Monday, March 12, 2007

Farewell Fareham

A big farewell to Fareham.

Farewell FarehamAs I write this, Lady Jane is snuggled up against a crane barge on her mooring in the Itchen.

The trip around went exceedingly well and, thankfully, uneventfully.

There was a bit of careful manoeuvring out of Fareham creek at one end, and some pushing and shoving with the rib to get her properly alongside at the other.

We had a cold, stiff, breeze on the way round, but not enough to phase our motly crew.

There is no way I could have done this particular voyage without help, and plenty of it.

In no particular order, I would like to thank:

  • John, the skipper, for his faith in Lady Jane, and the courage to get out there and do it.

  • Malcolm, crew member extraordinaire, for his unselfish, hard, graft getting her ready to go.

  • Patch, able crew member, for the copious quantities of tea and unfailing support.

  • Pam, volunteer crew member, for her delicious sticky buns and box of seasickness tablets for the crew.

  • Richard, an unexpected bonus crew member, for his expert assistance in handling the ropes and things.
Fred was also with us, in spirit at least, thanks for the phone call on the day mate.

There is now talk of doing another trip sometime soon - I best get that port side painted first though.

UPDATE: The photo set is now here, in Flickr

10 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I bet you are quite proud of your efforts? she looks really good. The rib has paid for herself already eh?

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  2. Heres an interesting site for you to have a look at! http://www.nantucketlightship.com/nlshome.html

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  3. The Voyage of the Wanderbird1:01 PM

    Well done to the valiant crew of the Lady Jane! Oh Tim, any chance of some more pictures from the voyage? Here's to more voyages in the very near future aboard the Lady Jane! PS One thing that we've discovered about these boats,( and most mechanicals for that matter) is that they are much happier when they are actually in operation!

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  4. Congrats Tim! She really does look great underway.

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  5. Andrew9:04 PM

    Top business Tim.

    Glad to hear it went well. She is looking rather good now you know :-)

    See you soon.

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  6. Hi Rob

    Pretty proud, yes.

    The poor rib suffered a little on the journey - getting LJ's blue paint all over the tubes from the pushing.

    I think it's time to give it a bit of tender loving care.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  7. That Nantucket lightship looks like quite something.

    I've quite a few years work to get even close!

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  8. Hi there Captains Rick & Karen

    Another milestone achieved, and another small step towards exploring the seas further.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  9. Hi andrew

    Thanks!

    Tim

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  10. Hi Andrew

    She is looking good on account of what has been a huge team effort.

    Cheers

    Tim

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