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Crew's Log

>> Sunday, February 1, 2009

This past few days has been a blur of arrivals, departures, last minute projects, cleaning and provisioning with the goal being to get everything as ready as possible for the next four months. Mr Hunter, our cook, would disappear four a few hours and come back leading convoys of trucks full of food of every type imaginable all of which would need to be unloaded packed into our skiff General Sherman, loaded onto the Gamage and stowed. The quantites were so enourmous that soon the normal stowage areas were full to capacity and food was being stacked in odd corners of the main salon and galley.
In the meantime other projects proceeded apace. Third Mate/ Carpenter Mr. Graham made some improvements to the anchor windlass. Deckhand/medical officer John Fagan checked his inventories and made some last minute purchases. Deckhand Jasmine McKracken, who moonlights as a furniture maker made a series of shelves for our new logging system. Deckhand Nell Smith worked on renewing some lashings in the headrig and improving the lifelines. I spent my time attending to some engineering chores, attempting to anticipate anything that might break in the next two months and purchasing spares. First Mate Bill Burke and Captain Flansburg managed to be everywhere at once monitoring, organizing giving helpful hints and making lists. In the middle of the chaos our three educators Christine Honan, Annemarie Gero, and Robin Tiller arrived with a mountain of educational supplies all of which needed a place for stowage.
With the students arriving this afternoon, however, order is finally emerging. The piles of supplies have been tucked into all corners of the ship. The mattresses have been made and the bunks aired out, each with an instructional chart, books and foul weather gear. The berthing areas have all been deep cleaned and now we are stowing those stubborn items which have entrenched themselves on deck- a pile of plywood here a small boat mast there and the tenacious bottle of shampoo. Soon we will do a deck wash and polish brass and then wait. I am confident in saying that we are ready.

Sencond mate/ Engineer Eric Simpson


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