Captain's Log

Archive for October, 2015

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Departure Set for Saturday October 31 at 10:00am

All are welcome to join us on the Lunenburg waterfront this coming Saturday morning to see the ship off on her Transatlantic Voyage.

Trainees arrived in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada for the start of the voyage on October 1. Since then, they’ve been busy with training, orientation and preparation for their first Transatlantic passage.

On Saturday, the ship and crew will get underway for a passage to the Azores, then on to Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal, Cape Verde, the Caribbean and Bermuda, returning to Lunenburg in April 2016.

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Day’s Run – 26 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Clear sky, H 11c L -1c, barometer 1024

During the muster following this afternoons prepare to abandon ship drill, the Captain stressed the importance of donning the immersion suits quickly, and helping shipmates to do the same. Once this is done any other assigned tasks can be completed.

The continued sail training drills have given the crew plenty of opportunity to practice and hone their stowing skills. Each time crew line a yard they learn and/or remember more about the proper techniques making them more efficient. This base line knowledge will give everyone a huge leg up when stowing sail for the first time while out to sea.

26 Oct 1 optimized

26 Oct 2 optimized

26 Oct 3 optimized

Ship’s Work: Clean and stow ship; install WTD gaskets, aft ship; rust bust scuttle hatch aft edge; replace gaskets aloft; mousing round on fore mast; coatings on new welds; re-tension fore royal pole; oil mizzen pole.

Training: Comms training with Captain, 2nd and 3rd officers; sail drill, all hands 4-8 fwd, 8-12 midships, 12-4 aft; emergency drills with sails set, inc fire and prepare to abandon ship drill.

Engine room: electrical hookup for new air compressor motor; replace main bearings in air compressor.

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Day’s Run – 25 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Overcast, warm, H 14c L 6c, barometer 1021

Daily Log: While docked, Sunday is the day for the off watch crew to spread out through the town, getting errands done or just enjoying some quiet time alone. As our departure date draws ever closer most people will also be completing a little provisioning – stashing away enough pop and snacks to see them across the North Atlantic Ocean. A favourite snack can go along way to taking the sting out of the sudden and complete absence of WiFi signals. It can go even further when after a full day of sailing, learning and maintaining the ship a food craving is easily satisfied!

25 Oct 4 optimized

25 Oct two optimized

Engine Room: installed new mounting bracket; mounted new electric motor.

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Day’s Run – 24 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Overcast, H 9c L 7c, barometer 1029

Primarily focusing on cleaning up the dock and warehouse, so many little tasks were completed today. The crew worked fast and furious to get everything done in order to grab hold of the dangling carrot – a few extra hours off. And successful they were! By just after 15:30 those who were not on watch were dispersing through the town, spending an evening enjoying internet connections, good food and hot chocolates.

24 Oct 3 optimized

24 Oct two optimized

Ship’s Work: Load ship; clean warehouse and dock; welding work by Ocean Marine; continue to oil chain; prime new welds; epoxy resin propane tanks.

Engine Room: Final removal of old air compressor motor; removed old bracket of DC motor to make way for the new one.

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Day’s Run – 23 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Clear sky, cool light wind, H 12c L 4c, barometer 1024

Training is the focus for today. In order to free up the afternoon we finished off a few projects this morning, chowed down some lunch then got ready to exercise our brains. Each watch rotated through four stations, these being setting and taking in sail on the spanker, doing the same on the main topmast stays’l and heads’ls and taking a turn locating lines to fill out pin rail diagrams. The final station, mock sail setting of square sails, proved to be a great way to see how much knowledge the crew are retaining from previous practices. Every time a training session is held the crew knows more than they did the time before. They are retaining more information which results in gaining confidence in their abilities to respond correctly to the orders given. What was especially stressed today is the absolute necessity and importance of repeating commands back to who issued them. This step assures the Captain, Mate and/or Lead Seaman that a command was heard, understood and is being attended to. Yes, at the beginning we may feel a little silly loudly repeating commands we only partially understand. But this is a vital part safely and efficiently sailing a tall ship.

23 Oct 1 optimized

23 Oct 2 optimized

23 Oct 3 optimized

23 Oct 4 optimized

Ship’s Work: Bent on the fore t’gallant; installed main t’gallant sheets; made new painters for Monomoy; seize head rig net.

Training: all hands training in rotation – spanker, main topmast stays’l and jibs, pin rail diagram and mock sail setting of square sails.

Engine room: Charged batteries, continued removal of old DC air compressor supply run.

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Day’s Run – 22 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Overcast, H 13c L 6c, barometer 1019

The ‘to do’ list was long and plentiful today and we accomplished everything that was noted down. It does a body good to see so many check marks on one piece of paper. From crossing the t’gallant yard on the fore, to prepping and loading ship projects to be completed while underway, to trying to row in unison (much harder than it looks) there was plenty to keep the entire crew busy and engaged.

22 Oct 5 optimized

22 Oct two

22 Oct 1 optimized

Ship’s Work: Sent up fore t’gallant yard; installed spanker boom; loaded Karl and Sea Never Dry; stowed hold and sole; run rig on fore for t’gallant and royal yards; continue to clean and oil anchor chain; rust busted focs’l head round; continue to tune headrig.

Training: row training for 4-8 in Monomoy with Chief Mate and Lead Seaman; loading with stay, yard and mast tackles.

Engine room: Charge batteries in the morning and evening; installed piping for new bilge pump; attempted to start starboard lister; cleaned out starboard lister start air line; removed air start handle on starboard lister for service.

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Day’s Run – 21 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Partly cloudy, cool, H 9c L 4c, barometer 1014

Daily Log: Today’s first lesson arrived at our morning muster, directly after breakfast. The Captain spoke about the importance of continually checking the lines when it’s raining and putting slack in them whenever necessary. When wet, the manila lines tighten up significantly. If they are not slacked the lines themselves can snap or, worse, the t’gallant and royal yards can actually be bowed out of shape. Now that the ship has almost every sail bent on, the focus to her lines must be sharpened. If crew members are unsure of what lines to attend to, a lesson is certainly in order. It may sound cliche, but while we are out to sea the ship will take care of us as long as we take care of her.

21 Oct two

21 Oct 1 optimized

Ship’s Work: Load topmast blank; prime focs’l head eagle; continue to oil chain; prime headrig seizings; load ship and stow for sea.

Training: short weather lesson regarding frontal passage and associated weather.

Engine room: removed old DC start box; clean and organize engine room.

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Day’s Run – 20 October 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Overcast, H 14c L 6c, barometer 1020

20 Oct 1 optimized

How can a day possibly go wrong when the first thing you see is a stunning sunrise to the west and a double rainbow to the east?! What was even more amazing is that we had the double rainbow before there was any rain and the rain before there was anything more than wispy clouds overhead. Sail training continued today along with some added information regarding weather. As the ship gets ever closer to being underway new topics will be introduced to the crew. While line handling and safety drills remain the focus, the process of layering in relevant information, such as weather, navigation, helming, has begun.

20 Oct 2 and 3

20 Oct 4 and 5 optimized

Ship’s Work: Replaced spanker brails; installed fish tackle pennants; correct foul leads on gear in rig; tighten fore topmast backstays, main t’gallant and royal backstays and main royal headstays; bottom paint on rescue skiff; load ship.

Training: 8-12 on fore, 12-4 on main set/strike/brace; all hands manoeuvring 4-8 fwd, 8-12 midships, 12-4 aft; fire drill with fire pump; weather lecture by Chief Mate.

Engine room: removed old 110 DC compressor motor; ran new bilge pump; ran chain driven file pump; continued laying in supplies.

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Day’s Run – 19 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Frost, cold breeze, H 11c L -2c, barometer 1027

Another layer of safety training was introduced to the crew this afternoon. During the walk though of the heavy weather drill the Chief Mate taught the crew about where the nets, safety lines and typhoon zip lines are stowed and how to rig them up correctly. She explained too, in what circumstances this safety equipment would be used and how best to navigate yourself across the ship when everything is rigged up. As with all other safety procedures, the heavy weather drill will be practiced again to insure the crew is gaining knowledge and efficiency each time it is held.

On a separate though related topic, at breakfast muster the Captain answered an important question stemming from the colder temperatures – “Can we wear gloves while aloft?”. The answer was “No” and the reasoning explained as follows, “If you are aloft you must be able to feel what you are doing with your hands. If you cannot feel your hands you should lay the deck. Gloves give a false sense of how cold your hands actually are and this is an unacceptable safety risk. If your hands are that cold, lay the deck. It is safer for you, it is safer for the ship and it is always the correct action for you to take”. It is very important that crew members are honest with themselves about their physical capabilities while aloft. Equally everyone needs to fully comprehend that should, for whatever reason, they feel any kind of limitation with regards to going or being aloft, voicing this to a Lead Seaman, Mate or Captain is far more acceptable than trying to push beyond endurance.

19 Oct 5 optimized

19 Oct 4 optimized

19 Oct 3 optimized

Ship’s Work: Spanker gaff back up; bend on spanker B; coat spanker boom with thin primer then buff; heads’ls, main topmast stays’l and spanker triced up; wedged t’gallant mast on the fore; rig mast rope on fore; paint the Skiff and Karl; dry sail; load new freezers in hold; headrig net lashings; bend on inner jib, outer jib and main t’gallant; replace port main lower inner bunt. Training: heavy weather drills; sail drill on the fore with the 8-12. Engine room: installed new 12volt alternator on port gen set; installed new bilge pump; ran port gen set to charge 110 volt DC system; ran fire pump; person from Baileys Fuel on ship to install brain box in new water heater.

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Day’s Run – 18 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Weather: Sunny, cool, H 10c L 4c, barometer 1020

Today the crew enjoyed what may be their last day off while docked in Lunenburg Harbour. With departure moving ever closer, there was the obligatory mad dash to get laundry done. A big thanks to the folks at The Water Market, who kindly delayed switching to winter hours for one more week! The on watch crew rotated half on duty in the morning and half in the afternoon to also be able to enjoy a little free time in town during the day.

18 Oct optimized

Ship’s Work: Moved spanker boom from the Dory Shop to the bay in the warehouse; new wire splice on fore t’gallant halyard runner.

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