McALISTER'S WAY - FREE Serialisation Vol. 04 - Chapters 6 and 7 - Richard Marman - darmowy ebook

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



Australian Imperial Force


Australian National Airways


airspeed indicator


artificial horizon (aircraft’s attitude gauge)


air traffic control


aviation gasoline (piston-engine plane fuel)


Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia)


absent without leave


Australian Workers’ Union


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


commanding officer


centre of gravity


Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd


Department of Civil Aviation


grievous bodily harm


general purpose or general practitioner


high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)


intensive care unit


kitchen patrol (military punishment duties)

Knots (Kts)

nautical miles per hour

Max Revs

maximum revolutions (full throttle)


Military Police (red caps)


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


Non-directional (radio) beacon


Operating Room (theatre)


prisoners of war

P. W. & I.

prisoner of war and internment (camp)


Royal Australian Air Force

R & R

rest and recreation (leave)


Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve


Royal Australian Regiment


Returned Servicemen’s League

Short Ton

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


Trans Australian Airlines


very high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)


vertical speed indicator


small hamburgers

XXXX bitter

Queensland lager-style beer


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.