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Reiseblog 20/21

Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW…

Datum: 05.04.2021
Autor: Julius M.
Position: Folkestone
Nautische Position: 51°03´3 N, 1°07,75 E
Miles in total: 14.116 NM
To start my last daily report, I didn’t have any idea what to write. So I got some help from Karun. He had the idea to write about snow because today in the morning we had our first snow on the Pelican.


Snow is a thing that always reminds me of winter time. Normally in winter I enjoy the winter holiday around Christmas, a time with my family. But this year I spent the time with the OC-Family. It’s a crazy experience to celebrate Christmas in the Caribbean and having the first snow in April. Especially in the last days we had really good skiing weather and most of us were a bit confused by the point that we had no mountains around us, but water. Also our messroom feels a littlebit like a skiing cottage.

Hanging out together

Every time you come in, you will see some of us sitting in their sleeping bag with a cup of tea and cuddling their hot water bottles. Apart from that, we are all freezing our asses off because here in Folkestone we have temperatures around 2°C (which means, it gets also very cold inside)!

Chilling in the messroom

BUT because this voyage is coming to an end soon, we are all hugging and cuddling each other very much and all the time LIKE A FAMILY.

Playing the saxophone

Funfact: We ate more soup in the Caribbean than we eat now.
We were also climbing today and all of us were out on the yards. On our way back down, some could not open their clips any more because our hands were just dying in the cold wind (Tamsin just laughed at us, at this point).

Bald ist es soweit

Datum: 04.04.2021, Ostersonntag
Autor: Manasse
Position: Folkestone
Nautische Position: 51°03´3 N, 1°07,75 E
Miles in total: 14.116 NM 


Noch sechs Tage. Es ist ein sehr komisches Gefühl, dass in so naher Zeit schon vorbei sein soll. Ich kann mich noch genau an den Anfang erinnern, wo alles so neu war. Neue Menschen, neuer Tagesablauf, neuer Ort. Am Anfang konnte man kaum glauben, dass man jetzt wirklich irgendwo auf dem Meer war und um die Welt segelte.

Alle neuen Dinge schienen so unglaublich, alles schien so aufregend. Delfine, fliegende Fische, leuchtendes Plankton und dann noch die ersten neuen Länder, erstmal nur Europa, doch die Länder wurden immer tropischer. Von Zeit zu Zeit lernte man sich besser kennen. Man gewöhnte sich an die ungewöhnten Schlafrhythmen, an die Umgebung, an das Schwanken, an den beschränkten Platz. Und so kam es, dass sich alles normal anfühlte.

Schüler im Rigg

Als wäre es ganz normal, mit einem Segelschiff um die Welt zu tuckern. Und dann kam irgendwann die Karibik. Wir waren alle superglücklich. Nach drei Wochen auf See hatten wir es wirklich endlich geschafft. Wir waren an Orten, die man sonst nur aus dem Fernsehen kennt. Blauer Himmel, meilenweite Sandstrände, super Wetter. Man entdeckte neue Kulturen, neue Menschen, neue Tiere, neue Orte. Nun war man wieder an komplett ungewohnten Orten und es gab wieder viel Neues zu entdecken.


Dadurch, dass wir nie wirklich lange an einem Ort waren, war es nie langweilig. Alles blieb ständig in Bewegung. Der Ort, der mich in der Karibik am meisten fasziniert hat, war Costa Rica. Hier waren wir nämlich auch im Regenwald. Der Regenwald ist ein komplett ungewohntes Habitat. Es wirkte, als wären wir in einer Doku: Affen, Papageien, Kakaobäume, gigantische Palmen. Uns wurde die Natur sehr nahegebracht. Bis zu den Azoren raste die Zeit einfach an uns vorbei. Wir erlebten weiterhin unvergessliche Tage. Und sahen weiterhin unfassbare Dinge. Es würde weit mehr als eine Seite brauchen, um das alles aufzuzählen.

Boxtraining an Land

Und jetzt soll alles schon vorbei sein. Bald wird man einfach aus dem Nichts ins normale Leben gerissen. Bald hat man wieder einen ganz normalen Alltag. Doch ich glaube, die Reise hat einem viele neue Aspekte im Leben gezeigt, die man auch in seinen Alltag einbauen kann. Man hat neue Freunde dazugewonnen und neue Fertigkeiten erlernt und die Welt mal aus einem ganz anderen Winkel betrachtet. Vielleicht legt man jetzt auch auf andere Werte einen größeren Schwerpunkt als zuvor und andere Dinge bedeuten einem nicht mehr so viel. Man lernt Dinge deutlich mehr zu schätzen wie Familie und Freunde. Aber auch die sonst im Alltag so selbstverständlichen Dinge wie ein eigenes Zimmer, Internet, gutes Essen oder Zeit. So bin ich einerseits traurig, dass es wirklich so schnell ging, doch anderseits freue ich mich auch auf zu Hause. Denn es gibt auch dort sehr viele Dinge, die man erleben kann.

Ostereiermalen in der Messe

The Encyclopedia of the Pelican crew fish

Date: 03.04.2021
Author: Max-Eliot
Position: South of the Rostbeef Island coast
Nautical Position: 50° 02.4 N  003° 33.7 W
Total: 13´891 nm
This scientific work is the result of the long years (six months) of studies and observation of the brilliant and handsome zoologist Dr. Professor Newt-Eliot Scamanterst, made on the endemic and native aquatic creatures found on the Pelican of London shipwreck. It contains the description of the five main beings of the Pelican. You can find the drawings resulting from the observations he made at the end of the book. It is a book, made to allow the normal humans to understand these fantastic beasts. The author of this masterpiece hopes, you‘ll find it intersting and helpful.

The Chris-fish (Capitanus submarinus christus)

The Chris-fish is the leading fish of  the Pelican wreck. He comes out twice a day: from 08:00-12:00 and from 20:00-00:00. He may come out if he‘s been woken up by the Faffing-worm or the Burpsin-Cod, but stays most of the time in his cabin listening to celtic music. The Chris-fish can also be found at much deeper depths. His spherical bodystructure allows his body to endure a pressure found at 1500m depths! His spikes allow him to be nearly unharmed to any danger. The only danger to him is the Patrik-salmon, a Swedish fish who migrates to the Pelican during the summer. The Patrik-salmon is able with his powerful and long jaws to now and then pinch the Chris-fishs fins and hurt him very badly. Luckily for our dear capitanus, this attack isn‘t deadly. His favourite shanty is Paddy lay back.

The Faffing-worm (Vormius clownus simonimus)

The faffing-worms main activity is making fun of the other inhabitants of the Pelican wreck.  His observation was especially difficult, as he made lots of fun of the poor Dr. Scamanderst. He comes out of the Pelican many times during the day, never missing the, in his mind, obligatory smoko, but the best time to observe him is from 04:00-08:00 and from 16:00-20:00. Though his personality is mainly defined by his „humour“, he can also be very serious when it comes to the security of the Pelicans inhabitants. But this seriousness is most of the time very brief and replaced in less then a second by a big smile. Concerning diseases, he is often caught by a flap-cough: His cough sounds as if he would shout flap-jack. The cause of this illness is to this day still unknown. His main fuel consists of coffee. He is also very fond of the sweet whipped cream, a speciality of the Cook(ed)-fish.
His favourite shanty is Randy Dandy Oh.

The Burpsin-cod (Pisca burpia tamsininae )

The Burpsin-cod is a very peculiar fish. Most of the small fish are quick and silent so as to avoid predators. The Burpsin-cod on the other side isn‘t silent at all. It releases quite regularly big loud burps. It might be a result of the ridiculous amout of coffee, the Burpsin-cod has to drink, to wake up for his watch, but this theory waits for further data to be proven.
Out of the officers, the Burpsin-cod is the one which comes out the least: from 00:00-04:00, from 10:30-11:00 and from 12:30-16:00. Neverless, when it comes out and had his 35 liters of coffee, it becomes one of the most jolly fishs of the Pelican. His favourite shanty is the Rolling ship.

The John-anchovy (Piscus cigarettus johnnus)

This fish, originally from northern Ireland, has settled in the Pelican only a couple of months ago but has already become a vital part of the wreck. He is mainly dayactive and spends most of it‘s time either in the bathrooms, constantly repairing the Pelicans heads (always accusing the poor Dr. of blocking them) or outside smoking. He used to be accompanied by a Cadet-fish, called gadget and mainly used for unblocking the toilets. But it seems that the gadgets migrated to bigger wrecks, unblocking bigger toilets. His favourite shanty is Friggin in the Riggin.

The Cook(ed)-fish (Whippa cremae Abbientis)

This is probably the most important fish of the Pelican wreck for it provides the food for all the inhabitants. It is a dayactive fish that rarely comes out, only for smoking with the Faffing-worm. It spends most of its time in the ships kitchen called Galley. It‘s natural shy behaviour and main activity made it especially difficult to observe and study. Neverless with patience, the Cook(ed)-fish opens up and becomes a very friendly and lovely fellow.
Her favourite shanty is Silence in the green mile.



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