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The Rock-itt : February 2011
HOBART TO HOLLYWOOD At this point in time it's 1930 and Errol Flynn and the crew are onboard Errol's yacht, Sirocco which is moored in the Brisbane River. Now if you are familiar with the life of Errol Flynn you will know he became one of the great romantics of the twentieth century and regarded as one of the most handsome men ever to take breath, which you will read about further down the road in our serial. But during this voyage to New Guinea it was not Errol but crewman Rex Long-Innes who caught the eye of the fairer sex. Errol and the crew had moored right opposite the Brisbane Ladies Rowing Club boatshed and as always Rex took the initiative by rowing over and making himself known to the ladies of the club. It so happens that with the use of his silver tongue he persuaded them to take him on as their trainer. The girls agreed and at the same time eyeing off his real Aussie boy looks, then with utter delight allowed Rex to oversee their training. He would spend great lengths of time as their coxen barking instructions as the girls pulled their oars following his orders. One day Rex decided to have the girls over to tea and meet the rest of Sirocco's crew who had only seen the ladies in the boats from a distance. But when they climbed on board, Errol and the others were shocked at the sheer size of these somewhat over sized females. Compared to the men, the girls measured up with more superior physiques, having built themselves up rowing up and down the Brisbane River day in and day out. It was almost embarrassing to Errol and the lads as they felt puny, as the girls shoulders, pectorals and biceps would certainly have been admired were they carried by a man. But Rex was in his glory and the girls idolised him, obeying his every command. However, there was one occasion when he took one of the young ladies to the pictures. On returning to the Sirocco late that night he greeted the crew with bruises and abrasions, clearly visible on his face and body. After finally being coaxed into telling the story how he had come by them, he apparently had tried to take certain liberties of his female companion who had apparently taken offence giving him a good dusting down for his troubles. When the lamp was turned off that night in the dark and quiet cabin a snigger was heard coming from the direction of Trelawney's bunk.....what goes around comes around I guess. The time in Brisbane passed pleasantly. Rex maintained his prominence with the girls at the rowing club and spent most of his time with them while Errol, Trelawney and Charlie prepared Sirocco for the trip further north. As luck would have it, Trelawney received some money from home which he instantly contributed towards a new jib, the original being The Sirocco in full sail