Explorer of the Seas & Balmoral
Just two ships on the 8th November 2019, when there was only supposed to be just Balmoral.  Due to bad weather in the Atlantic, Explorer was delayed by four days resulting in the following repositioning missing four ports.  She arrived for 8pm the previous night.  Both were scheduled to sail at 4.30pm.  It was freezing, the wind bitter.  Oliver B was replacing Jenny Blue of the Hythe ferry run and the light was gorgeous as the sun set.  The rubbish barge finally left Explorer around that time and she threw her ropes shortly afterwards.  Balmoral was late, the fuel bunker not finishing until about ten to five, so went up to the Lower Swinging Ground to turn instead of going astern due to the car carrier, Traviata, sailing at 5pm.

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© Patricia Dempsey 8th November 2019
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