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Deckhand at Long Last

An Honest Day's Work

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Charleston, SC
Friday, May 16th, 2014

Stand To is at 08:00 today. Breakfast is at 07:30. This is exactly like my Pride schedule. Correction – This s exactly like the Deckhand’s schedule on Pride. LOVING IT!

First thing morning is a muster, when everyone learns what to do for the day. I also got to meet another new Deckhand by the Name of Laura. She is Ben’s sister. And so the mighty crew grows and grows. My first task of the day is ………Provisioning! Yes, that is right folks, my first task as a Deckhand is to grocery shop. Being a Deckhand is SO MUCH BETTER than being the Cook. I liked it because I felt quite familiar with the task and I had the upper hand in the crew to do this. I also got a partner in crime. Laura was assigned to provisioning as well. We hit a vegetable stand/farmers market type of thing first for most of my fresh veg, then across the street to general market for the balance of goods. I was right on target budget wise!

I got to make myself useful in stowing the goods and Galley clean-up. However I also got my tail out of bellows decks and did some “honest work” on deck. Before long it was time to meet the rest of the crew that had arrived while provisioning. James and Phil are both Deckhands as well now. And this brings us to eight, which is our final number. We were granted a 60 minute break, while the Coast Guard came for the final approval. Charlie and I walked into a most beautiful part of Charleston. The homes, oh the homes. So lovely. Palm trees all over not to mention the Spanish moss that just drips off of every tree.

After lunch, which I didn’t make, it was time to be shown the entire ship, learn how to do boat checks and go over safety drills. There was a fashion show of Gumby suits (red immersion suits for floating around in cold water) and a fashion competition between James and Ben on who could don their suit the fastest. A good time was had by all. I learned quite a bit of very useful information – most of which I hope to never have to use. Man Over board, Fire and Evacuate the Ship drills. I also learned that I will be part of the “A” watch and that I am #6 when counting off for a head count. In a way it kind of felt like Sesame Street with all of these numbers and letters!

By the way “A” watch consists of just the Captain and myself. Every other watch has three folks in it. Should be interesting. We were informed that we needed to finish cleaning up the ship and to stow Thunder Chief, our rubber small boat. Needless to say that this took a small while to accomplish, as this is only the Chief Mates’ second week with Geronimo. So it is the “slightly vision impaired leading the blind as a rock around”. But we got it done and it looks pretty good to.

This brings it up to dinner time and luckily we were able to Stand Down by 18:00. We went out to a cheap Southern BBQ restaurant and I had totally awesome food. Again I find myself asking why do I live in MN???

We plan on shoving off at 05:00 tomorrow and I have 12:00-4:00 watches. This ship likes to Dog the Watch, which means that I will have to get up at 04:30 for an All Hands on Deck so that we can depart. Once underway, 6:00ish I’m guessing, I can go below and eat and sleep until 11:30. I then have to Stand my Watch from Noon to 16:00. Eat and sleep then I work from 04:00 to 08:00 Sunday morning. More to follow as I’m able. I’m off to bed now and I am unsure when I’m able to post more blogs, but I will try to keep up with the writing of them.

Kit – The Deckhand and Soon to be Underway Again!

Posted by kitcusick 23:21 Archived in USA Tagged deckhand geronimo

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