We are just about to sail off the anchor from Scarborough , where we have had an enjoyable two nights, sheltering from the storm. On Monday night we were very happy to be tucked in here, and yesterday morning even more so! Happily the front passed through , allowing doti boats to be run ashore by 14.00. This meant plenty of preparation – oilskins , handbags in bin liners , and ofcourse , waterproof mascara ! All worth it , to see Scarborough in the sun and to visit the Leeds
Arms , as so many of us had read of it in Fred The Fish’s books. It
is a lovely pub , with the Author himself in attendance , and lots of photos of bygone days lining the walls. Worth a visit if you are in the area. Thanks Fred for the prompt delivery of signed copies of Ebbing Tide for thoses that had ordered them yesterday , they are already well into them at every chance.
We had a spot of retail therapy prior to shore leave , so Lord Nelson was well advertised by the voyage crew, in their drill shirts, gilets and polos. We also featured on the local news , as a backdrop for a news story featuring a ferry the night before . So we are trying our best to continue raising our profile !
Captain Neil , Caz, Richard and Jon ran the boats in and out , with Capt Neil doing a continuous ferry service to get us all back onboard before dusk. Everyone ate ashore , mainly fish 'n’chips , and had had a good time . There were plenty of joke shops , pound shops and amusement arcades – an old fashioned seaside day out !
Once we’d washed the spray from our faces and de tangled hairstyles , it was time for a Watch quiz in the bar . Mate Jon led the proceedings with great style , and had the unenviable job of awarding and deducting half points here and there ! There were some very tricky questions – David has amazing sports knowledge and his watch did really well on their questions ! The Permanent Crew held their own and came a respectable third ! The winners were … drum roll…. Aft Port led by WL John …….HOWEVER…he tells me it is being disputed this morning !!
No hard feelings then !
Chips the engineer has had a fishing team with him many an evening on the stern platform , and we have enjoyed the resulting fresh mackerel for breakfast , or for lunch today. He is trying to get a crab of edible dimensions still , and thought that his luck had changed this morning as he raised his pot …….. there was a… sizeable … very red …crab in the seaweed ….. shame it was plastic !! Those joke shops were fun !
So , the yards are being braced and the leaving checks are completed , and we are ready to sail . Cookie and John are preparing lunch… The voyage photograph will be taken at sea and a weather talk is scheduled in , so another active day ahead.
Great Yarmouth here we come !
Got up had breakfast had watch meeting to tell the voyage crew what is happening to day. We left Scarbrough, lifted the anchor. I went up to untie the sails what were in a seastow.
We had the voyage crew photo and the chief engineer nearly kicked the ships camera off the bridge roof , but she got into the photo in time !
Not yet happy hour, clean the ships at 16:00 when I am on watch.
David Marsden Forward Port