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‘Memorable’ farewell for Aurora Australis

Hobart’s Antarctic Festival in August will be especially ‘memorable’ as it will also be the final farewell for icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis. The distinct red ship has been a popular sight on Hobart’s waterfront for years. And to say goodbye in style, people are being asked to tell their ‘most memorable stories’ about the polar icebreaker. Festival Chairman, David Jensen said: “There are hundreds of expeditioners who have journeyed south on the Aurora Australis, and we are asking them to share with the world their memories of the ‘AA’ in the lead-up to the festival.” Organisers are also interested hearing from members of the public, who for example, may have waved the ship off at the docks on one of its many voyages. Prizes for best stories are exclusive passes to tour the ship during the Antarctic Festival. The Aurora Australis is to be replaced by new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, currently under construction in Holland and due for delivery in 2020. The Antarctic Festival will be held at Hobart’s Princes Wharf from August 2-5. For competition details visit www.antarcticfestival.com.au

12 June 2018, Edition 195

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