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Captain’s Log: Final Courses

Captain’s Log: Final Courses

And now, the end is here And so I face the final courses My friends, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life at sea and that’s now full I traveled each and every high sea Regrets, I’ve had a few But then again, too few to…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Hong Kong

Captain’s Log: Hong Kong

Hong Kong 11th-13th March We were scheduled to arrive at the pilot station at 0630 and when we departed Manila, I made allowance for the expected heavy shipping traffic in the vicinity of this busy harbour. As a consequence, we made good a speed of 20 kts, faster than needed, however this would give us…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

We entered Manila Bay at 0230 in the morning, passing dark and looming Corregidor on our starboard side and Bataan on our port. Both names resurrecting painful memories for many. Three-and-a-half hours later, having weaved our way through innumerable fishing boats, and anchored ships, we arrive at the pilot station, which is a short distance…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Approaching Bali

Captain’s Log: Approaching Bali

27th February to 2nd March Well, where to start? I left you as we departed Adelaide, the gateway port for Perth, Australia, heading north in the Indian Ocean towards Bali, Indonesia. Our President and CEO Stein Kruse, his wife Linda, Sally Andrews, our VP Public Relations, and Gerald Bernhoft, Director Mariner Society, joined us in…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

20th February, Adelaide and 21st February, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island No photos of Adelaide, I’m afraid. The port lies on an outlying promontory and Adelaide itself is a 45-minute bus, (or train) ride from the Amsterdam. Having transited the shallow and winding channel and then swinging in the turning basin, we berthed port-side to at the…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Hobart, Tasmania

Captain’s Log: Hobart, Tasmania

18th February 2013, Hobart, Tasmania Our passage from Sydney was uneventful. We were fortunate that the strong north-east winds were coming from astern and as a consequence we made good speed and little movement of the ‘Amsterdam’, sunny skies too. There is a weather front coming in and ahead of it, stronger winds and during…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Sydney

Captain’s Log: Sydney

Sydney, Australia, 15th-16th February Once again, the weather has been kind to us and we enjoyed following winds and seas across the Tasman sea during our crossing from Picton to Sydney. The weather was changeable thoughout and our call in Sydney was no exception, bathed in sunshine one minute and then torrential downpours the next….   read more of “Captain’s…”