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Published: October 4th 2012
All prepped to do some "training" with the Captain
Hello Hello! Pardon my lack of updates and ignore your frustration to those who I promised an update a couple of week ago because an update this is. That being said, life isn’t as interesting as it was as a cadet and there’s only so much interest I can talk about.
The last month I spent most of my time on the night watch, this had me being on the bridge from just after midnight to 830 in the morning. After watch I’d do the rest of my work and I was generally finished by noon. This was convenient for going ashore if I managed to make it to bed at a decent time and do it all over again. I managed to make it ashore a couple times too!
I’m now on the evening watch for a couple weeks, and then I made arrangements with the other officers so that I could change to being back on day watch for when I have a friend and ultimately my parents come onboard in the next few weeks. The evening watch was actually really nice, except that I couldn’t go out for dinner or anything like that.
COLD on the night watch
The AC doesn't really turn off, so sometimes it gets very cold without the sun beating down on the bridge windows.
a new captain onboard now, and he’s fantastic! Very young, and full of new ideas too! He’s changed life onboard and improved moral significantly, he’s been focusing quite a bit on team building. One day last week he hosted a movie night and dinner party in his cabin. Unfortunately 2 of us were on watch, but he dressed up with an apron and delivered a couple plates of food and electric candles to us on the bridge!
The weather has been generally good, we’re basically in the clear as far as hurricane season goes. Today it’s actually raining and grey, reminds me of Vancouver in fall (although I’ve heard it’s so dry back home) to be honest. We went through the coolest lightning storm I’ve ever been in a couple weeks ago. The only bad thing about it is that it was 3:30 in the morning and it was absolutely ruining our night vision.
The other day I had the con of the vessel coming out of St Thomas! It’s one thing out at sea making decisions to avoid traffic, but it’s completely different with only 5 meters under the keep and in a channel only 180 meters
wide. I can’t wait to get in control again, as that’s really why I’m here!
I only have 4 weeks to go, and I’ve gotten my flights to go home too! This short contract is flying by so quickly after 8 months at sea last year.
I know entry wasn’t very long, but not much interesting has happened. Hopefully I’ll be able to give a more interesting entry by the time I head home on November 3rd
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