Fremantle-Albany Day 5

Fremantle-Albany Day 5

Latitude: 33⁰40.4’S

Longitude: 114⁰28.6’E

Distance travelled: 100NM

Average speed: 4.2 knots

Hello! And welcome to Day 5 of the Fremantle to Albany voyage. As said in the previous blog, once the engines were started on board, a few of the voyage crew started to turn again but no-one got too bad and soon they were all feeling quite alright. Once the crew had settled into motoring mode, a lot of them quite happily sat up on deck and watched the waves and just relaxed, some with books (though they got a little bit wet with spray) and some of the crew found a crate of little bits of rope and were sitting on the quarterdeck learning how to tie different knots and some even learnt how to do an eye splice.

After dinner was called and the sun started to set, the majority of the crew took up the opportunity to sling their hammocks and get to bed early for some well needed shut-eye. The past few days of adjusting to sea life has taken a bit of a toll on the crew but despite the lack of sleep and out of ordinary working hours, all of the crew are still happy to sit and chat and keen to work the next day.

During the night whilst Main Mast watch were doing there watch for the night, a ship was recognised from its *AIS number down in the Nav. Room and as we soon found out, we were not the only tall ship in these waters for the night. At approximately 0300 hours one of our voyage crew Gavin, spotted two lights, red above green, on the horizon just off Endeavours port bow… they soon discovered that the ship was in fact the Leeuwin II, under full sail on a voyage of her own.

On the morning of the 10th after a long night of rough seas there was a fair bit of water below decks where the waves had smashed and sprayed water down the companion ways, the big mop up was soon underway.

Once the Endeavour was back in “ship shape” the crew have now settled down again either on deck or in the 18th century deck.

One of our Upperyardies, Mark showing off his skills and entertaining the voyage crew..

At about 1000 hours this morning in the 18th century deck, a small group of people were sitting around one of our Upperyardies Mark who had brought his guitar along and they were having their own little sing-a-long session. After a short while one of our voyage crew was handed the guitar and the singing continued to the delight of a few resting voyage crew on the same deck.

Also at 1100 hours this morning, a group of the voyage crew gathered on the Quarter deck to sit and listen to a lecture by Captain Ross about the sails and wind effects on a vessel, many seemed very interested and all seemed to be rid of their sea sickness and definitely chirpy.

Ross during his lecture on the Quarter deck

All is well.

*Automatic Identification System