Author: Nathaniel (Nate)
Position: St. Georges, Bermuda
Geograhical Position: 32°22’714 N 064°40,87 W
Ship: Pelican of London
A hopeful Ship
For weeks we have been laying in port at St George’s Bermuda. And we all know how reliable Pelican is, when it comes to problems: She loves getting broken! After an electrician had been here, we got good news, that our generators seemed to be working after all. Since then, we have been told many times that we weren’t sure if the generators would really work. But hour after hour our moral grew, as we all noticed, that there were no further uncontrolled problems. There were some mutters about really leaving on Thursday morning. Hopefully, we wrote our final shopping lists for what to buy for the Atlantic crossing for the last time. Last frozen yoghurts stops were planned.
Visiting the archaeological site
A few days ago, some of us talked to some university students of archaeology, who were working on an old building which belonged to a former Gouverneur of the town and which was also used for many other purposes too. Since it was the first day of digging you couldn’t see big progress, but with our help they could lift the first stones after 20-30 minutes. On the bottom of the stone plates we could see the letter “H” and three lines. Shortly after the second stone was lifted, you couldn’t see anything written in it. Lots of us really enjoyed working with an archaeological student team. Philip had lots of fun getting the big stones out of the earth and looking for any inscriptions on them.
Evening Meeting with the everyone on the ship
In the evening we had a really important meeting. At first Benno told us how impressed he was, that everyone was helping the bosun’s and the engineer in their free time. After that we had a serious talk about what we would want from the professional crew because some of us were unhappy with the situation. A lot of us were annoyed that we weren’t told enough about what happens behind the scenes. But this problem could be solved with Benno telling us, that he only tells us what is actually going on shortly after he is told. This enlightened the mood a little bit. Another problem was that we felt kind of trapped due to the school in the morning and maintenance in the afternoon for this day. Only really early in the morning and late in the evening we were allowed to leave the ship for an hour or two. During this time you really couldn’t do anything interesting like going to Hamilton or visiting Dockyard. This was noted by the teachers and on the next day we had a full afternoon shore-leave. This made everyone much happier and everyone is very much looking forward to the days to come.
Nate: Greetings go to…
…my mom, who really encouraged me to go onto this great adventure.
…my dad, who helped me getting my technical equipment like USB-sticks and powerbanks.
…my aunt Nore, who I could talk to how excited I am about doing everything on board … my neighbours Paul, Luise and Julia, who showed me that I’m being awaited anxiously at home.
…. my best friends Friedrich and Nils, who are always interested in where I am and when I will come back home.