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1st September, 2013


London bus

It is always just a little special for a Master to take his vessel into his home port, and Falmouth is effectively mine, however in the four or five times I have been there I have never managed to get home, eight miles away, even to mow the lawn. Usually friends come to visit and this occasion was no different, although I did go over to the shore from the anchorage and ended up sitting in the driver’s seat of an ex-London bus. In fact we ended up using it to have a plaque exchange ceremony with the dockyard port operations director. I have a sneaking suspicion the photo will be used in the local press, ‘Local sea Captain tries his hand with a different mode of transport’.

The day went really well, the tours came back in good time and the sun shone throughout, everyone loves Falmouth on a good day. Pilot and tug were on hand for departure, but when we came to hoist the stern anchor a problem developed, the windlass effectively died. The best technical brains on board gave it a good dose of looking at, but to no avail, so in the end I had to ask our local agent to organise assistance from the dockyard.

They were very effective and within a few hours a work boat had come across with burning equipment and a marker buoy, the chain was cut and it was allowed to sink to the sea bed. This procedure is known as lagan, something put into the sea and marked with a buoy so that it can be recovered at another time. I was told yesterday it was all recovered the next day and is presently sitting on the dockside in Falmouth. We shall be reunited in due course, but in the meantime we shall have to rely on either of our two bow anchors when it comes to an anchorage port.

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