Week 25 – fishing harbour

Week 25 – Saturday 17 November to Friday 23 November 2012

Williamstown private fishing harbour

Photo by John Grieve

At the end of Bayview St, between the Williamstown swimming beach and Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, is this private fishing harbour. It’s a world unto its own. A step back in time.

‘I’m always taken by the solitariness of the place, especially during the week,’ says Willy Dolphin John Grieve, who pedals past regularly on his way to his morning dip. ‘It’s places like this that make a city, that  give a city its character.’

Williamstown fishing harbour

Photo by John Grieve

You don’t see many people here but you’ll see plenty of pelicans when the boats come in.  And a few weeks ago a seal was lolling about on its back.

Boats at fishing harbour

Photo by John Grieve

Who built the harbour? And when? And how did they get around local council by-laws? 365 Swims might need to visit the local history society. Or chat to some old salts.

Fishing village painting by John Percival

Gannets diving, painting by John Perceval

On the bike path between the fishing harbour and Wiliamstown High School’s Bayview St campus is this re-production of a painting by noted Australian artist John Perceval. The painting, the Hobsons Bay history marker tells us,  is one of a series of seascapes Perceval painted in Williamstown in 1956-57. He painted another Williamstown series ten years later.

John Grieve, who kindly took the three fishing harbour photographs, gets down to the beach very early for his daily dip. Then he heads off, more often than not, to play croquet. In the winter he barracks for Williamstown, from the Morris St ticket-box half-forward-flank.

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