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8th December, 2012

Somewhere in the Atlantic

The balmy days of the Caribbean are almost distant memories that linger on as we forge our way eastwards towards the Azores. I very much enjoyed revisiting places and meet old friends that was once a weekly occurrence. In some respects it could be said that I left my mark, especially at Antigua, the yachting mecca of the Caribbean, which is very much in my blood now!

So here we are at the midway point of our North Atlantic crossing to the Azores. The weather continues to be good with plenty of sunshine and a head wind providing ample cooling for those not wishing to roast on the sunbeds lined up around the pool and promenade decks.

There is a relaxed atmosphere on board with everyone enjoying the tranquillity of the leisurely days at sea after the frenetic pace of the daily ports of call.

On this segment of the cruise we have a brilliant lecture program, equal to those presented on our outward leg. Not only have we heard from world renowned Journalists, Michael Nicholson and now soon to hear from Peter Sissons who joined us in Barbados. David Boag continues to inspire his followers with more stunning wildlife photographs.

For something completely different, maritime expert Peter Boyd-Smith, presented an informative 45 minute lecture - ‘The Royal Navy from 1900 – 1950’. A very popular talk indeed.

I also have a slot coming up to speak about my 50 years at sea. It could be a long talk!

Actually I have some very old slides of my first and second trips which I plan to show and share a few anecdotes of my time as an apprentice. I might even sing my old school song that we “Conway boys” sang on the odd occasion!

“Carry on”

Where the tide runs in from the open sea,

The good ship Conway lies,

No more she fights the enemy

No more she takes the tides,

But dear as of old to our hearts is she,

For she caught us and taught us, to sail o’er the waters

So we love her, none other, our old wooden mother,

O the Conway’s the one ship for you and for me.


Carry on; carry on, till the last day’s done,

And the old ship knows you no more,

O East & West & North & South,

From Rio Bay to Mersey mouth,

From every distant sea & shore,

You’ll hear the cry,

“Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!”

And you’ll find on the bridge a Conway Boy,

So for the love of the ship that sends us forth

From East & West & South & North

Till the last tide turn and the last day’s gone

Carry on, Carry, Carry on!

“Quit you like men be strong”

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