Amelia’s Voyage on Pride of Baltimore II from Jacksonville to Bermuda
Posted by Tall Ships America on June 10, 2009
I’ve arrived in Bermuda on Pride of Baltimore II and had a great sail with beautiful weather! Here’s a bit about my voyage:
After leaving Jacksonville, FL we encountered calm weather and kept the sun shade up and the motors on, watering the deck as needed to keep it cool down below. I’m on “C” watch from 12 to 4, which shouldn’t be too hard for a recent college grad used to staying up late and sleeping in. So far I’ve learned how to log weather information and do boat checks. Boat checks take place every hour, and on the last hour before the watch switch the bilges are pumped. Another activity the crew enjoys is fishing, which has produced a large catch of seaweed, no matter whether the lure is baited with a hook, a plastic lure, or leftover chicken. Luckily Rob the cook, whose cabin I share on the port side, makes amazing chocolate bread!
On day three there were some surrounding storm clouds with visible showers, but they didn’t impact us; we were able to set the jib, foresail and set up the canopy in anticipation of some weather. Speed was about 7 knots and, after setting full sail, we reached 10. During watch from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. the sky was beautiful and I enjoyed watching the moon set and Venus rise. Allison and Elizabeth from my watch have a book of celestial constellations and have observed Sagittarius and Aquarius among others in the clear night sky.
In the morning we sailed into Bermuda, through the harbor entrance, and took down sail right before docking in St. George. Over the past few days Urania, Etoile, Belle Poule, Tecla, Jolie Brise, Bounty, Spirit of Bermuda, Rona 2, Spirit of South Carolina and Europa have all made their way into Bermuda!