All the crew arrive in a timely manner and are greeted by their watch leaders on the wharf before the magnificent farewell ceremony commences. The ceremony involves guest speakers, a Navy band, traditional aborigine dancing, and Uncle Max presenting Captain Ross with a message stick. Uncle Max will then proceed in blessing the ship and her crew with a smoking ceremony for safe passage.
Once all crew are back on board we cast off the lines, fire the canon and are on our way. An entourage of ships come to greet us in the harbour to wish us well on our journey. No sooner have the lines been cast before all hands on deck, to prepare the ship for coming on to the mooring. Tonight we will spend the evening at Athol Bright as we have a busy day of training and ship familiarisation for the new crew. It is also bad luck to leave on a Friday, according to a traditional seafaring superstition.
This afternoon’s training involves going through the drill procedures such as man overboard, fire and abandon ship. The crew will then learn every nook and cranny on the ship in their guided tour before testing their heads for heights in going aloft. The final challenge will surely test the new crew’s knowledge and ability of knot tying and climbing – setting up their hammocks for sleepy time.