The Muloobinbah floating dock has been a looming presence in Newcastle Harbour since 1978, the year I began teaching after leaving Newcastle at the end of 1977. The Newcastle Herald reported its arrival in Newcastle.
Named for the harbour in which it spent its working life, today, the dock departed: heading for a new job in South Africa.
Like so many things, getting used to the fact that something familiar isn’t going to be around any more is a disruptive process.
For me, having the time and opportunity to bid farewell, at the end of the year in which my career finished, was a poignant time.
Here’s my record of the event, with a bit of homemade Otis Redding thrown in for effect.