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Old 20th June 2020, 20:07
Julian Calvin Julian Calvin is offline
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How many of us while watch keeping have been placed in a difficult situation regarding action or follow orders.
Ie Crossing the Med, heading to Suez, the radio distress alarm activated. Sparks came up and distressed vessel was about 25 miles away near Sicily. We were a 21kt vessel so I called Master. He said ignore as other vessels were likely to be closer.
I recorded the call in logbook and we continued. Later he was proved correct.
Another time, (I was 2nd Mate), saw a strange buoy when approaching the English Channel. This just before watch change so called Ch Off. We both reckoned it was a “sub sunk” buoy which is quite distinctive.
No other info received so this was ignored.
Still feel a little guilty about both episodes.
ETAs were so important to be maintained.
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Old 20th June 2020, 22:43
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"21 Kt vessel" - A Super P, Julian?
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Old 20th June 2020, 23:05
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Now come on Dave. You will be trying to guess the Old Man next.
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Old 21st June 2020, 22:47
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Go on then, Julian! I will guess Dickie Richards, larger than life and straight out of Doctor at Sea!! He called me Canary because of a yellow Miami Tee Shirt that I had acquired on a layover (Pan Am) from London to Mexico.

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Old 26th June 2020, 08:23
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Julian, If either of those situations had been genuine, and there was loss of life as a result of non attendance, Not only would the Master loose his ticket, but so would the watch keeping officer, unless there was a log entry to the effect that the Master had officially taken over the watch.

What is the first rule of the sea?
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Old 26th June 2020, 08:37
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How many of us while watch keeping have been placed in a difficult situation regarding action or follow orders.
Ie Crossing the Med, heading to Suez, the radio distress alarm activated. Sparks came up and distressed vessel was about 25 miles away near Sicily. We were a 21kt vessel so I called Master. He said ignore as other vessels were likely to be closer.
I recorded the call in logbook and we continued. Later he was proved correct.
Another time, (I was 2nd Mate), saw a strange buoy when approaching the English Channel. This just before watch change so called Ch Off. We both reckoned it was a “sub sunk” buoy which is quite distinctive.
No other info received so this was ignored.
Still feel a little guilty about both episodes.
ETAs were so important to be maintained.
Ha ! I was 3/O on MV " Manchester Faith "We were approaching Malin Head and it was a bit foggy, so I had the Radar on.

A stationary blip appeared dead ahead, so I altered course and the Ol' Man ( Capn. Illingworth ) came up.

Out of the fog loomed a large buoy complete with bell ringing !!!

It was Norfolk Va. Channel buoy !

ATB


Laurie.
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Old 27th June 2020, 05:05
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Whoa, sounds like you were a bit lost, Laurie. Either that or the Norfolk buoy had drifted across the Atlantic.

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