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.
Tuesday 1 March 2016
At Sea, near the Spencer Gulf, sunny, low swell, wind.
The last 24 hours has seen a variety of conditions ranging from flat calm to about Force 4.
Overnight the topgallants were taken in as a safety precaution but by breakfast they were back up making it 13 sails to catch a promising sou’west breeze.
We’re now only about 40 miles from Port Lincoln but with the focus on getting in as much sailing as possible, our initial run up the Spencer Gulf was reversed to increase sea room and avoid the need to anchor before going in.
Voyage crew and supernumeraries are looking more and more like regular crew and there’s a atmosphere in their watches that says it all. I suspect that this group will produce more than their fair share of repeat offenders.
Wednesday 2 March 2016
In Spencer Gulf, Wind S/SW Force 5
Our last full day at sea with conditions again ranging from flat calm to Force 5.
Overnight the Endeavour passed into Spencer Gulf proper and wore ship several times.
There are always subtle hints that the last day at sea has arrived and this period has been no different. Group photos are taken on voyage and crew seek to do things that have eluded them. Volunteers to furl the Topgallants always exceed the places available on the yards.
This voyage has been especially memorable. Although we motored for several hours on the first day, we have managed to sail all the remaining miles. We could almost be charting the Australian South Coast in the style of Cook himself.
-John Cowie, Steward