Fremantle-Albany Day 2
Distance travelled: 15.4nm
Average Speed: 0.6 knots
Welcome again to HMB Endeavour’s web blog, at the present time we are on Day 2 of our voyage from Fremantle to Albany.
After the excitement in the morning of the 6th from the incredible farewell by the community of Perth, the voyage crew started settling into the ship that they would now call “home” for the next 7 days. After socialising with their watch members and getting to know each other, they had to get down to business and get to “know the ropes” so that they could all join in the fun of setting sails and lending a hand with the duties that are needed to be done on deck. During this time, Dirk, our Chief Officer explained their harnesses to them along with how to ascend and descend along the shrouds in a safe and easy manner.
Later in the afternoon a group of voyage crew stood around the helm while Captain Ross Mattson gave a quick talk on how the steering and navigation systems worked, including the radios and also the compass which he demonstrated *“deviation of a compass” by holding a radio close to the needle on the compass, causing it to spin and change direction.
After the afternoon of training for the safety side of the voyage, many of the new voyage crew took their time to wander through the ship, getting to know their way around before Endeavour anchored in Cockburn Sound just off Garden Island (HMAS Stirling).
On the morning of the 7th the crew awoke in their hammocks after a night of calm waters, it was time to get ready for a new day.
After breakfast the Captain gave the command to weigh anchor, so we could leave Cockburn Sound and start getting on our way.
Once we left Cockburn Sound the crew got the chance to try out their newly learned skills by setting their first sails…
*Deviation of a compass:
Deviation is an error of a magnetic compass caused by a ship’s own residual magnetism. If a ship had no residual magnetism, the needle of her magnetic compass would point directly towards the north magnetic pole, but as every modern (and not so modern) vessel has metal fittings which affect the compass, there is always some error.
Deviation varies according to the heading of the ship because as a ship changes course, the metal in her changes its position in relation to the compass as the ship swings around.