NORTHPIC - Hubert Hofer

TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER

Known as the TSI this wooden cargo boat was one of four QLD Govt. vessels servicing the islands for many years before being decommisioned & all the crews laid off in the early 1990's when the Queensland Goss Labor Government abolished the Dept of Community Services (formerly DAIA).
I still recall sitting, sleeping & eating on dozens of 20 litre drums of petrol which completely covered the deck.
Photo taken in 1980 off Boigu with New Guinea in the background.

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