The ‘liberty’ for the crew at the beautiful city of Plymouth was quite memorable. While the ship was berthed in largest Naval Dockyard in UK, the crew were put up right next to the City Centre, giving them an opportunity to just walk across to the marina and enjoy the architecture and the history that goes along with it. These walk would inadvertently end with ‘Fish and Chips’ and a glass of the local ‘Ale’, as recommended by the locals
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Stay at Plymouth 15 Jul - 17 Jul 15
The stay ashore is a privilege accorded to the Sail Training Ships as a consideration of their physically tough and demanding work environment. Thus a stable bed where one can stretch his legs is something the crew looks forward to on reaching a port. The stay at ‘Jury’s Inn’ brought all that was desired including sumptuous meals. The hospitality and support extended by the City of Plymouth and Royal Navy was reciprocated as the second day brought an opportunity to host local dignitaries onboard for a reception and dinner. The popularity of the ship and the media coverage accorded ensured that the function was a full house. The ship was dressed overall, and the guests were enthralled by performances from the Ship’s Bugler and the Sea Trainees as they enjoyed Indian Delicacies prepared by the ship’s cooks.
Today as we leave Plymouth and head north to Kristiansan in Norway, we take along Midshipmen Frederich Flood and Christopher Windle. Both the Midshipmen have come from Britannia Royal Naval College and are going to train with our Sea Trainees while we instill the time honoured traditions of courage, camaraderie and Espirit de Corps in these future leaders of the sea going community. What better way to acquire the proverbial ‘Sea Legs’ and attain the so called ‘Sea Sense’ than sail the English Channel and North Sea on this Tall Ship.