There is a lot to catch up with since the last post. Thursday evening, scheduled as a sail training night, turned into moving the ship back to her berth night. Earlier in the week the contractors informed us that they would be finished with the fender repairs to our side of the pier by Thursday and they needed to get to Boston to start work on a pier on the Charles River. So, we used our sail training crew to move the ship back around the corner of the pier and into the berth she has occupied for the last fifty years.
The Contractors used their push boat and crane and we used our crew to move the ship and lines. It was a calm night, meaning no wind and everything went smoothly. Normally during sail training the ship remains firmly tied to the pier.
This is the first sail training session ever when the ship actually moved. Well, we didn’t set any sails and we went about as far as the ship’s own length in distance but still— the ship was underway — sort of.
The other item to catch up on was our Coast guard inspection. Friday, the day after returning to our berth on the south side of the pier, the Coast Guard came to inspect our ship, our safety equipment, and our crew. Everything went well, the officer conducting the inspection only found a few minor things to upgrade, one child’s life jacket, one life ring, and the fire extinguisher in the generator space. I have to thank him for his patience while conducting the test as he allowed the ship to remain open. It was busy day with many school kids, all of who enjoyed watching us test run our fire hoses.
The ship, our stuff, and the crew all passed. This is a major hurdle in the process of getting the ship ready to sail. Now if we can only get the ship painted on time. — It’s always one more thing with that ship—