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Day’s Run: July 18, 2015

REMARKS: We had a crazy busy day today and the crew did a fantastic job. Coming into Portland the Parade of Sails began around 1330. On board we had several local media personnel doing, among other things, live newscasts which also made working around them a little interesting. The parade itself went really well – we were not only surrounded by the other ships but also by hundreds of other boats in all shapes and sizes. At approx 1600 we docked then began to quickly clean up the ship in preparation for a reception that began at 1800. Two things kept us all sane today – one, the fact that if we all pulled together and got the work done as a huge unit of people the work would go much more quickly. Two, a crew members family had delivered a huge birthday cake for everyone to enjoy. Nothing will put smiles on the faces of hard working tall ship sailors faster than unexpected baked goods!

SHIP’S WORK: Spot painting bullworks.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 43°36.1’N /070°09.1’W
DAYS RUN: 57 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1687 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 12 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, CMGT VAR
WIND: South southeast, 3
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, overcast
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South by east, 3 feet
SAILS SET: Mains’l, fors’l, lower and upper top masts, t’gallants, outer jib, for topmast stays’l, spanker.

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Day’s Run – July 15, 2015

REMARKS: Here’s a first experience – everyone is on two different watches. During the morning we are all hands on the ship and in our sea watches for getting normal cleaning done and any ships work. After lunch we switch to land watches. At this point either port or starboard will be stood down to enjoy town until dinner while the other continues on with ships work. Once dinner is done the watches will switch again with whoever worked the afternoon free to explore. It sounds complicated but has been working very well – both for getting ships work done and for enjoying some free time.

SHIP’S WORK: Bent on topmast stays’l; loaded rope order; spot painted tropical blue; scraped and painted main engine stack and SAAB stack.

Awning hanging lesson

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 42°35.7’N /070°40.1’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1598.7 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: None – at anchor

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Day’s Run – July 14, 2015

On the way into Gloucester today the Captain took the ship through several tackings. This was a great experience for the new trainees, the whole crew in fact, because it gives us all the opportunity to use all of the skills and knowledge we have acquired during the voyage. The watches are given specific zones to work. By doing this the crew can also more clearly see the cause and effects of orders to sail handling to the end result of yards/sails moving. It is a practical lesson of the entire crew working together to make something happen.

SHIP’S WORK: Rust busted and reserved main t’gallant stay turn buckle; cleaned quarterdeck and skiff; spot painted tropical blue; repaired end of Monomoy boom.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 42°34.0’N /070°41.3’W
DAYS RUN: 63 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1596.2 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 85 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, 2.9 kts, CMGT VAR
WIND: Southeast, 4
WEATHER: Barometer 1004, overcast, drizzle
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: Southeast, 1
SAILS SET: Varied – tacking.

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Day’s Run – July 13, 2015

We are definitely seeing the signs of our moving ever steadily northwards. The nights are getting colder and the water we use for washing dishes is on the verge of numbing your fingers. Still, there were a billion stars to gaze upon last night and another beautiful sunrise this morning which certainly balances the scales. At 1430 today the Captain held a rigging workshop on the quarterdeck. He took us through the history of square riggers. With the aid of a whiteboard diagram he visually brought to life the history he was taking us through. Most of our crew having seen other tall ships at the festivals, could now see where in history where each vessel belonged.

SHIP’S WORK: Painted propane tanks; repaired cleat on Monomoy.

Mustering on the quarterdeck

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°47.8’N /069°47.6’W
DAYS RUN: 95 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1526.5 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 185 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North by west 1/2 west, 4.1 kts, CMGT 338
WIND: South southeast, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, overcast
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South southwest, 1
SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – July 12, 2015

The beautiful sound of sailing is not something that should be taken for granted. Too often there are electronic or motor noises drowning out what we all want to here to experience. When you can look out from the quarterdeck, see no land in sight and hear nothing but the ship slicing through the water you know that you are somewhere amazing. Today the Captain held a workshop on how to do short and long splices. He went through a demonstration then gave us all time, with the AB’s and experienced crew helping among us, to figure out how to do the splices ourselves. Kind of makes a cool souvenir straight from the ship.

SHIP’S WORK: Second coat of paint on propane tanks; spot painted small boats; oiled engine controls and steering box; replaced inner jib sheet port side; end for ended inner jib sheet starboard side; made fore royal buntline lizards.

Splicing

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 40°42.1’N /069°44.0’W
DAYS RUN: 80 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1428.9 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 280 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southeast by east 1/2 east, 3.4 kts, CMGT 093
WIND: West southwest,4
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, sunny, haze
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: West, 1
SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – July 11, 2015

REMARKS: Today we are heading out to sea. We were underway by approx 10am this morning, waving goodbye to the historic city of New Bedford. The winds, being fairly light, allowed us the time to have another complete run through of emergency drills. The more we practice, the cooler our heads will remain should an emergency occur. Right after lunch we broke into our sea watches again and will remain so until arriving in Gloucester in a few days. It’ll be nice to be back in the routine of being out to sea.

SHIP’S WORK: Repaired fore upper tops’l starboard headbolt; painted propane tanks; linseed oiled mizzen shrouds; replaced skiff belly gripe lashing; slushed headrig turnbacks.

Checking food and flare canisters

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°28.1’N /070°57.7’W
DAYS RUN: 13 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1347.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 360 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southwest by 1/4 south, 4.8 kts, CMGT 232
WIND: South, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, sunny
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South, 1
SAILS SET: Mains’l, main/fore upper and lower sails; fore topmast stays’l, outer and inner jib.

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Day’s Run – July 10, 2015

The museum was fantastic! Inside they built a half size whaling ship with incredible attention to detail. All of the exhibits in fact were very well laid out, informative and interactive. Even better were the hoards of school kids that visited the museum who were actually smiling and happy to be there. On the ship today the new trainees who opted to did their up and overs, everyone had a turn in the Monomoy and Donald fed us steak. Great day all around I’d say.

SHIP’S WORK: Spot painted topsides, waterline and bulwarks; oiled blocks on deck; work on fore upper topsail bolt rope repair; tarred rig fore t’gallant and main upper shrouds.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°37.9’N /070°54.9’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1334.3 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: Barometer 1018
SWELL HeIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: Spanker

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Day’s Run – July 9, 2015

Last minute change of plans today led us to New Bedford, MA instead of Martha’s Vineyard. We dropped the port anchor at just after 10am and commenced ship work and further training until 5pm. Tomorrow the Captain has arranged time for everyone to explore the whaling museum in town. In its heyday, New Bedford was one of the most important US towns and ports for the export of whale oil oversees. Sometimes we focus so much on tall ships that we fail to look up and see the other types of ships around us – both in the past and present. This is why when the opportunity arises, taking time out of our daily routine to visit such a museum is so important.

SHIP’S WORK: Replaced tire lanyards; monthly safety check; spot painted hull, waterline and topsides.

Joy in the strangest places

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°37.9’N /070°54.9’W
DAYS RUN: 80 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1334.3 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 220 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: Barometer 1020
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: None – anchored by 1016.

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Day’s Run – July 8, 2015

REMARKS: With 15 new trainees on board we have begun the orientation, safety/emergency drills and line handling lessons. Trying not to overload everyone is a difficult things as there is just so much to go over and become familiar with in a short amount of time. Everyone is doing a good job of listening to instructions and/or giving them. The silver lining in having very little wind at the moment is that we can all go through the sail handling at a pace other than frenzied. Good for learning though not so great for speedy sailing.

SHIP’S WORK: End for end main lower tops’lbuntline; mousings.

Raising the gaff

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°06.2’N /072°15.6’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 0 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, CMGT VAR
WIND: West southwest, 4
WEATHER: Overcast, barometer 1017.5
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: West northwest, 1
SAILS SET: All set omitting mains’l

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Day’s Run – July 7, 2015

Today is a transition day for us as we have crew signing off and new trainees signing on. This necessitates a flurry of activity to get our 15 new crew members sorted out in their personal spaces, shown the layout of the ship and oriented through safety training. Most importantly though, while still tied to the dock, the lesson of how to properly flush a marine head. Believe me, nobody, but nobody, wants to deal with the consequences of skipping that particular lesson!

Aldo, from Aldo’s in Greenport, you are a prince among men for letting me haul in 15 1kg bags of coffee this morning to grind up before we let go lines. Greenport Brewing, thank you too for donating a keg of beer to the soiree held on the Picton Castle for the tall ship crew members in port. Lastly, as I lick the butter off my fingers, thank you to the fishing vessel Illusion for the lobster dinner we thoroughly enjoyed tonight. From the Captain to the cat, we all heartily thank you!

SHIP’S WORK: Gaff went back up; bent on spanker.

Twenty minute lobster dinner

TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°06.0’N /072°21.6’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1250.1 nm
WEATHER: Humid, barometer 1022, cool breeze

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