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Grey Funnel Line

a travel blog by kevlaw


Free travel! Courtesy of Her Majesty's Royal Navy.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom


Joined HMS Southampton as an 18yr old Weapon Engineering Artificer (Apprentice)

permalink written by  kevlaw on July 5, 1984 from Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Here! I'm off to sunny Spain!

Santander, Spain


Took the ship for a long weekend in the Basque Country.

Had my first cappucino. My first olive. First time I was rescued from a windsurfer (no wind - current took me away). First time I even fell asleep in a night club because I had not slept for three days.

Wonderful time.

permalink written by  kevlaw on August 7, 1984 from Santander, Spain
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We are Sailing!

Portsmouth, United Kingdom


Took two attempts to get going. First attempt was aborted when we hit and sunk the famous Shambles Buoy off Portland Bill.

permalink written by  kevlaw on September 1, 1984 from Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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I am a Rock

Gibraltar, Gibraltar


My first run in with a Barbary Ape.

permalink written by  kevlaw on October 1, 1984 from Gibraltar, Gibraltar
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Bobbing along, bobbing along

Deadwood, Saint Helena


Was actually Ascension Island (but that's not on the map).

Have you ever seen shitfish? Like piranhas but not nearly so cuddly. And hungrier.

Received my Crossing the Line certificate from King Neptune himself.

permalink written by  kevlaw on October 11, 1984 from Deadwood, Saint Helena
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We're going to a party way down south

Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)


Banned from all four pubs in Port Stanley. Didn't step on any landmines. Savaged by neither sheep nor penguin.

Trivia: My Dad wanted to move to the Falklands in 1981. My mum said no. They got divorced soon after.

permalink written by  kevlaw on November 15, 1984 from Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
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No more heroes anymore

Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands


Paid my respects at the grave of Sir Earnest Shackleton, Adventurer. Hero.

permalink written by  kevlaw on January 1, 1985 from Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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P..P..P..Pick up a penguin

Stromness, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands


Narrowly escaped being savaged by fur seals, dive-bombed by skuas, drowned in elephant seal saliva and fluffed by baby king penguins

South Georgia was voted Most Beautiful Place in the World, January 1985.

permalink written by  kevlaw on January 12, 1985 from Stromness, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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Alone on a wide wide sea

Darwin Settlement, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)


More sheep. More penguins.

Spent a lot of time sitting inside a 30mm Oerliken. A lot more studying for a Math A level.

Was ship Cribbage Champion.

permalink written by  kevlaw on February 1, 1985 from Darwin Settlement, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
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Show me the way to go home

Deadwood, Saint Helena


Was s'posed to go to Antigua, but trip was cancelled.

permalink written by  kevlaw on March 1, 1985 from Deadwood, Saint Helena
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