0230 Monday 31st May - Sea of Marmara, Turkey - and we have been on watch for a couple of hours with tea and delicious salty biscuits given to us by Adem, a Turkish visually inpaired gem of a shipmate, who embarked at Istanbul. We have huge tankers to port which our watch are keeping a sweaty eye on. The moon is high in a misty sky with light drifting clouds above the rising dawn and we describe this to Adem periodically. We can see the Plough and Polaris on our starboard beam and Dave has just given our watch an excellent briefing on the chartroom technology from the chart itself to the
2 radars and the communications systems. Information is that the Dardenelles are closed until 0930 tomorrow morning, so we may be slowing down in due course. Tomorrow we will be thinking of the 200,000 British, Australians, New Zealanders and others who died in and around these waters in the Gallipoli Campaign.
Cynny, After Port Watch