Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Port Lincoln in South Australia named after Lincolnshire in England

Port Lincoln, a fishing village and prosperous community at the coast of South Australia, is known today for its tuna companies involved in off-shore farming of southern bluefin tuna (see chapter one in [1]). The name of this town (or still village?) is derived from the name of a county in the east of England, Lincolnshire [1]:
Port Lincoln is situated on one of the world's largest protected natural harbors, encompassing Boston Bay, which covers an area more than three times the size of Sydney Harbor. It was discovered by Matthew Flinders under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia's unexplored coastline in the ship Investigator. Dropping anchor in Boston Bay in February 1802, Flinders named the spot Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England. Initially considered as the alternative site for the state capital of South Australia, Port Lincoln was rejected in favor of Adelaide because Lincoln lacked an adequate fresh water supply. [...] Now the home of Australia's largest commercial fishing fleet, Port Lincoln has a thriving tuna-farming industry, but also aquaculture farms for kingfish, abalone, mussels, oysters, and experimentally, sea horses and lobsters.
[1] Richard Ellis:
Tuna • Love, Death and Mercury. First Vintage Books Edition, July 2009; page 18.

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