|Same-same but different.|
I boarded the good ship Bahia on the afternoon of the 23rd in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Trapped on board until sailing time because the port authorities won't let you 'go ashore' again once checked in. I went well supplied with extra rations, just in case. The Bahia was remarkably similar to the others, Tanzania and Cap Cleveland in shape and size. There were two notable differences; it had a lift between decks ( luxury ) and it was carrying a 'stable' of six horses. If they had been on the Cap Cleveland we would probably have eaten them.
The Captain this time was, surprisingly, a Scotsman called Peter Handley. Not many Brits on freighter vessels nowadays, I was told. The remaining officers were predominantly eastern European and the crew, as normal, Philippinos. We set sail at about 2030hrs, or however many 'bells' that is.
More to follow after a few days in Sydney. I will be on the lookout for boomerangs, billabongs, XXXX, didgeridoos, Sydney Opera House and things with which to tie my kangaroo down, sport.
No worries, mate!