Swings And Roundabouts
My fellow Magneteer and I were allocated cabins on the ship we were loading. Following reports from Janecki z Krakowa whose misfortune it was to be assigned to the ship for a couple of nights during our last trip, we had mixed feelings about this.
Ushered into cabins in which none of the wall plugs worked, we were off to a good start. We moved cabins and settled in after a long day getting to almost the other side of the world, but, as Mr Johnson's snap attests, the sun rose the next morning and we got on with the job.
Rather than a blow-by-blow account of every meal, a composite picture will suffice to illustrate the menu on board. I have lost several pounds this last trip.
Judging by the bars on all the windows, I would guess that this particular general cargo ship regularly runs the gauntlet through many of the waters affected by acts of piracy.
However, in temperatures and humidity exceeding the mad dogs and Englishman range, we weren't looking forward to sitting in the tent on deck with a couple of fans that would function only as hairdryers. It was an exhausting couple of hours in the sun just setting up the equipment. Luckily, the dayshift foreman, Jelle, from WIND Cable Services and who was here on my last visit to Donghae, saw our predicament and generously offered us his spare air-conditioned cabin to work in. Equipped with a fridge, comfy seats, and sunscreens, it was a luxury we Magneteers rarely, if ever, encounter. The week would have been murderous without it. I think I've remarked before that the offshore cable industry is quite a small world; I'd met and worked with Jelle and one of his teams aboard the Nexus back in 2018 (see Niederlande und Deutschland).
The crew picture at the close of business. With just one more shipborne culinary adventure to go before whizzing back to Incheon, making a beeline for the wonderful Korean restaurant I mentioned in Last Notes From Korea and getting a good night's sleep before the fourteen-hour flight home, we packed up our gear and said our au revoirs.
I can't say I was unhappy to be back in Incheon. Stuff to know: Korean and Asiana airlines don't accept UK registered credit cards. We spent a nervous forty-eight hours wondering if our chosen upgraded seats would in fact be reserved for us, as not being able to pay on-line prevented the checking in process from completing until we got to the airport. Happily, our selections were honoured, and a UK credit card was accepted at the airline's desk.
At home, the job hampering progress on the Special was the accelerator cable. I'd made this up but hadn't resolved how to finish the pedal end and secure the copper tube in which the cable runs. A couple of false starts and why-did-I-do-that moments took up most of the day.
The net result was that I was able to finish the pedal box and bolt everything down, hopefully for the last time.
The battery isolator switch was also able to be secured. If I remember correctly, the scuttle mounting nuts are Austin 7 stock - what comes around.....