Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Week Two - Staying Put and Getting Wet

Another week in dry dock, another week of work. Today (Tuesday) we got the boat floating again and tomorrow we'll be off! This has been the longest I've spent in one location on the ship and even when we move it'll still be in Kristiansand, not going too far!

We had some snow on deck for a day or two. That's something I haven't seen before! 

On Friday night the crew was invited over to dinner and a movie over on the Hestemanden, a steam ship that is (permanently) moored here. The movie was SS Martha (http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0061957/) which I have seen before (it's basically required viewing here!). It was a fun start to a weekend that turned out to be pretty low key. Shorter work hours and not a ton of projects going on was nice. It was also the time change (spring forward) weekend. 

Due to getting the ship afloat and back to the city as well as the upcoming Easter holidays we went provisioning on Monday. There were also a lot of other errands to be done so I was away for the ship for a good part of the day. That's always a nice change. I saw some spring flowers and made it to the post office to buy stamps so I am set for a while!

Here's the water beginning to fill the dock, I think every crew member took a picture like this. 

Here's the crew looking at the water/taking said pictures. 

The galley on the Hestemanden looks slightly different then ours. 

A few hundred metres away from the workyard is this beautiful spot. 

Till next week (or so)!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Week One - Staying Put in Dry Dock

Each journey I've taken on Sorlandet is unique and different. The biggest difference (so far) on this journey is that we're starting in dry dock. The ship arrived here the day before I did and we'll be here for about two weeks getting lots and lots of work done. Some is being done by our crew but there are also workmen coming in during the day to do specific projects. Why dry dock? Well it's set up for this type of work with tools and workmen availablr etc. also some of the work being done isn't really possible while we're in the water (i.e. painting the hull under the waterline). 

One of the projects is repainting the ornaments and I've helped a bit with that on days I have extra time. Painting has been a nice change from cooking although it was also a lot colder. 

So in galley terms being in dry dock means it's been pretty easy: no rocking, dishes that stay put and a grocery store a drive away. The crew currently numbers 10 and that is a very manageable number to cook for. Good thing as I'm the sole galley representative for a few weeks. The others arrive over the next month or so as voyages get underway. 

The day flows much as I remember, finish one meal, get ready for the next and it must be almost time to put coffee on again. The hours are a bit different, the workyard starts the day at 7:00 am so we do as well Monday-Friday and take a bit later start on the weekend when it's just us. 

No big provision orders for a crew this small, just a van trip to the local grocery store and a couple carts of food to get us through the week. I'd forgotten how spoiled for choice we are in Canada (at least where I live). The produce section here is about an eighth of the size of the one I'm used to back home and the selection much smaller. It makes you think creatively about what you do have and appreciate the bounty I am used to in a way I don't usually do. 

Besides these weekly shops I'm also cooking my way through some of the provisions leftover from last year. Meat was purchased at the end of last season and put in the freezer when we were in (comparitively) cheaper Denmark. Some other dry provisions like pasta are still here and it's a bit like seeing old friends again. 

The weather has been cool and variable. I've seen the sun a few times but also ice on deck and snow flakes one day!

One week down, many more to come. Before I close a bit of housekeeping: 

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