Di Carrara, Italy
Latitude 44 02N Longitude 10 02.7 E The day began cloudy but fine, and the Da Zhong crew, local stevedores and Biglift people are finishing loading ú mostly huge crates bound for Dampier and the Woodside tran project at Karatha. Since leaving France, we travelled down the coast of Portugal, through the Strait of Gibraltar, passing mountainous land on both sides. Spain on the port side and Morocco to starboard. Meanwhile, I have been oiling the inside planks of the hold and the constableïs cabin (tiller flat). Checking the lashings and wedges, and keeping Duyfken washed down with seawater. The inside of the ship looks alive now it as been oiled, the wood giving off a wonderful glow. We arrived at Marina Di Carrara, Italy at 1800hrs on 10 October, having had lots of rain since passing through the strait. It is Autumn here! Marina Di Carrara must be the Marble Capital of Italy. There is a large rectangle in front of a church in the city, fully paved entirely with marble, with a marble fountain at one end. It is probably larger than an Olympic swimming pool. Some of the pavements are also crazy paved with marble. Even the breakwaters are paved with marble. The mountains above the city show great scars where the marble has been carved out. The Da Zhong cast off the moorings with the pilot and tugboats in attendance. She then left for the open sea again, down the west coast of Italy, headed for the suez canal.