We owe a big thank you to the people of Bunbury, including the more than 2,000 schoolchildren, who came down to the ship to support us whilst we were
there. We also owe a big vote of thanks to the Bunbury Harbour Master and his staff and the Bunbury Men’s Shed for all the assistance they provided
during our stay. Thank you everybody!
We had our last influx of visitors between 0900hrs and 1000hrs and then the crew spent the next three hours changing the ship over from its museum mode
to its seagoing mode, taking the lashings off the sails and preparing the cannon for firing. The cannon was fired promptly at 1330hrs and then
it was time to let go. With an ideal wind direction we decided to try sailing off the berth, however the engines had to be used very briefly shortly
after letting go to build up a little speed for steerage.Once clear of the harbour, the remainder of the sails were set and we headed up to the northwest
with a nice breeze bringing our speed up to 3.5 kts.
During the afternoon the breeze continued to increase and by sunset we were averaging well over 5 kts. Our evening meal provided, by our cook Mark,
was chicken pie with mashed potato and gravy and followed by strawberries and cream for desert – a big improvement on the food the 16th century sailors
would have had!.