Times Gone By: Catalina flying boats a point of interest

August 5

1947: Interesting holiday - Mr E.G. Ogg, who has been holidaying at Gladstone from Stanthorpe recently, has just returned from a most enjoyable cruise around Masthead, Polmaise, Wistari, Tryon, Wilson, Nor West, Heron and other islands in the Capricorn Group.

At North Reef, the steel section of the old wreck of the "Cooma" with engine block and boilers was visible at low tide.

An interesting sight for him was the landing and taking off by the Catalina flying boats, which operate weekly between Brisbane and Heron.

Mr Ogg has had some 40 years experience on the reef, his first visit being as a young boy from Rockhampton.

Later he had used his launch "Madeline" to make regular runs from Gladstone until he left here in 1941.

He recalled his experience of about 12 years ago when a whale came up under his boat near Heron, causing it to capsize.

Successful week - A well-known member of the Greek community in Gladstone, cafe proprietor, Mr Theo Argery, has had a phenomenally successful week.

Commencing with a splendid win over his more fancied countryman, Mr Jack Comino, in the bowls singles series, he went fishing at South End where he landed a 50lb mackerel.

To cap it off he was successful in the casket drawn this week, third prize in a syndicate comprising himself and Mr Spiro Corones.



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