Monday, October 12th, 2015
Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Weather: Overcast, cool wind, H 18c L 10c, barometer 1013
The crew donned immersion suits for the first time this voyage. For many, this was the first time putting them on at all and such an occasion always gets a few laughs originating from the really snug wrist cuffs. Usually it is harder to free yourself so people with large wrists and hands often need help extracting their limb. Donning this piece of gear and learning how to do it quickly and efficiently is an important step in crew safety. These suits are solely designed to help keep us alive should we have to abandon the ship so it behooves us to know how to quickly put them on. Going along hand in hand with this, we also did a full run through of emergency drills: fire, man overboard and prepare to abandon ship.
Preparedness is key.
Ships Work: Stowed cargo (books) in the ship’s cargo hold; moved the old jibboom from the Dory Shop to the warehouse and stowed it properly; moved small wooden boat Sydney into the warehouse for winter; continued painting chain plates; top coat yard gates; first coat of varnish/linseed on fore t’gallant mast; continued headstay seizings (turnbacks). Engine room: installed the fuel lines between the pumps and injectors; topped up the coolant; bled the fuel lines; port lister on line; filled oil into main engine tank and gear box.