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June 2, 2015
02/06/15 TNS439 We (the voyage crew) arrived in Southampton and joined Tenacious in dribs and drabs all excited and eager to get under way. As normal the adventure started with the issuing of bunks and watches, followed by kit. Then of course it’s the very interesting and very important compulsory talks. Once the theory was explained […]

May 31, 2015
31/05/15 TNS438 What a change.  Twenty four hours after passing between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles in glorious sunshine, we entered the Needles Channel in rain and mist with poor visibility.  The passage up the Channel had been swift and uneventful with southerly and westerly winds pushing us on at speeds of up to […]

May 30, 2015
30/05/15 TNS438 Friday – Turn left at the mouth of Milford Haven, carefully delivering the pilot and his bag of cakes to the Milford Haven pilot boat, and off we go, endeavouring not to bump into Lands’ End or the Isles of Scilly in the dark. After a wet and dreary morning, the sun has come out, we have […]

May 29, 2015
29/05/15 LN867 No sooner had we got everyone on board and made our introductions to our bunk mates, we were straight into the afternoon meeting. In the meeting we were introduced to all the permanent members of the ship’s crew and the three volunteer crew. We ran through the various safety briefings, not forgetting the […]

May 28, 2015
28/05/15 TNS438 All have arrived for the delivery trip from Milford Haven to Southampton, and many have stayed on from maintenance too, so we now have 49 on board. Some new faces, first time sailors, and some old friends. Tim at the Heart of Oak just across from us has put on tapas for our […]

May 27, 2015
27/05/15 TNS438 One of us is avoiding the hard work that is the human chain, who are passing ships stores from shore to freezer and food stores down below, by slipping away to write the blog! This is the last full day of maintenance and work continues apace as we try to get finished before […]

May 22, 2015
21/5/15 LN866 Setting sail from Southampton on the Tuesday morning, we made swift (and slightly bumpy!) progress over to Cherbourg through some choppy waters which proved to be too much for some of the crews stomachs! Anchoring in the outer harbour overnight, we went through the lock gates into the inner harbour on Wednesday morning […]

May 19, 2015
As of very early on Sunday morning Tenacious is out of dry dock and safely on the wall.  Needless to say the work carries on unabated!! There are still numerous engineer type people, both volunteers and professional all over the ship so I’m still grumbling about oily footmarks on the decks down below!  There have […]

May 15, 2015
For those of you who have done maintenance on either ship, particularly if the ship is in Dry Dock, none of what follows will be a surprise to you! The moment the voyage crew left the ship the engineers, in particular, started removing bits.  The main engines and generators also the bow thruster were sent […]

May 1, 2015
Dry dock Milford Haven 1.5.15 Hull water blasted, anchor chain scraped and measured, priming coat on the hull, generators out for overhaul, main engines out for servicing, old air con out to be replaced, keel sealant repaired, needle gunning of capstans, prop shafts out, ship side valves out or inspected….. just some of the many […]

April 25, 2015
Arrived at Milford Haven!! We are safety alongside after entering the narrow locks at the entrance to the docks. This was followed by the Captain making an amazing 180 degree turn in a very tight space, and then shock horror finding out that the gap between the two fishing boats was 10 meters less than […]

April 24, 2015
AFT STARBOARD HERE AGAIN WOW, busy times yesterday.  On top of a wet bum for one of the watch, we had dinner at the Captain’s Table – well, that is she joined us at our table in the lower mess, and by her very presence, it became the Captain’s table. What happened was that some […]

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