Day 4 Gladstone – Townsville

Latitude; 22°37.9 S

Mark's thong fish

Longitude; 151°51.1 E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 62.6 NM

Average speed; 2.6kn

During lunch there is a call for the engineer, Mark as he has a fish on his line. We run up on deck and Mark starts pulling in his line with a beaming smile, it takes a couple of minutes to realise that there is something amiss. Mark’s face sinks when he sees that he hasn’t quite got the catch of the day. It looks as though Captain Ross is back to his old tricks; Mark pulls over his lure and attached to it is his thong. Coincidentally when Cook anchored off Great Keppel Island he was also unsuccessful in catching any fish, as he writes in his diary.

It is a beautiful afternoon, the sun is shining and the sea is still. It is not ideal sailing weather but there are no complaints, as we carry out our daily maintenance tasks. As the sun starts to set, the sky is a striking burnt orange and casts a pleasant ambience onboard. The sun is setting in the middle of two Islands and right on cue a line-up of crew with their cameras
ready to snap the picture perfect moment.

On deck at 2030 it is a pretty rare moment; you can see the Milky Way and Southern Cross so clearly it is spectacular. The sea is completely flat with not a single ripple, at the same time deep on the horizon you can see a squall with lightening casting eerie shadows from the clouds. You forget you are out at sea, it is more like being on a lake with the stillness. As you can
imagine this is all because there is a distinct lack of wind, we are officially becalmed.

The wind gradually starts to blow slightly at 2300 and we start making way, albeit slowly. During the night we have two containers pass closely by, when they pass the reason becomes clear as camera flashes go off from their bridge.

This morning brings fine weather and the wind has continued to strength during the night to 10 – 15 knots. I have a call this morning to come on deck for the ideal photo moment, when I get on deck there is Steve fast asleep with a chalk outline around him. I get a feeling that the crew are feeling a little mischievous this voyage.

Poor Steve is a victim

At 1100 all hand are called on deck for ship manoeuvre drills. Firstly we warm up by wearing ship a couple of times to get the crew used to their positions and line handling. We then attempt to tack which is when you bring the ships head to wind and across it, so as to bring the wind on the opposite side of the vessel. It is a tricky manoeuvre on a ship like
Endeavour, because of her size and scale. We take three attempts with no success, although we are very close on the third attempt.

All’s Well.

Kevin on the brace

4 thoughts on “Day 4 Gladstone – Townsville

  1. A big shoutout to my friend Chuck! Hope you haven’t been seasick. Looks fantastic sailing, so am looking forward to my leg in W.A.
    Enjoy
    Cheers Deb

  2. With the webcam down, has Captain Ross been plotting again?? We all had some fun on the Brisbane – Gladstone voyage!

  3. Hello to “Bouncey” & Nat, hope your new crew are not causing you as much grief as the last unruly mob! (Love & laughs to you both from the Mainmast crew)

  4. Methinks the demure C’tain Ross may not be the quiet gentleman he gives the impression of!!

    Happy sailing guys.

    John
    Brisbane Volunteer

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