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30/10/12 - Tenacious
Top of the morning to you all, from voyage TNS358, in Belfast.
The eager new crew members joined the ship from afar (USA included!) between 1600-1800 yesterday, and were soon trying on their wet weather gear under the supervision of BMs Godfrey, Jules and Ali, who were very competitive with size guessing!
Once all had signed on and stuck their name badges on, it was time for introduction to the permanent crew…Capt Simon, Mate Richard, 2nd Mate Ollie, Bosun Axel, Engineers Pete, Mick and Alan, Cookie Graham and assistant Sam…..never forgetting Cadet Aled!
We moved swiftly on to an excellent roast pork dinner, with all the trimmings and fresh fruit salad to complete the meal.The messmen swung into action and the galley was soon spick and span again. The Watch Leaders then made sure their teams knew the plan for the night, and free time was enjoyed by all… an early night for many!
The voyage crew are a good age mix, from 16yrs to over 80, so plenty of chatting and laughter going on, even over breakfast.
The essential full briefings were given this morning, and the first evacuation drill went well. So we hope that by 14.00 we will be ready to leave Belfast and plan to go to anchor near Bangor tonight, to take shelter from the forecasted winds.
All for now, Jane (Medical Purser)