Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

14 February 2012

Our 1960 Journey to A New Life in New Zealand. 4.

This is a diary from 1960. The actual entries are in typewriter font. Added comments are in red. The photographs are from that date, some in colour (expensive in those days).

 [Pat having lifeboat drill.]

16th January

Now well into Med. [Mediterranean Sea] Very strong head winds causing much pitching but very little roll. Passed Ibiza to starboard at midday. Majorca at 2200. Seagulls with the ship since the 12th. they keep station with us but never land on the ship.

[Hardly likely to have been the same seagulls since Southampton!]

17th January

Woke at 0400. Ship is pitching violently, sat up in bed eating an apple and reading. [Neither of us ever suffered from sea sickness]. Force 9 gale when we arrived on deck with heavy seas on port beam. Church services cancelled. Later moderated a great deal and we had a concert on records - Beethoven’s 1st. Tchaikowsky’s violin concerto by David Oistrach.

Dead calm at 2300. Genoa at 0600 tomorrow. Now off C.Ferrat and C.d’Antibes.


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