The voyage crew were all delighted that tropical storm Bertha had forced us to seek shelter in Louisbourg yesterday afternoon. We had drinks on deck before exploring this small town. Some went to the local playhouse for a musical performance. After the performance, a few musicians returned to our bar and those who had not retired early to their beds were treated to an impromptu night of entertainment.

We made a couple of local papers this morning including the front page of the Cape Breton Post. Grainne is still to live down her description as a robust senior.

This morning we had wheelies aloft and assisted climbs. Dylan and Eileen chose to hoist themselves up using their own upper body strength, whilst Reuben was delighted to have his wheelchair hoisted to the first platform. Not to be outdone, stepdad John joined the queue of voyage crew who opted for the assisted climb.

We had shore leave this afternoon and many of the crew enjoyed tours of historic Fort Louisbourg thanks to shuttle rides provided by former voyage crew members and local residents. Captain Barbara was given the honour of firing the cannon looking very smart in her period uniform. We have been surprised and touched by the kindness and hospitality of the locals who have been so welcoming.

Other crew members enjoyed the Lighthouse Trail or lunch in the local eateries.

Meanwhile the local fire engine kindly made three trips to the ship to deliver water so that the risk of a smelly crew were minimised.

Most of the crew went out for a seafood dinner at the local restaurants. The family of one helped us out with rides and information throughout the day and it was good to be able to help the local economy in return.

Back towards Halifax tomorrow. We have been promised a cannon salute from the Fort as we depart.

FP – Peter, Scott, Wendy, Nick, Garnet, James, Monica and Kumi.