Saturday, 31 March 2012

Cap Beatrice (2010) - Post 6 - final

Sydney - 14th. to 15th. June

Shipping in Botany Bay.

Morning departure from Sydney on 15th. June.

Melbourne - 16th. June

Approaching Port Phillip heads, late afternoon.

Port Phillip Sea Pilot Captain Peter George (L) and Captain Stenderchuk (R).

The Queenscliff - Sorrento ferry.

Night time arrival at Swanson Dock container terminal.


All fast at 1 West Swanson Dock - end of a great voyage.

Cap Beatrice (2010) - Post 5

Auckland - 8th. to 9th. June

Cap Beatrice at Auckland container terminal.

Other shipping in Auckland.

Devonport naval berth.
Devonport, on Auckland's north shore, in late afternoon light.

Night time at the container berth.

Early morning departure from Auckland.

The sun rising over Rangitoto Island.
The Auckland pilot disembarks.
Crossing the Tasman Sea

Stormy weather is commonplace in the Tasman.

Early morning arrival in Botany Bay, Sydney on 14th. June.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Cap Beatrice (2010) - Post 4

Crossing the Pacific Ocean

The fore mast.
Looking over the bow.
The bulbous bow.
The deck cadet (L) and the bosun (R) splicing mooring ropes.
The after mooring deck.

Looking over the stern.

On deck, looking forward.
Between the on deck container stacks.

The chef in the galley.
On the Saturday, eve of my birthday, the crew put on a barbeque on deck. Me (L), the captain, the chief engineer (R).

The messman.
The second mate (L) and second engineer (R).
Me with the crew.
The other passenger, a woman from Germany.

After the barbeque, the crew invited me to join them in their bar for their beloved karaoke.
Watching the crew at recreation, it became apparent to me that they really relate to each other like a family. I assume this is because of Filipino culture and because they are on the ship so long between leave breaks.
Choosing a song.


A quiet afternoon watch at sea for the second mate.
Early morning arrival at Auckland, 8th. June.
Backing on to the berth.