Endeavour: Adelaide to Port Lincoln, day 6

Furling the main course. Image: ANMM.

Furling the main course. Image: ANMM.

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.

Thursday 3 March 2016 

Wind South East Force 4 to 5

Day 6 activity began shortly after midnight as we maneuvered under sail amongst the various islands and rocks lying off Port Lincoln. For the voyage crew and supernumeraries in particular, it was an opportunity to understand the intricacies of navigation and the importance of light houses and beacons.

With the wind staying stubbornly in the south east, the decision was made by the captain the night before to use the secondary channel behind Boston Island. Thus arriving to the

south of this great fishing (and previously sailing ship) port, we were able to set a good spread of canvas for our arrival. Our honourable intentions were expressed, of course by the emptying of our guns in a display of flame, smoke and noise.  We arrived alongside as planned at 1000.

Whilst not our longest passage, we managed to extend the sailing miles out to almost 400. We made sure that every wind shift was used to advantage and other than the initial hours out of Adelaide, sailed the entire distance.  No wonder our voyage crew and supers looked like old shell backs.

-John Cowie, Steward 

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