Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

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Just messing about in a boat

A bit about me
I have been on, in, under or next to the water ever since I can remember. 1st memory was as a child on the Castle Bianca From Italy to Australia in a storm on the Indian Ocean. Evreyone seasick except me insisting to be fed in the cafateria. Just love the water and boats. 1999 became a commercial ship master.


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pickling foods on board

July 9th 2014 22:40
Simple pickling on board

To save foods that are abundant it is possible to pickle them on board your boat.
Pickling is a simple way of preserving foods using salt, vinegar, sugar and flavourings.
I prefer to pickle foods that I eat often and find cheap in the supermarket. Examples are
I save all my jars and lids from coffee & jams and when the time comes it is simple to pour a little boiling water into the jar, put the lid on and the steam will cleanse it. Tip out the hot water and fill with your pickles. Once the jar is reopened then it is required to keep it refrigerated, till then it is ok on a shelf or deep in a cupboard.
Amounts are guess work as each jar is a different size.

Pickled cucumbers: I use Lebanese style but anything works. rinse them off and if required cut them long ways and across to fit into the jars you have. Into the jar add a table spoon full of salt, a crushed clove of garlic, a table spoon of fresh chopped dill (other herbs work as well) a teaspoon of sugar. Pack the jar tight with cucumbers. Then add the same mix as you put in the bottom. Now you add about ¼ to 1/3 of a jar of white vinegar, possible wine as well. Top off with boiling water to cover everything and screw down the lid. Two days and they are ready to eat
Pickled cabbage: There are hundreds of recipes for this. I make small amounts as I live on my own and the boat only has so much room. Plus I don’t eat a lot of this even though it is one of my national dishes.
One or two whole heads of cabbage. Keep a couple of big outside leaves. Cut the cabbage into coleslaw size. Line the bottom of a pot with some large leaves then put about two cups of sliced cabbage on top. Sprinkle with salt, about three table spoons. Now it is time for tamping. Using the handle of say a hammer, tamp the cabbage against the bottom of the pot. Soon it will give off some juice. When this is nice and mushy add more cabbage. Then again salt then again tamp. Do this till the pot is full or the cabbage is used up. Cover with cabbage leaves. Now a plate with a weight to keep it pressed down. Cover with a cloth to keep the flies and critter out. (not the pot lid as there is going to be some bubbling) Set aside in a cool spot for a couple of weeks. When you feel (or taste) that it is done, put it into jars, screw down the lids and store. Additions can be onions, apples, caraway seeds, dill weed and all sorts of herbs. Goes well with frankfurts and baked or fried pork.
Pickled mushrooms: I use Australian button mushrooms but wherever you are there are lots of opportunity to play with this dish and put your own stamp on it. Basically the same as for pickled cucumbers. I quarter the larger mushrooms or halve the smaller ones. Rinse them. Bottom of the jar table spoon of salt, teaspoon sugar, two or three of chopped dill. Chopped fresh or dried chilli, crushed garlic splash of wine and add mushrooms. ¼ to 1/3 of vinegar and pour boiling water over. Tighten lids on jars and ready in a day or so.
Pickled octopus or squid: ready the squid by cutting into rings or diamond shape with diamond scoring (like in a Chinese dish) Octopus heads separate from the legs (cut off the beak) use all of the squid and octopus including the legs. Put into a pot, cover with water, salt, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and take off the heat immediately. Pour into a colander. Put the octopus or squid into jars, add 50/50 olive oil and white vinegar. Now play as you please. I add chilli & mushroom sauce and a dash of soy with some dill (of course) This recipe can be used for most types of fish as well. Mussels respond to this too.
Bon appétit

The world’s smallest wooden submarine?
In 1854 engineer Otto Gern’s 5 metre long submarine was built and tested in the port of Tallinn Estonia. This was to be Estonia’s first submarine.
wooden submarine

Gern was sent to Tallinn during the Crimean war (1853 – 1856) to strengthen the port’s city defences. Britain & France who were allied to Turkey during the war, had declared a blockade of Russia in the Gulf of Finland. Estonia being a part of Russia at that time. Gern designed and built submarines with the purpose of approaching enemy ship’s and sinking them by attacking them below the water line.
Each submarine was sailed by four crew members. Two were assigned to provide the power by hand operated pedal operating a large flywheel. One was charged with steering and navigating using the periscope and compass. The fourth pumped water and was responsible for the explosives. The project was marked as “satisfactory” though the hull leaked badly and was hard to steer. We don’t know if any ships were attacked. Gern received permission to build more submarines, which he did in St Petersburg.
inside the seaplane harbour

The Maritime museum in Tallinn, housed in a former flying boat harbour, built the working replica. On the 11th of May 2013, the first anniversary of the opening of the seaplane museum the replica was launched officialy.
The most exciting European museum is located in the Seaplane Harbour, where the exhibition in the historical seaplane hangars tells you stories from under the water, on the water and above the water.
The dignified icebreaker Suur Tõll stands by the pier; in 2014, it celebrates its 100th birthday. The ship has been restored to its original exterior and interior state. Laevaköök, which serves dishes from a 100-year-old menu of the ship's crew, is open during the summer months.
There's a wonderful view overlooking the Port of Tallinn from the Seaplane Harbour. You can end your day on the outdoor terrace of café Maru or in the nautical-themed museum shop.


Kihnu John (the wild captain)

June 28th 2014 22:11
Kihnu John
(A sea captain of remarkable ability)
Kihnu is a small island in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia. It is remarkable in many ways but also unremarkable in its size (very small) and its lack of any natural resources except for fish in the surrounding Baltic Sea. The population varies in size and has reached over one thousand but the islanders decided this was too many people and moved some of their people to an even smaller and less remarkable island.
Image of Kihnu John

The men of Kihnu in general are fisherman and sailors. They are away from home for long periods of time so most of the work on the island and the governing of the island is left to the women. They set the pace of life and how people will live. One example of women getting along together is the decision to wear national costume on a day by day basis. It is practical for work and does not show one woman ahead of another in fashion. The island ran as a social government even though it was part of Estonia. So when the communists took over Estonia they found their system already working in a fashion and left well enough alone.
Enn Uuetoa Was born on the 3 December 18884 on Kihnu Island. By the time he was old enough to walk he was sailing to the Estonian mainland to help men fetch rocks in their boats to bring back to the island. Having little timber on the island they cleared land for farmers on the mainland and used the cleared stones to bring back and build houses with over loaded and groaning in the swells the boats sailed the cold waters as aften as they were not out fishing. Enn’s first job would be a the bucket boy. Make sure the leaky boat did not fill up with icy water.
Kihnu Island (off Parnu Estonia)

From this start Enn finally progressed to sailing as a master on a fishing boat from the island. Fishing was a summer job as much of the Baltic would ice up during the winter. Then there was ice fishing or working ashore with the women. Enn discoverd he had a unique knack. He could find his way with out compass or sextant to guide him. Like a pool hall shark that could read the angles of strike of any ball on the table, Enn could judge sun angles and compass angles by site. At this stage Estonia was ruled by the Russian Csar and anything to do with maritime was in the hands of the Russian admirals.
The Russians were using Tallin and other ports in Estonia as major staging points for their trading and fighting fleets. So it was quite natural to have maritime schools also set up there. Enn applied to a college and was accepted as a pupil. After the first couple of days he realised that the college was all about teaching theory of sailing, trading, navigation, crew managment and ship handling. This he thought he already knew, so he convinced the admiral that he was ready to be a captain. On the third day he took out the schools ship and showed how he could sail it and navigate it. He convinced the admiral of his ability and he was then awarded a master ticket for any ship on any sea. Now he would never look back.
However being a wily captain and getting work as a captain were two different things. Most traders had their own captains already who were also part owners of the ships and he found at first work was hard to come by. But he persevered and slowly built up a reputation. At first he was offered old derelicts to captain. Which he did in a most positive manner. He would look at an old ship that was hogging or sagging through overloading or old age and say „what a magificent specimen. She will part the waves and break the ice like a beauty” He had a very positive attitude.
Getting crew for these ships proved to be as difficult as finding a captain. Being Estonian with not much in the way of other lanuages except Russian he was dealing with crew that would speak a Babel of laguages and come from mainly waterside inns where they were no longer welcome as drunks who had run out of money. Many of his crew had never sailed. One day while trying to explain the rigging of his ship to a crew of men who were still partly drunk and could not understand him he decided a unique language that all men understood was required. He removed a pack of greasy used cards from the pocket of one man. Every man new cards and the names of evey card in the deck. So he would pin a card on a piece of rigging and call it by that card name. The men would repeat the card name and forever more on his ships, each piece of main rigging had a name of a card as well as it’s seafaring name.
As his fame grew so did the kind of work he did. He claimed after many years that there was not a sea or an ocean he had not sailed. His other claim to fame was a second nick name, apart from Kihnu John he became known as the Wild Captain. He was renouned for forgiving men their mistakes. Wild drunks and debauchers were all hired by him. „If a man has one problem it does not mean he is not a fit man to work.” When a man was not drunk and his head was clear he would work. And so he became the Wild Captain due to the wild crew he hired. He claimed around the world there is no man that has never sinned. Only Jesus Christ could live by the ten comandments and never break them so let us live and forgive.
Once when crossing the doldrums and the ship was running short of water one of the crew, Antil stole a small cask of precious water and took himself up into the rigging to drink it. He also had a pistol to protect himself from the crew. Waving the pistol around he accidently shot a hole in the barrel and the water escaped so nobody got any. Kihnu John did not berate Antil and let him work as before but the men promised that once ashore they would not come back to this ship.
At the next port the crew asked for wages and dimisal. The wild captain did as the men asked and the next day he was due to sail and had nobody on board but Antil whom he knew was a trouble maker and responsible for the current predicament. But slowly, hanging their heads in shame the rest of the crew came back to the ship and asked for their old jobs back. Once ashore and having drunk their wages they realised their best option was still with the wild captain, Kihnu John.

In 1913 on the 19th of November, during a fierce Autumn storm Kihnu John’s ship „City Rock” on it’s way to Blavadshuki sank with the captain and all seven crew on board perishing. Kihnu John just 29 years old was buried on the coast of Denmark. But in 1992 the residents of the island of Kihnu reclaimed his remains and had their favourite son reburied near the gates of the Kihnu cemetary, opposite a museum dedictaed to him. There also stands a full size wax figure of the captain

An official Soviet-era Estonian author Juhan Smuul described the wild captains feats in a play he wrote and had produced in 1965. A subsequent film produced by Tallinnfilm studios in 1971 called :The Wild Captain: also showed how John or Enn was respected as being the first Estonian captain to sail the seas & oceans in the 19th century.

Destiny the Newcastle sculpture

June 27th 2014 06:28


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P & O cruise on the Pacific Jewel

June 27th 2014 06:10
I December 2013 I again managed to snag a cheap cruise, this time on the Pacific Jewel doing 9 days around the South Pacific (west actually) New Caledonia, Vauatu et all. Great cruise great company.
the P & O ship Pacific Jewel

our cruise area

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Arriving in Australia by ship 1949

June 27th 2014 05:54
I was lucky enough to be one of the migrants to be chosen by the Australian Government to come to Australia with my parents. It was 1949 and I was 3 years old. Mum & dad had survived the second world war. Mum as a refugee from Estonia, escaping the communists and dad as a professional Estonian soldier who fought in three armies and served in a fourth. He also acted as a prison guard in Nurenberg.
As displaced people we were looking for somewhere to settle as the Germans did not want us in their country. So from Germany to Italy by train then from Genoa to Australia by ship.
the Castel Bianca

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Norwegian Star

June 27th 2014 05:43
In April 2013 I departed New Orleans for Copenhagen on a 17 day voyage via Miami, The Portugese Atlantic Islands, England and Sweden.
As I crossed the Atlantic I used noon sites to judge our position and was happy to see I was only about 10 miles out on the GPS.
here is some guff on the ship

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June 27th 2014 05:33
I have bought myself a ferro ketch which I live on now and I am looking at the success of ferro yachts in racing.
Helsal was the most famous and successful of ferro racing yachts and here is a copy of her statistics and some history
Helsal under sail

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Ketch sailing upwind

June 24th 2014 04:02
I have downloaded this from the web for my own edification but you may get value from it

Ketch rig upwind

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Suur TõllAn exciting find for me when in Tallinn
the "Big Troll"
is an Estonian steam-powered icebreaker preserved in the Estonian Maritime Museum in Tallinn. She was originally built for the Imperial Russia in 1914 by AG Vulcan in Stettin, Germany, and named Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich, but in 1917 she was taken over by the Bolsheviks and renamed Volynets. However, in 1918 she was captured by Finland and served as Wäinämöinen until 1922, when she was handed over to Estonia according to the Treaty of Tartu and renamed Suur Tõll. When Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, the icebreaker rejoined the Soviet fleet and was again named Volynets. She remained in service until 1985.
The Soviet Union decided to sell the decommissioned icebreaker for scrap, and she was purchased by the Estonian Maritime Museum in 1987. The ship was given back her original Estonian name and was extensively renovated; Suur Tõll, the largest preserved pre-war icebreaker in the world, is currently moored at Lennusadam, the historical seaplane harbour in Tallinn.
In 1912 the Imperial Russian government organized a request for tender for the construction of a large steam-powered icebreaker designed specifically for the ice conditions of the Baltic Sea. The ship was awarded to a German shipyard Stettiner Maschinenbau AG Vulcan in Stettin, nowadays Szczecin in Poland, and she was ready by the end of 1913. In February 1914 the new icebreaker, named Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich (Царь Миха& #1080;лъ Феод& #1086;ров&# 1080;ч&#1098 after Michael of Russia, arrived at the port of Saint Petersburg for the first time. Two armed icebreakers of similar design, Knyaz Pojarskiy and Kozma Minin were constructed in England in 1915.[3] She was later stationed in Tallinn, Estonia, and assisted ships sailing in the Gulf of Finland.[4

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Comment by TomN
on Super-sized hosties

June 7th 2007 09:31
I sure liked your blog about the "heifers" I have to confess that I am now a rather Hefty "bull" myself after many years of grazing in the top paddock. Great entertainment

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Comment by TomN
on Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

January 10th 2007 05:09
Hi Cibbuano,
funny thing I used to drink rum and bitter lemon before I learnt to drink beer. Lovely refreshing drink. I still like some lemon flavour added to my rum even just plain old pub squash will do.

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Comment by TomN
on Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

January 10th 2007 05:04
Hi Ash
I don't know about getting the skin on my elbow like a babies bottom but I had lemons on my prawns last night and no scurvy this morning! Scurvy is a skin disease I believe so maybe skin and anti wrinkle????

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Comment by TomN
on Believe it or not?

December 26th 2006 19:30
Question Judy? You may even find enough to make a post of this. In my days of being a high flyer and managing to travel around a fair bit at someone elses expense, (pre becoming a Bohemian writer,) I took a keen interest in the hosties on different airlines I travelled with. Lets face it the eye candy was more entertaining than the decor or movies or magazines. I was allways pleased to jump on a Quantas flight and hear our home accent. But was it my imagination or did QF in the eighties, start to hire some big heifers? Perhaps it was the fact that they were holding on to well trained girls and these in turn due to good living became too wide for the aisles of the aircraft. Parhaps it was me balooning out? Asian girls are all slim and svelt like, most European (and I include British in that) are easy on the eye and can walk past without bumping you.
Because I am a big bloke I try for the aisle seat and notice this more and more. Being banged by a hip every time I take a cup or glass to my lips is not fun. I could understand if I had made some offensive comment but maybe there was a code that the girls had. "Get this bugger in row 16"?
Are you on holiday at the moment? I am looking forward to your next post.

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you are getting into an area I don't know much about here. Like the monkeys on one island learn a trick and within weeks, without any contact whats-o-ever monkeys on neighbouring islands have learned the same trick?
Any how poofs give me the shits and I frankly don't care a rat's arse about them unless they are good mates of mine. I don't have many mates and I guess that could be the reason.

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I understand where you are coming from and though I don't look at every site on Orble those people that write like that have either dropped in ratings or some have picked up. whenever lundyn or any of his mates has any kind of sexual encounter on my site my hit rate is up and so is the voting.
Whenever I write about or praise women on my boating site my site is in comparison inundated.
Does this mean to be successful I should just spend my time writing about women being a success?
I think one guy in particular is having sex for the first time in ages and is just mad about it and that is that. As for witing hard or soft porn I have a goal to be Australia's best erotic writer. many people still think that erotic has to be some kind of porn. No!

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Hmm? I wonder often about people coming out. Some do it purely for the attention seeking. Maybe this is the case but I do know some fat out of fashion poofs.

Why "sucks" these days as a term? Poofs suck and girls suck. I was just on the phone to an ex girlfriend who told me that because of the way I treated her when we broke up she would never suck off another man again! shit was I supposed to be worried or what. As barely eighteen I don't want you to act as an agony aunt for a sixty year old, but I do find some modern/current/fashionable things almost out of date.
Cheers mate keep up the good work.

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 20:39
Once you get up north in the real outback you have to realise one of the reasons why the beaches are bare is because crocs live there. An unfortunate thing in Oz that we have the odd bitey and it gets to live pretty well wherever it likes.

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 03:37
Thanks for the comment Nina, not only does it relieve stress but it is just the best place to hide without having to get under a rock!

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 03:34
Hi Ash, thanks for coming by. I guess you are seeing lots of quiet beaches on your current quest?

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