LN905 11/09/2016 –

Following on from yesterday’s blog, we have now left the Kiel Canal in our wake and entered the River Elbe. We anchored for the night just a short distance from the canal exit. We do not know whether to be worried or excited by the announcement of an invitation to “sundowners” on the bridge this evening, after learning that “Chips” – our fearless second engineer – has been charged with making a concoction (loosely known as “punch”) that he insists has been handed down from engineer to engineer for generations. We were not convinced initially but the proof was in the tasting and it went down a treat.

Now well lubricated by the engineer’s brew, Jamie took the lead having organised a sing-song of sea-shanties which unearthed some hidden talent and was very warmly received. In great spirits in the morning, we left our anchorage bound for Helgoland. Voyage 905 has been smooth so far, but as a nod to the gods, and just before lunch, the sea decided to make its presence felt with a head on the sea which challenged the stomachs of some of the crew.

Passing through a group of 15 large ships waiting for pilotage to port, we sighted Helgoland in the distance.