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Date: 12.02.2021
Author: Franka
Position: Atlantic, on the way to Bermuda
Nautical Position: 27°33,1 N 073°41.2W
Etmal: 191 (total: 9987nm)
In our English lessons we got the task to gather words that we’ve learned on the ship so far. We also had to come up with an explanation of the word and another sentence to show, that we know how to use the word in context. I think it can be interesting for you to see, if you already know the words of our everyday life. These are the words that I wrote down:

students having fun in the galley

    • purpose (n.) = to do something for a reason and with a goal.
      Walk with a purpose!
    • proper (adj.) = if something is real, correct or socially respectable.
      Wear proper shoes.
    • faff (n.) = spend time in ineffectual activity.
      Stop faffing around!
    • jam (v.) = squeeze or pack tightly into a specified square.
      Don’t jam your fingers.

Deckhand work

    • obey (v.) = submit to the authority of someone or comply with a law.
      Obey any following rules.
    • peg (n.) = a short pin or bolt, typically tapered at one end, that is used for securing something in place, hanging things on, or marking a position.
      Simon, where are the pegs?
    • helm (n.) = a tiller or wheel for steering a ship or boat.
      Would you mind steering a strait course on the helm.
    • mortgage (n.) = a legal agreement by which a bank, building society, etc. lends money at interest in exchange for taking title of the debtors property, with the condition that the conveyance of title becomes void upon the payment of the debt.

Kilian cleaning the wheelhouse

      I have a mortgage.
    • decent (adj) = an other word for good.
      I treat my ship in a decent way.
    • steer (v.) = guide or control the movement of a vessel/vehicle.
      Steer at the helm, please.
    • thunder (n.) = a loud rumbling or crashing noise heard after a lightning flash due to the expansion of rapidly heated air.
      Did you hear the thunder?
    • mooring (n.) = a place where a boat or ship is moored or the ropes to which a ship are moored.

Franka in the rigg

      The great ship slipped her moorings and slid out into the Atlantic.
    • air conditioning (n.) = a system for controlling the humidity, ventilation and temperature in a building or vehicle, typically to maintain a cool atmosphere in warm condition.
      The air conditioning isn’t working.
    • duty (n.) = a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility
      Who is on galley duty today?
    • mate (n.) = a friend or companion
      Who is your best mate?
    • muster (v.) = gather for an inspection.
      Muster on the Welldeck.

the garbage of the ship

• gather (v.) = come together
      Gather in the Messroom.
    • belay (v.) = fix running rope round a pin.
      Haul taught and belay.
    • Haul (v.) = pull or drag with effort
      Haul on this rope!
    • outstanding (adj) = exceptionally good
      Outstanding performance!

student tries to clean the RIB

PS.: Today at 13:45:11 we reached 10´000 nautical miles since the beginning of Ocean College 20/21
PPS.: Liebe Grüße an den liebsten Bruder der Welt. Ich hab dich ganz doll lieb.

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