The day started bright and early the voyage crew on LN 759 were all woken at 07.00 to pack their luggage in the hopes that flights would be able to take them from the Canaries back to snowbound Britain. After packing they had their final dose of happiness helping to get the ship look clean and tidy for the incoming voyage crew. At 08.15 they all went on deck for well deserved bacon butties by the main mast.
The big concern was, would people be able to fly home and the new voyage crew fly out. I managed to get a flight out from the UK on Sunday the 19th, other permanent crew Chris the mate and Rachael chief engineer and her Fiancé Regan were not so lucky. After a mad dash to get the ship ready for lunchtime it was time to start welcoming the incoming voyage crew. They all made it on board by around 19.30 which is earlier than usual to get them all on board. Indeed they managed to all get here before the delayed permanent crew who did not arrive until much later. Poor Marco chief engineer had to delay flying home, when we knew Rachael was delayed again to make sure that the ship was covered.
John Etheridge the captain did introductions with the permanent crew that were on board the rest got introduced on the morning of the 21st once they arrived. Jon the second mate had to assist with incoming voyage crew and do a quick safety brief to get people through the night. Alec second engineer had to give the engineers safety brief the rest was left till the following day. Other permanent crew on board Marcin as Boski, bosun’s mates Keith (Lash) Goforth, Regan Peggs and Kirsten Mackay.
In the galley department we have Alison as cook, Will as supernumerary cook and Mandy Cornwell as cooks assistant so we will be looked after and fed very well.
Medical Purser wise there is myself and I am extremely grateful that my luggage eventually arrived on the ship the thought of being for 10 days in temperatures in the mid 20’s in snow boots was not a pleasant one!!!