Added to this, wind gusts of up to 50 kph are expected.
I decided not to go riding today.
By 9:30 am, however, it didn't seem too bad, and, noticing that the river tide was at a low then, I decided to have a little ride out to photograph the convict fence.
I searched my picture collection to see if I had any pics of this place, and this one is the only one I could find. Mason's Landing is now a park and the pic shows Flem playing there about 4 years ago.
However, as the Canning was also very shallow even in those days, sometimes the barges were stuck on the mud and sand banks, leading to financial loss for the timber suppliers.
The solution was this fence which was built by convict labour.
The idea was for the convicts to dredge the centre of the river by hand and throw the silt over the fence, thereby creating a deeper channel for the barges.
There were a few little jetties on the river and I went on them to search out vantage points to photograph the fence.
The manual dredging had limited success. A paddle steamer was later used to dredge the river and this appeared to be more successful.
An interesting and detailed history (with pictures of the wood cutting and transportation) can be found here.
A very interesting though long video of the timber industry in WA in the 1920s can be found here.