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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 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 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 […]

April 23, 2015
We sailed into the Isles of Scilly today and then anchored for shore leave. We had a pilot on board to assist us with navigating the many shoals around the Scillies. The crew were able to enjoy a long shore leave on St. Mary’s, and experience the local pubs and shops. As I type this […]

April 22, 2015
“SET T’GALLANTS !”…. “FURL T’GALLANTS !” Last night the winds could not decide what they wanted to do. A swallow spent the night in the ship’s office and a finch flew in this morning to shelter. The wind is NNE force 5/6 and we are bearing true North heading to Scilly to get a little […]

April 21, 2015
Aft Port are once again on the afternoon watch, under Mike’s benevolent dictatorship. After two days of motoring into adverse (but not strong) winds, we have reached a point in the Bay of Biscay where we can turn towards the north, with a now easterly wind allowing us to set sails and turn off those […]

April 20, 2015
The wind is picking up and we look forward to hoisting sails later today. The cool north wind has a bite to it. Whales spotted off the port created excitement for all on deck. We have been spotting ships around, and a large amount of wood planking drifting by – estimating that the wood washed […]

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