Greetings from Albert and Herbert on board the sailing ship Duyfken. We are currently 50 miles SE of Cape York, doing a speed of approx 1.5-2 knots with the wind on the port side. How has this experience differed from the Navy? Firstly she is a sailing ship and requires lots of energy and hard work to sail her, unlike our modern Navy ships where most work is done by the engines. Due to the amount of water carried onboard, full showers are not permitted, crew are encouraged to use sea water for showers. As for us smokers, we are not allowed to smoke onboard until we arrive at Cooktown. Overall we are learning a lot and enjoying the challenge and recommend interested persons try it out, especially the Navy guys. Well, over to you guys, have a beer and a smoke for us, until you hear from us again. "The Naval Tourists"
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