So here we are again, writing today's ship log as a member of C watch. It's a little different this time though. I'm more experienced this time around and after failing to make it to Nova Scotia last year can fully appreciate making it to Ellis Island today. The past week has been one of the happiest for me in a long time which is kind of a big deal for me.
However, the subject of this entry is tonight, the day before it, and the hours since our last, so let's get into that. Last night, Victor and I went over the Midshipman's hitch in detail. I brought my time down, to under 6 seconds and Victor learned it for the first time from me...unless it doesn't hold in which case I don't know who taught him that hitch. After a restful night we left Roseway to ferry to Ellis Island. The place left me in awe as I contemplated how it must have felt to be sorted and quarantined to gain access like my ancestors were. After Ellis Island we took the same ferry to the Statue of Liberty which was an absolute madhouse. The drinking water was cold though so I can't complain too much.
After our day off deck, I was happy to see Roseway and more excited to nap in the Fish until watch and evening muster. The air is filled with ukulele music and laughter.
To family, friends, and loved ones of our intrepid crew, I would like to extend my gratitude. The people with me in the Fish are amazingly wise and have a thirst for knowledge and strive to prove it with a passion that makes them excel in whatever task it is we assign them. They are all excellent sailors and I appreciate them all more and more each day. As of now we are preparing for the trip back. Boston, your kids - now skilled sailors - are coming home. This is Brandyn signing off.