St Nazaire, France
47 17N 002 12W The day began early for the Da Zhong crew and BigLift people. It was still dark when I looked out of my cabin window at 0645hrs and another vessel alongside. Two of the shipïs three cranes were rigged with lifting straps, ready to lower under the ship. The straps then had to be slipped along underneath and checked by a diver before raising could begin. The two cranes then worked in conjunction to raise, turn it sideways to pass between tem, brought in and turned back facing forwards. They then had to move it forward over the holding frame that was constructed for it. After some adjustments to the frame, the ship was then lowered down. The ship then had to be secured with wedges and lashings. The task was finally completed at about 1400hrs. My view of Duyfken from my cabin window is now gone. At 1630hrs, with the pilot and two tugboats in attendance, the Da Zhong slowly left the dockside and once again negotiated the bridges and narrow canal (which is, in reality, a lock). By 1800hrs, we left the outer harbour and headed for the open sea. The weather was sunny and warm and the sea calm as we said farewell, or should I say bonjour, to St Nazaire and France, while we headed for our next port of call in Italy.