18th February, 2020
Mornings always seem to come around quick when you only have 8 hours between watches. This time it was an arrival in to Lisbon, Portugal.
We surfed our way passed the banks on the approach to Lisbon at 06:00 with a comfortable swell of 4-5m from the stern. Hand steering in to port with my Quartermaster Manolito on the wheel, who has been with Saga for 23 years, we constantly corrected the bow due to her yawing from the swell.
With the more tricky approach over, the rest of the run was quiet as we approached the pilot station. I retained the con and navigation of the lovely lady right up till the berth where Captain took it from me and I proceeded to forward station to tie up the bow. A short time later the ship was safely alongside, gangway landed and vessel cleared.
Today’s call in Lisbon was unfortunately only for half a day, but this did not affect the desire to go ashore. The run from Funchal had been quite rough with a long swell from the North Atlantic storms make the vessel roll quite a bit, even though we had the stabilisers out.
The day was warm and sunny and a popular tour was the Tram ride around the old town and Port tasting.
We left Lisbon at 1400 and headed north towards Southampton running at full speed to beat the next depression “Denis” that was bearing down on the UK and the dreaded “Bay of Biscay”.
Captain Richard Lambert
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