Galapagos Islands Journals

Crossing the Line - Endeavour

A December 1998 trip to Galapagos Islands by ChrisJBrady

Quote: The HM Bark Endeavour's motto is for the crew to "Be Excellent to Each Other." So when we reached the Equator on December 24'th, Christmas Eve, at about 13.15. The day before the Captain was heard to remark that "75% of the psychological work had already been done"!!

Crossing the Line - Endeavour

Overview

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"Be Excellent to Each Other" - and this is clearly displayed in the 20'th c. mess deck - is a basic necessity in the rough and tumble physical world of sailing a museum standard tall ship replica of an 18'th c. English coastal collier around the world. Of all the tall ships I have helped to crew (currently totaling 10 to date) this has indeed been one of the most rewarding, and the one from which I have learned the most about myself and other people. Quick Tips: It's a very demanding vessel and the importance of total teamwork - within a watch or between members of other watches an/or the permanent crew - engendered by "being excellent to each other" - is paramount. Anything less could even b...Read More

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Story/Tip

Quote:
"Be Excellent to Each Other" - and this is clearly displayed in the 20'th c. mess deck - is a basic necessity in the rough and tumble physical world of sailing a museum standard tall ship replica of an 18'th c. English coastal collier around the world. Of of all the tall ships I have helped to crew (currently totalling 5 to date) this has indeed been one of the most rewarding, and the one from which I have learnt the most about myself and other people. It is a very demanding vessel and the importance of total teamwork - within a watch or between members of other watches &/or the permanent crew - engendered by "being excellent to each other" - is paramount. Anything less could even be danger...Read More

Full Article - part 2

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

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Crossing the Line We reached the Equator on December 24'th - Christmas Eve - at about 13:15. A few days previous to that a meeting had been held in the Great Cabin amongst those who had already 'graduated.' Unfortunately one candidate for exclusion couldn't provide proof and was smartly ejected from the room. Attempts to eavesdrop with a tape recorder let down near an open window was spotted and the window quickly closed. The anticipation was enhanced when during cleaning stations we accidentally discovered - and smelt - a wicked looking soup of liquidized food leftovers that Robbie the cook had secretly fermented since leaving Panama in a large bucket in the engine room. W...Read More
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Galapagos Well we arrived at Puerto Ayora the next day and spent a couple of hours anchoring in a suitable place in the harbor. The following five days were spent playing tourist, visiting the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Station and on the Devine Ranch, visiting some Lava Tube Tunnels, photographing the marine iguanas and the lava lizards, and watching the pelicans, seals, and frigate birds, and basically exploring the bars and shops. Summary "Excellence To Each Other"? Yes, indeed. And this is one of the main lessons I brought back with me to the everyday world. We could do with more of that in our society. It does matter - very much - and the Endeav...Read More