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1st April, 2018


After what seemed a long road, actually the English Channel, up from Cherbourg, through the Dover Strait and then around the German Bight we made for the Weser Pilot station at the head of the river, embarking the Pilot in the winter darkness.

The notable point this morning was the weather, cold, blinking cold. It was -2 Celsius when I got on the bridge early this morning. Boy, it did feel cold.

The tour up to Papenburg to visit the Meyer Werft facility where Spirit of Discovery is being built, was very well received. Despite it being a cold day it was actually pleasantly crisp and those independent guests walking around Bremerhaven, and perhaps down to the old docks, enjoyed themselves too.

With all on-board the moorings were let go, and we used the services of a Tug to help work the stern around and through the current. The current was running at 4 knots and the wind blowing 30 knots in the opposite direction - life can be interesting… Once we were clear of the berth and proceeding safely downstream towards the North Sea, I handed the ‘charge’ to the Staff Captain. It was Britannia Club night.

The Pilot disembarked at just after 2100. We navigated across the German Bight Traffic Lanes and set a westerly course. That was the last port of the Easter Getaway cruise, and what a whirlwind it was. A day at sea tomorrow so I will be back to driving my desk…

Captain Stuart Horne

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