2.23.16 - 2.23.16 90 °F
We've worked our way up the east coast of Australia and turned west, at the "Top End". Our port today is supposed to be Thursday Island. And it is Tuesday! (Ha, Ha!) Of course, back home it is Monday - and I'm actually writing this on Wednesday!
I say "supposed to be" because we had to skip the port. Island boats tried valiantly for an hour to come alongside safely. Finally, our Captain deemed it unsafe for guests to transfer from the tender platform to the ferries and so, cancelled the visit.
We had been advised that the current here, in the Torres Strait, is very strong. It separates Thursday Island from Papua, New Guinea by about 100 miles.
The little island lies just 24 miles northwest of Australia's Cape York.
Thursday Island was important in World War 2 as it was Australia's defense center. Before that, it was once one of the world's great pearling stations. So - today became a day at sea as we steam full ahead to Darwin, our final port in remarkable Australia.