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15th June, 2018


After our overnight run from Kotka, Finland we were greeted by another stunning sunrise. Being a very early riser I am fortunate to experience these special moments at sea. The port pilot was arranged for 0630 as it was a 7 mile run in to the berth. Rob, our 2nd Officer, kept the con, embarked the pilot and then swung the ship off the berth before proceeding astern. Staff Captain Tom was “coaching” this morning and encouraged by Rob’s manouvring skills let him keep the con until close to the berth. An excellent docking meant we were alongside by 0745.

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn offers a truly magical experience and has one of the most beautifully preserved medieval centres in Europe. The Upper Town is characterised by watchtowers, graceful spires and winding cobbled streets, while the Lower Town offers red gabled roofs and soaring spires.  The golden era in Tallinn’s history came in the period between the early 15th and mid-16th centuries when the city attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership of the Hanseatic League.

After a busy morning of meetings, I took to the streets of Tallinn and after heading through the narrow cobbled streets discovered a delightful coastal cycle path that also weaved its way through a charming area of woodland. With 22M completed I returned to the ship and, after a good stretch, headed to the Britannia Lounge to chat with guests over afternoon tea.

With everyone on board by 1900 we sailed shortly afterwards and this time it was 4th Officer Chris’ turn to “drive out”. There was a moderate breeze onto the dock from the stb’d 1/4 , but with some guidance Chris lifted the ship clear of the berth and then guided her away from the dock. After 45 mins the pilot was away and we set W’ly course for our overnight run to Rostock.

Captain Julian Burgess

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