The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling ship Bob Barker enters Yamba port with the assistance of Yamba’s pilot boat the Francis Freeburn on Saturday morning.
The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling ship Bob Barker enters Yamba port with the assistance of Yamba’s pilot boat the Francis Freeburn on Saturday morning. Debrah Novak

Anti-whaler slips in for facelift

AFTER checking the depth of the Clarence River, the Yamba pilot boat, Francis Freeburn, headed out to sea to pick up one of the

Sea Shepherd Conservation

Society's flagships, the MY Bob Barker.

The low half-metre high tide at the Clarence Heads made navigating the calm waters a non-event as the 801-tonne vessel crossed the Yamba bar.

The stealth-looking Bob Barker has been in action for the Sea Shepherd as an anti-whaling

vessel and has been involved in a number of incidents with the Japanese whaling fleet.

The Bob Barker was due to dock at the Harwood Slipway on Saturday afternoon, but due to the low tide in the Clarence will have to moor at the Goodwood Island Security Wharf until the tides become suitable for it to be moved to the slipway.

The captain of the Gojira (Godzilla), Bob Barker's sister ship, said: “The ship will be at the

Harwood Island Slipway for a couple of weeks.

“The ship has been booked in for a paint job.”

The MY Steve Irwin recently underwent a makeover with the new colour scheme now resemb-

ling a military vessel which the Bob Barker will replicate.



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