Yesterday, at approximately 15:30, we spotted the Rock (Gibraltar) and for next three hours all onboard could enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Morocco on one side and Spain on the other.
At 19:00 TSES had passed Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Atlantic ocean.
All on board remain in good spirits, but some signs of homesickness have begun to emerge. This is totally understandable given that some of these mariners left home eighty days ago.
I visited the machine shop today and observed deck engineer Jules Schaefer giving lessons in the use of a mill lathe to engineering cadets. The machine shop is very well maintained and equipped. There is no piece of equipment that you cannot find here: metal lathes (they have three of them), mill, grinders, drills, vises, multiple welding gear - they have it all. Those students willing to learn can obtain very valuable skills in that shop.
Last, the ship’s clock was reversed one hour today hence everybody onboard got one extra hour of sleep.
Until next time,