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27th August, 2017


It was a fast run up to Bremerhaven and we manged to ‘go with the flow’, the tidal stream that is, which helped make our Pilot time off the Weser River at 0730. Nice, I like these late mornings! Another old tramping ground of mine, I know this river well.

As with the German-Bight tidal stream, we had the flood tide with us up the river to Bremerhaven. Yes, rivers normally flow out, but with such a tidal range the full flood tide has a very strong upstream flow - so water does go up hill then! We cracked along making our approach to the berth one hour ahead of schedule.

The ‘docking Pilot’ was an interesting chap - he walked on to the Bridge and his first statement was, “Hello Captain, you can switch off your radars now”.

Hmm, I would have understood if the ship’s transmissions were to interfere with a local installation but oh no. When I enquired why his reply was “We just don’t need them Captain, I have eyes”… Needless to say, his role was as an interested observer… it was a simple parallel parking job, nothing complicated.

All tied up, our Guests were away on their tours. Great little spot is Bremerhaven and the old port is an absolute delight to stroll around. The weather had cleared up nicely and we were set for a good afternoon. Saga Sapphire being in Bremerhaven drew an interested local crowd, for Bremerhaven is where she was built 35 years ago, as the Europa.

Sailing was scheduled for 20.00, but with everyone back onboard just before 1900 - after all it was time for cocktails and a dalliance with George’s gorgeous culinary delights - we sailed promptly at 1930 and set off downstream back toward the Weser Pilot station and on to Dover…..

Captain Stuart Horne

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