Archive for the ‘HK’ Category

Ahoy! To Singapore We Sail!

December 12, 2006

All hands on deck!

The ship rotates around the anchor with the tides. At the time we were to set sail, the ship was facing inland. So the sails were set up to catch the wind to turn the ship around.

Weigh Anchor!
With the ship facing seawards, we reeled in the anchor and said goodbye to Stanley.


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Hanging out for Christmas!

December 11, 2006

We hung out of the sides of the ship for the Christmas cards and videos.

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After some hearty singing and cheering, a bunch of them hurtled into Stanley Harbour and continued singing for the camera!

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Learning the Ropes

December 11, 2006

We’ve a lot to learn and several Swedes have been showing us the ropes, literally. It’s made of hemp and tarred for strength, friction and durability.

It’s also fun learning all the names in Swedish!

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Public Guiding

December 10, 2006

While moored in Stanley Harbour, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum coordinated public visits to the ship. Port Watch was on duty and thus took on the role of public guides.

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Poh Huat and I were roped in as well as the numbers of visitors increased. We told them stories about the history, materials, rig and equipment, methods, anecdotes about a sailor’s life and took them on a tour through the Bow, Gun Deck and Sun Deck.

Many of the visitors were from Stanley itself but some were from as far away as Götheberg!

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Shore leave

December 9, 2006

We’ve had fire safety briefings, tour and familiarisation of the ship. The ship is built solidly. And they did a good job integrating modern features on this beauty.

We are given some shore leave time today. I’ll be looking to get notebooks and some toiletries. And perhaps visit the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

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The captain calculated we might cross a typhoon’s path, so we’re setting sail two days later than scheduled. Nonetheless, we should arrive in Singapore before the New Year.

Safety Briefing and Familiarisation Tour

December 9, 2006

New crew were taken on a safety briefing and familiarisation tour.

Here we are viewing the emergency indication radio transponder.

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Sailing in Stanley Harbour

December 8, 2006

We took turns to go sailing in Stanley Harbour in the little sail ship that accompanies the Götheberg. It is also built to 18th-century specifications.

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Stanley, Hong Kong

December 7, 2006

hkmap-zoom1.gifWe left Victoria Harbour on the 6th of December.

We are now in Stanley Harbour, at the southern most tip of Hong Kong Island.

There will be a series of mini exhibitions on the island about the Swedish East India Company, with maps, paintings and artefacts from the original Gotheborg wreck.

Meanwhile, the crew spend time on maintenance. Plenty of that to do on a 18th century replica! It’s also an easy way for the trainee crews to learn the ropes.

I was introduced to climbing the rig today, up the main mast. All the way up with Watch Leader Hendrik and Po Huat, the other Singaporean in my watch. We climbed slowly and safely and my knees held out. Hendrik allowed us some leisurely time up there to enjoy the view (rest of the watch was working) and chat a bit.

He recounted a time he saw albatrosses out at sea, prompting me to tell him the story of the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by S. T. Coleridge. I still remember a little and cited a few poignant lines.

Storing mooring ropes now – the large ones that kept the ship tied to the dock. Swabbed decks earlier. I will have a good night’s sleep tonight.

We set sail again in 3 days, on 10 Dec.