A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.
Sunday 28 February 2016
At sea, sunny, low swell, wind Force 4, SE.
Day 2 found the ship well on the way to Kangaroo Island with substantial miles under the belt. The crew were becoming familiar with the ship and to complete their education they were introduced to “Happy Hour” activities where all hands clean the ship. A clean ship is a happy ship!
Training and familiarity also meant that we were able to set nine sails, taking advantage of the sou’easter to push us towards Kangaroo Island and our rendezvous with One & All. We had lost sight of her yesterday afternoon but she appeared off our port beam mid-morning to confirm our anchorage for the night. With both ships again in company, we continued to enjoy the sailing.
Arriving at our anchorage at 1500 it was decided to drop the Stream Anchor as conditions were expected to remain calm during the night. For the few remaining hours of daylight we then welcomed many of the One and All crew and passengers across.
Monday 29 February 2016
At sea, sunny, 10-15 knot SE, low swell.
Early morning call at 0530 for sailing at 0600 and a new experience weighing anchor in the dark. Getting under sail shortly afterwards, we travelled west along the Kangaroo Island coast remaining a couple of miles offshore, 13 sails set. Interestingly, the Main Topsail was raised using the windlass, a welcome change after crew power.
Day 3 also saw the start of maritime lectures with the Second Officer giving an introduction to basic navigation in the Great Cabin.
Sunset found us becalmed and looking for wind. Are these the horse latitudes?
-John Cowie, Steward