Today we went ashore at Vansittart Bay and had a short hike to a crashed DC 3 aircraft. Later in the morning we motored a short distance across the bay to Jar Island where we had a look at some rock painting "galleries".
In the afternoon we commenced our 8 hour trip around Cape Voltare to Swift Bay. The wind was up and the seas were quite rough. Some of the passengers were sea sick and all of us were pleased to round the shelter of the Cape and return to calmer waters.
Crashed DC3This plane ran out of fuel and crash landed in Feb 42. The five people on board were all rescued safely. One engine was recovered and the rest of the plane has remained remarkably preserved over the ensuing 70+ years.
Jar IslandJar island was so named by the explorer Phillip Parker King for the Macassan pottery shards he found there.
We were told this pile of rocks is an aboriginal grave site where the bodies were buried for 18 months or so while the spirit finds its way. Then the bones are removed and incarcerated in a manner appropriate to the totem of the individual.
More paintingsFor me these are interesting as pointers to the cultures that created them, but I do not appreciate their 'artistic value'.
There are several rock painting galleries on the island and we visited three of the most accessible. In many cases one has to squat or even lie down to view the paintings.
Unidentified animalExperts cannot agree on what animal is represented here. I said it looks like a tapir, which could make sense if the paintings were done in truly ancient times by African visitors (one of the more fanciful theories). I don't think the guides took my suggestion seriously - ah well.