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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Day 012: Singapore

Day 012: Singapore Position: N 1º 17′ 59″ E 103º 50′ 43″ Weather: 34ºC Light wind, very humid Status: In port, Singapore Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Port Kelang, Malaysia From the Navigator In the early hours of this morning the ship entered the busy traffic separation lane of the Singapore Strait, passing Horsburgh … Continue reading »

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Day 011: Java Sea (Equator)

Day 011: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Equator) From the Navigator: In the early hours of this morning the ship entered the busy traffic separation lane of the Singapore Strait, passing Horsburgh lighthouse on our port side and the many anchored vessels on our starboard side as we make our way towards our local pilot … Continue reading »

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Day 010: Java Sea

Day 010: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Equator) From the Navigator: Overnight we transitted the Selat Karimata Strait which separates Borneo on our starboard side and Sumatrera on our port side. We will continue on a north westerly heading throughout the day en route to Singapore. During the afternoon the ship will cross the equator … Continue reading »

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Day 009: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Tropics)

Day 009: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Equator) Position: S 7º 50′ 39″ E 118º 56′ 03″ Weather: 29ºC Wind south 10kts, flat calm Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Underway in the Coral Sea From the Navigator: Today the ship will maintain a westerly course leaving the Banda Sea and entering the … Continue reading »

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Day 008: Banda Sea (Tropics)

Day 008: Banda Sea (Tropics) Position: S 8º 31′ 48″  E 127º 58′ 45″ Weather: 29ºC Light wind, 2m waves becoming calm Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Underway in the Coral Sea Daily Riddle: I’m lighter than a feather but even the world’s strongest man can’t hold me for more than a few … Continue reading »

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Stateside command note

Greetings West By Sea vicarious voyagers. As anticipated, Ed and Michelle have apparently been experiencing intermittent internet connectivity ‘brownouts’ as ship passengers tend to flood the service at generally the same time. As such, certain ‘daily’ posts will be retro-edited and have material dropped in as the e-mails arrive in my box (provided I’m not … Continue reading »

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Day 007: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Tropics)

Day 007: At Sea Position: S 9º 29.61′  E 133º 37.33′ Weather: waves 2 meters, 27ºC with some rain Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Underway heading 279º at 19kts From the Navigator: Throughout the day the ship will maintain a West North Westerly course passing North of the Gulf of Carpentaria proceeding through … Continue reading »

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Day 006: Coral Sea & Java Sea (Tropics)

Day 006: At Sea Position: S 10º 33′ 51″  E 142º 05′ 38″ Weather: puffy tropical clouds, 22ºC with some rain Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Underway in the South Pacific From the Navigator: This morning we will continue to proceed north through the Great Barrier Reef passing Cape Direction and transiting between … Continue reading »

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Day 005: Coral Sea (Great Barrier Reef transit)

Day 005: At Sea, Coral Sea (Great Barrier Reef transit) Position: S 16º 37′ 25″ E 145º 46′ 36″ Weather: high overcast, 24ºC Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Great Barrier Reef Transit Day 2 From the Navigator: Overnight we passed through the Whitsundays and throughout today we will continue our transit through … Continue reading »

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Day 004: Coral Sea (Great Barrier Reef transit)

Day 004: At Sea, Coral Sea (Great Barrier Reef transit) Position: S 22º 10.60′ E 151º 09.60′ Weather: high overcast, 20ºC Last Port: Brisbane, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: Underway in the Coral Sea From the Navigator: In the early hours of this morning, the ship passed 13nm East of Sandy Cape and shortly after … Continue reading »

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Day 003: Brisbane, Australia

Day 003: Brisbane, Australia Position: S 27º 26′ 29″ E 153º 04′ 05″ Weather: cloudy, 14ºC with drizzle starting in the afternoon Last Port: Sydney, Australia Next Port: Singapore Status: at the pier, starboard side to, head in from sea From the Navigator: In the early hours of the morning the local Brisbane pilot will … Continue reading »

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Day 002: South Pacific transit to Brisbane

Day 002: At Sea Position: S 29º 30′ 45″ E 153º 36′ 29″ Weather: clear, 18ºC becoming cloudy by evening Last Port: Sydney, Australia Next Port: Brisbane, Australia Status: Underway in the South Pacific From the Navigator: In the early morning hours we will pass Cape Byron on our port side at a distance of … Continue reading »

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Day 001: Underway from Sydney

Day 001: Underway from Sydney Position: S 33.87 E 151.21 Last Port: Sydney, Australia Next Port: Brisbane, Australia Status: Underway departing Sydney Harbor, NSW, Australia From the Navigator: The ship will let go her mooring lines and once clear will will begin to move astern and swing the bow to port. We will then pass … Continue reading »

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May 16 – Sydney, Australia

At the ferry terminal a unicycling juggler played with fire. Our hotel is right in the middle of downtown. That means office workers, shopping and traffic. Ed’s friend Rick recently wrote an insightful piece about Matthew Flinders, his imprisonment and writings about his cat, Trim. Thoughts of Trim kept him sane while in captivity and … Continue reading »

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Upside down in Sydney Australia

First Impressions A major world city is like every other, except where it’s different. Sydney’s first impressions were: Architecture like Honolulu Landscaping like San Diego Traffic like Seattle (except they drive on the opposite side) Construction like Miami Pedestrians like Washington D.C. Cleanliness like Boston We had to remind ourselves these initial impressions will later … Continue reading »

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