Another bird today. Very small, just 40cm long, and
fairly fearless. Perched on Georges chest and my foot.
George and I went for a tour of the engine room. As
soon as you enter, you realise that this is what the
ship is really all about. Standing at the foot of the
first companionway you can look up for five floors of
boilers, air intakes and exhausts - and down for four
floors to a glimpse of bilge water shining far below.
The space is full of noise but amazingly clean. The
main engine stands five stories high and has five cylinders,
each with a bore of half a metre and stroke of two metres.
It can put out nearly ten thousand horesepower boosted
by a turbo charger two metres in diameter spinning at
There is no gearbox. The engine runs at a constant
speed - 90 rpm in harbour, up to 120 rpm at sea - and
forward and aft control is achieved by altering the
pitch of the propellor blades.
Days Run 25h 360 nautical miles ( 414 miles ).
Noon Position 50 04.7 N 063 56.5W
We have had poor visibility all day today as we head
up the St. Lawrence Seaway. We can't see the land at
all but just knowing it is out there, shrouded in fog,
is somehow comforting. Knowing that the icebergs are
out there, shrouded in fog, is less comforting.
The sea is now flat calm beneath the fog and our table
tennis accuracy has improved accordingly. The jigsaw
is driving me slowly insane. Sunday lunch was fantastic
again and Harry and George seem to have recovered completely
to make the most of it.
Read Harry's entry I'm too full to type. Blaaaarg.
The Harry Report
Sunday today which for some reason the crew elected
pudding day. The pudding today was a shocker and I say
this without a slight bit of exaggeration that all the
calories involved was enough to kill two adult elephants,ten
dogs,all the pigeons in London and the inhabitants of
Belgium ten times. They had a huge platter of deep fried
pastry dipped in a vat of sugar then smothered in syrup
also the meal was battered chicken also deep fried with
chips even the lettuce was smothered with unhealthy
amounts of salad dressing and also there was ice cream
and two biscuits. The only gesture to healthiness was
a single segment of orange with the ice cream. Somehow
I managed to stumble up the stairs to the cabin at the
top and collapse into a chair felling like I had just
dragged two one ton weights attached to my thighs up
the four flights of stairs which at the time felt like
mountains. And for the next half an hour everything
I did took double the time to do. My reactions were
also lessened so my ping pong skill was greatly downgraded
from O.K to absolutely rubbish.
were back at the point were you cant see any land but
its closer then we think. I suddenly have urges for
a cheeseburger. I wish I could just go on one spending
spree with thirty dollars (we're in America now as you
might have guessed).
A very nice lunch today chicken in batter and for Sunday
pudding sweet pastry covered in sugar and ice cream
with two sweet biscuits and a slice of orange I love
all sugary things so my mum was quite surprised when
I told her I didn't want any.
Mum's going mad with her jigsaw puzzle its a map of
the celestial planisphere I wish she would stop. She's
driving me crazy now so is the puzzle now I find one
point that hasn't been done and I spend forever trying
to get the right piece and every time I cant find it
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY STOP IT STOP
IT I WHANT TO LIVE LIFE LIKE A NORMAL PERSON NOT A JIGSAW
One of the crew (don't know what his name his) took
us to the engine room it was interesting but smelled