Headed down to Williamstown yesterday to see the MY Steve Irwin. While there, I was very pleasantly surprised to find the MV Brigitte Bardot was also in port.
Before heading down, I had a check of what they were requiring (there is always a list of needed supplies), and found some woodworking-related items on there, so took them about 4x 10″ saw blades, a couple bottles of yellow PVA glue, some Tung Oil, and two boxes of router bits (1/2″ and 1/4″).
Guess it isn’t a lot, but it all counts.
Got to tour both ships which bought back lots of memories. The Steve Irwin was originally built in 1977, around 11 years newer than one of the ships I served on, but still has a similar feel to the decor. Strangely, it still had speaking tubes installed – a common way to communicate with the lower deck areas (such as the engine room or Captain’s quarters). Something more usual on ships from WW2 than ones built in the late 70s!
The Brigitte Bardot is an interesting vessel, but sadly it isn’t an Earthrace/Ady Gil. With a maximum speed of 24 knots, it is nothing compared to the top (short run) capability of 50 knots. (Our tour guide claimed it was 28 knots, but there is no way something that looks like this can only do 28 knots! That’s only 52 kph)
The basic ship tours don’t get you down to my old (equivalent) stomping grounds, (being the engine room/MCR (machinery control room)) but perhaps I might have another chance to do so before they sail on the next campaign. Have to see if there are any other tools I can take down there.