The planned departure from Recife at 14:00 was delayed by a few hours due to waiting on some scientific equipment which is needed for the cruise. Once this was received on board the ship prepared for departure.
The team heading for Ascension Island on the quayside this afternoon for a group photo shoot. As tempting as it is to name everyone, I am still trying to remember the names of those who have not sailed with us previously and hope to do so by the time they disembark in Cape Verde.
Preparing to sail takes about an hour or so and there are a number of checklists that have to be completed. This ranges from checking that the propulsion system is operational, the rudder turns as instructed, the navigations lights glow in the dark and that the window wipers will keep the view nice an clear. The Duty Engineer and the Officer of the Watch on the Bridge work together to go through the checks, ticking off each item as it is proved to be OK. There is one check that goes along the lines of 'Radio department ready for sea'. The Radio department is basically me and as long as I am on board I am always ready for sea!
Aside from a large number of pigeons in our vicinity we have had a couple of other birds to admire, this being (I think) a white heron (as I think it is too big to be an egret), with a lighthouse on the breakwater in the background.
Having taken the group photo I had a wander along the dock (where I took the picture above) and on my way back happened to look up and spot this lovely bird on one of the floodlights overlooking the berth. I have no idea what it is, so if anyone knows please drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apparently Graham's mum is a fan of the pages and keeps looking out for her son!
The science party making a start on getting all the equipment set up. This will involve running cables, building up equipment and getting the labs ready for working in.
On the Aft Deck the trawl net is being prepared. So whilst there was a slight delay in our departure the time was well spent getting ready for the cruise. The intention is to make best possible speed, which means we could be there in four days, although we will have to slow down for some swath bathymetry work along the way.
With the sun setting the Pilot boarded the James Clark Ross at about 17:00 and soon after the gangway was lifted, the mooring ropes released from their bollards and hauled on board. The ship was then gently moved off the berth before reversing out into the harbour, when it was turned and proceeded out to open sea. Outside of the breakwater the Pilot disembarked and Full Away on Passage was declared shortly after 18:00, which is the signal to stand down from standby stations. The decks were cleared of the ropes and as I write this evening the ship is making just under 14 knots and Recife is now falling behind as we head due east.
Departing Recife just after sunset this evening following our short but enjoyable stay in Brazil.
Overnight the clocks will be advanced one hour to GMT -2.
Noon Position Report
All fast alongside Recife , No6 Berth
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