When this spot was first discovered by civilised folk, in fact by one Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, it was written that this was ""the most beautiful and safest harbour in all the world: all the ships of all the fleets can anchor here in safety.""
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It is enormous.
OK, I will be the first to say that Hobart is not a city blighted by skyscrapers. We do have some tallish buildings and it is hilly all around , but ships like that dwarf any large buidings we can boast. It is like having ten hotels arrive at once with a passenger and crew complement that exceeds most Tasmanian towns.
But it is more at home in our waters than where it came from. Built indoors and inland in Germany, it took a bit of getting out to sea.
Once out of its boathouse it had 33 kilometers of river to navigate before it found salt water. Getting it there took a lot of patience and tug boats. You might need some to watch the highlights. Patience, that is. Not tug boats.
All the ships of D'Entrecasteaux's day may have been able to get in and out easily but todays leviathans take a bit of care to turn and dock.
This century is already surpassing the age of the Big Liners that was thought to have been back in the 30's. 1930's that is. Even the Titanic would look small beside todays huge floating entertainment hubs.
When the Ovation and its fellow visiting cruise liners ready themselves for departure, their horns alert the city. As yet we here have not heard the most famous ships horn. One day perhaps.