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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sink or Swim - Lifeboat drill

Now some of you know at times I'm a real scardey cat
As much as I put on brave face - especially when flying
I have been known to worry about things going wrong

Lets just say when I get onto a boat/ship the first thng I check
is where the lifejackets are and also where the lifeboats are

So off we go to Alaska in August on the Zuiderdam
and on my first venture round the deck
I spot this little number

Not going to get many in there is my first thought
Don't be daft my dear one says
look at your room card
Boat number 2 is ours

So off we go to lifeboat muster -without lifejackets this sailing
Rules have changed for this drill because theres nothing worse
(or dangerous)
than trying to make your way up and down
the inside stairs and passageways
(unless its a real emergency lol)
complete with a bulky lifejacket

So we make our way to Station Number 2
Not that one says Dh - it says 4

So are you telling me that we are down further
in that little tiddly one I saw earlier
Surely that can't be ours :(

Oh, we came from the other direction
and the number is painted on that big one up above
At the end facing the station number
Relief after all :))

The day we arrive in Skagway and are getting ready to go ashore
I notice some movement along the line of lifeboats
down below our deck
The lifeboats are starting to be lowered off the side of the ship
Love that relection on the verandah panels
Right on down to the water they go.

Oh goody - they have roofs
I wont get wet if we have to use them

Hush Catherine - those thoughts are not necessary lol
My dear one stayed in the room longer and saw them reach the water
It was good to know the crew does practise their lifeboat drill
Now I've told you that a short while after that
we took the Marine Atlantic ferry Joseph and Sarah Smallwood 
from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland

Can you imagine
my surprise - joy - feelings
 when I saw the size of 'this' lifeboat lol

This is my post for Watery Wednesday
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  1. Interesting post, Cathy, the life boats look very different from what I expected. Enjoy your cruise!

    Recently a post of mine didn't show up on Blogger's list for 7 hours.

  2. Hi Cathy,

    The little tiny "lifeboat" is a rescue boat. It is used when the crew needs to get to the water quickly to pull someone or something out of the water. ;) Hopefully, it will only be used for "oscar drills" (man overboard drills) while you are there. ;)

    I am enjoying your cruise pictures! I'm glad you put another post on for this with the link. I didn't see it in google reader, either. :(


  3. How fun to be on a cruise. I have never been on one for my own personal fear of deep waters. All the same though I do think it would be nice to try sometime. It is good to know that the crew practices those drills. Very reassuring.

    Blessings to you.

  4. How exciting it must have been! Love the contrasts with the tiny and the big boats :)


  5. What an interesting post and great shots to go along with it. I don't think I ever thought about the crew doing practice drills.

  6. They are neat lifeboats and they also used them to take us to shore on certain cruises.

  7. What an interesting post Cathy. The lifeboats seems fairly big and fancy... not like those in the Titanic :).

  8. The ship certainly is well equipped, for those waters you have to be and need to be well versed in procedure so you just DO in an emergency without having to think. Thinking time in those situations is usually at a premium.

  9. A drill is always important. Great capture and those ship are huge. Happy Wednesday!
    Watery Wednesday


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