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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: The Hills Grammar School


FROM: Sydney TO: Sydney

DATE: Day 3, 21 December 2016

POSITION: Broughton Island

Report by: Red Watch

Red watch had a watch from 0400 until 0800 hours when we were anchored at Newcastle Harbour. On our watch, we had to take bearings from the ship to the crane, the bridge and the three lights above a building. Our next task was to clean the dirty brass on the wheel, bell and the bugle. Justin then used the freshly cleaned bugle to abruptly wake up the rest of the crew on a harsh note at 0600 hours. We had cereal at 0630 hours and then ate delicious hash browns, spaghetti and toast perfectly cooked by our cook Hugh at 0700 hours.

At 0800 hours, the whole crew had to weigh the anchor by taking turns to pump water for the hose to rinse the mud that accumulated on it. We also had to take turns pushing the windlass. After weighing the anchor, red watch hoisted the foresail. Around 0800 hours we set sail aiming to get to Broughton Island, where we arrived at the time we predicted which was 1550. Two members of the Blue Watch had an encounter with a flying fish (rather a surprise!). Before we anchored the ship we had lowered the sails.

After anchoring the crew was able to get changed and swim off the ship and then go to the beach in the dinghy. We stayed on the beach exploring, swimming and climbing cliffs using a single rope. After thoroughly exploring the beach and helping to collect rubbish, we returned to the ship to compete in a knotting competition. Hugh prepared us a lovely dinner of steak, potatoes, pumpkin and peas at 1830 hours. For dessert we had Hugh’s special sticky date pudding with custard which almost everyone came back for seconds or even thirds.

From this point onwards we were all able to relax and watch out for marine life. We were able to see dolphins and tuna swimming past. All the crew were able to bond over this period.



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