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Around the World with Captain Mercer: Ball’s Pyramid

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012:

It’s our last day at sea before Sydney, Australia. Yesterday was full of social functions: a lunch, two cocktail parties and a dinner in the King’s Room. Our clocks went back, (again) too, we are now on GMT +11 hours. I made a slight diversion from our intended course today. We were due to pass reasonably close to the Lord Howe Islands, a marine sanctuary and a World Heritage site.

Apart from the island itself, there is the world’s largest volcanic ‘stack’, jutting out of the water to the south of Lord Howe island itself. This ‘rock’ is called Ball’s Pyramid, named after the Lieutenant who first sighted it in 1788; its description and photos were too tempting to miss. It is a remnant of a ‘shield’ volcano and caldera. It is 1,844 feet, or 562 metres high, but what makes it even more awesome is that it is only 1,100 metres, or 3,600 feet wide at its base. It is therefore its sheer, precipitous sides that make it so spectacular. It was a worthwhile diversion, the weather was glorious and the Pyramid more than lived up to its expectations. A sight few have seen and one for the bucket list!

Ball's Pyramid from south-west

Ball's Pyramid from the southwest.

Ball's Pyramid

Ball's Pyramid.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island.

  • Kelly Koper

    I can see why Flecher Christian & his band of mutineers didn’t chose those islands over Pitcairn!

  • Betty Gilmore

    This is beautiful. Thank you for posting this. For those of us who do not have the funds for a world cruise.
    I may start a list of things I was glad to see on line I did not know existed.

  • Carine Axelius

    I´m looking forward to have my dad home and to hear of this wonderful cruise. He has been with you since ft lauderdale. It has been great for us at home following this blog during his cruise. Thankyou!

  • Scott Lara

    Wow is all I can say!

    Scott Lara
    @scottlara1961 on Twitter

  • H. Kirchner

    Spectacular, thanks for sharing…

  • debbie Hitchcock

    I beleive Marie Risch is on board for the Grand Voyages, We met her on HAL in November. WONDERFUL lady. Please say hello to her from David and Debbie Hitchcock if you happen to run into her. One of the most interesting woman you could ever meet in your life.

  • Denise Coburn

    just found this blog so great to see it
    I have a client sailing with you — say hello to George McLaren for me

  • Betty Stone

    Wow! Wish I could have seen it in person. Looking forward to trip – joining in Mombai.

  • Bob Allan

    Thanks for visiting Ball’s Pyramid. It shows that a letter to the captain can make a change.

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