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This one should be short.

I started the morning by walking up along the river, to the beach.

Back down the river


That's back the way I've just walked. There's the ferry, on the left, the light from the squirrel photos on the right in front of a big yellow building, the cement silos in front of Endeavour are almost in the middle. You can't quite see the black masts in the smaller photo. The city centre such as it is, is beyound and to the right of the yellow building.
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Shipkeeping involves sleeping on the ship overnight and getting up during the night for a period to make sure everything is as it should be. Sleeping in hammocks is optional, I assume, as we were asked if we wanted to.

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Wednesday morning I get up, pack up and check out of the hotel. Its a bit weird checking out when I've still got almost two days in Devonport.

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Now I go down to the final information position Mess Deck (Tables), which is on the opposite side to Mess Deck (Hammocks). Visitors come through from the fire hearth, stop here, and then go onto the hammocks. It was 4 pm, only one visitor came through while I was here.
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Lunch time! I dropped my vest, water bottle and cap in the sea chest nearest the fire hearth. (We'd been told to wear blue or white tops if possible and I only had two decent blue t-shirts. I took them and wore the navy blue one on the first day, which worked well while guiding, but. I wasn't quite keen enough to head into city wearing Lady Nelson on my t-shirt and HMB Endeavour on my cap :)

Lot of photos )
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After break, now I'm on my own, and on the Mess Deck (Hammocks). There are four flash cards here. Three tied together and, untangle, ah, the fourth one is the same as the first, but not tied on. That might not be so bad. A couple stop at this spot and I read through the first card. They know about lead lines & log lines, so I don't go over them again. They move on. I forgot about the cat. Bugger. Next time.

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The firehearth is the first stop once you go down the companionway. I think there should be something more interesting for the first stop. A visitor is impatient to see what's there and an stove, no matter what sort of stove, is not something you want to stop and look at right then.
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The guides that hadn't been on the Endeavour before had to show up at 8.30 am on their first day for a look over the ship. So I left the hotel at 8.15 (cream coloured building in the middle of the photo)
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Because I was preoccupied with packing, I had forgotten about the Wooden Boat Rally over the weekend at the Seaport. I had meant to go down to have a look at. Little enough happens in Launceston, yet I still manage to miss things. Also found out late on Sunday that Duyfken was there.

In the end I went down to the bus depot an hour early (4 pm instead of 5). Once I'd got rid of my bag, I walked over to Royal Park and then down through the Seaport to see if there was anything remaining at this late stage.

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So, Friday I go down to spend the day on the Lady Nelson.

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When I was kid, in the days after Christmas, in the space between shows on TV, there were always updates on the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Which are annoying when you're a kid and want your TV to start, but at the same time, wouldn't it be cool one year to see the end of it?

But of course, one doesn't drive all the way down to Hobart just to see some boats come in.

Then I moved to Hobart and I thought now I would get to see it! But no, I'd go up north for Christmas and stay for too long, or I'd have friends visiting. I got to go the aftermath -- Taste of Tasmania, when all the yachts were in -- which was good and fun but... One year, mum and I were listening to the race updates on the radio and the leader was about 3 hours out of Hobart. it occurred to us if we took me home NOW, we might get to see the leader come in. Not quite, we did see the second place come in, in the dark.

Then I came back north and live, and that was that. Although I managed to get down to the Taste the last two years.

So I'm looking at the sailing schedule for the Lady Nelson and there are harbour cruises every day during this week. I notice if I go down Thursday & stay overnight, I can get in a full day of harbour cruises & still catch buses home, as well as go to the Taste and isn't that about the time the yachts finish? They start Boxing Day. How long does it take the super maxis to do the trip? Two days? Three days? Late Thursday afternoon, they're predicting, or Thursday evening. This sounds good. Fingers crossed.

Lots of photos )

Now I better go to bed, so I can get up for a day of harbour cruises tomorrow. I've done these before, of course, so nothing exciting. Although, I did realise something, which the younger me watching the updates on TV so many years ago, wouldn't have believed.

Next post though.

Day 3

Apr. 23rd, 2006 11:34 pm
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Another write your own trip report. Too tired to add the words tonight. (Any volunteers?)

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Here are the photos for the first two days.

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Woke up (relatively) late. Got too hot during the night and the stupid sleeping bag kept moving out from under me. Found out later that some of the others had slept on deck. That would have been cooler.

Probably also explains why there were footsteps above me quite late into the night.
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I must have slept for a couple of hours. When I went back up on deck, it was bit different.
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Woke early the next morning, and rolled out of bed (literally). Didn't want to hit my head again. Hadn't slept too well though, with my bags on the bunk, there wasn't enough room to move my legs around. When I did sleep though, I slept well.

Quick dress and then up the ladder, to discover something I noted a few times. When you're below deck, it's difficult to know what's happening above. So I ducked back down and come up again with my coat on.


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At 6.30 pm, I arrived at Elizabeth Pier. We had to be there by 6.30, to prepare for departure at 7. I'd been up in the library killing time by reading books about writing that I wouldn't have wanted to pay for, so I came down a bit early.

The crew were already there, getting the ship ready. We'll differentiate here between the 8 men/women of the "crew", being the members of the Sail Training Assoc and the 10 trainee crew/passengers/visitors.

Cut because I don't like long entries in friends' list )

Mmmm

Oct. 31st, 2005 10:44 am
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Lovely is having a long, warm shower and washing your hair after two days at sea.

I guess a trip report if required now. When I get home tonight (although squirrels were wrong on one point).

The End

Feb. 7th, 2005 06:26 pm
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So, we're almost back in Strahan


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