Man overboard!

News on the main page – a crewman is reported overboard on 26 Apr 2007!

The drills worked – note that new crew had come aboard at Nice – the deckhand immediately shouts “Man overboard!” A lifebouy is thrown out, sails are taken in and the ship turned around. The MOB raft is launched and reaches the deckhand in a minute; she is safe. Well done everyone!

Earlier in the Captain’s log, Peter Kaaling writes that the ship had arrived at Nice in grand style,

“…we “sailed” along the beach and Promenade des Anglais. The spanker was set, but there was no wind to fill it. It looked impressive anyway. There is enough depth here, so I went in really close. Later on people who had been sitting on the beach told me that it had really been a formidable sight.

We later on also learned that the mayor had been giving a speech about the Götheborg in the afternoon. He had stood by a window with his back to the sea. Just as he is talking, the ship appears outside.”

But the bit I liked the best, that reminds me of the man so well:

“…In the afternoon I was down on the quay and was asked whether it was free admittance for children. Yes, I said. Could you then show the children around, we cannot afford going aboard! And a little boy and a little girl of about 4-5 years were ushered up to me.

Well, it was just taking them by the hand and lead them around. I was speaking Swedish and they were speaking French, but as usual with children, it worked very well. Children have a marvellous ability to understand, even if they do not know the words. It is part of their development, I suppose.

Having seen with big eyes the guns and the wheel and jumped from sundeck to quarterdeck, I handed them back to their parents, waiting on the quay.”

Having left Nice on 24 Apr 2007, the Götheborg is now on leg 10 of a 11 leg journey. She is now headed for Gibraltar and is scheduled to reach London on 19th of May 2007.

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