Most of us probably remember it as the time when the Pasha Bulker ran itself aground on Nobby’s Beach. On 8th June 2007, while most people had probably been planning for a relaxing long weekend, the weather had other plans for us, taking a turn for the worst. For the next 36 hours, the Hunter Region and Central Coast were hit with the worst series of storms ever seen in NSW for the past 30 years. As winds hit 135 and 124 kilometres per hour, over 105,000 homes were left without power and over 300mm of rain fell in the Hunter region. The result was extensive flooding right across the regions, with many homes destroyed and various areas declared natural disaster zones. The city centre shut down as flooding made it impossible to go anywhere, the Maitland levy saw it’s limits truly pushed and, most iconicly, the Pasha Bulker found itself stuck on Nobby’s Beach after it failed to heed warnings to travel further offshore. While there were fears for days that the ship’s hull would break apart and cause further issues, it was able to be serviced for minor damage, before eventually leaving our shores and heading back to Asia for major repairs.