s warm enough they stay underwater and they’re hard buggers to spot.’

Danny wished they had a bigger boat as the giant saurian glided past. Although it left them alone, they moved on to another fishing spot. There was no shortage of sharks either and a catch was often ripped from their hooks or they reeled in a fish with nothing but its head remaining. Sometimes they actually hooked a shark which proved good eating.