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16th June, 2012



The day after leaving Stavanger turned out to be one of spectacular fjordland scenery viewed in almost perfect sunshine as we made our northing at a steady 13 knots, slowing on the odd occasion as we passed some of the narrower passages. We had re-entered the fjords just before breakfast time, passing first up towards the Sognefjord, then through the narrow passage just east of Sula, then Floro, and coming back out into the Norwegian Sea near Maloy, a small town that, when we pass, always reminds me of a minor adventure I had on a small bulk carrier way back in 1976.


A few hours later we were back in sheltered waters, passing small fisheries, isolated hamlets and the odd ferry landing that seemed to connect nowhere with nowhere. By evening time we had passed the relatively large city of Alesund, where, only back in early March, I had managed to dock Saga Pearl II in 40 knot winds without tugs. An unlikely event with this particular lady. We ventured back out to sea for the next six hours, returning in the early hours just north of Kristiansund. Ahead of us was ‘Discovery’ and, as it happened, a couple of ex-colleagues I hadn’t seen for a number of years. We berthed just astern of her, on a grain jetty complete with two large grain unloaders ready to be clipped by the bow if I made a mistake on docking. The jetty, hardly ideal, was actually 63 meters too short for our ship so the ‘sharp end’ was stuck out in space and all lines were leading astern. Definitely not very seaman like, but the grain loaders remained unscathed.

My ex colleagues came over for a ‘catch up’, the passengers managed not to fall over any of the numerous obstacles that lay in their way as they negotiated a path to the dock gate, and the tours were accomplished in pleasant dry, but cool conditions. ‘Discovery’ left after lunch and we exchanged the usual sailors salute, three long blasts on respective whistles. When all were back on board we followed suit, continuing our long trek towards the midnight sun.

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