My sailing period has finished and I am going on leave. And it will be a long leave. The company has decided that I have to use up some of my outstanding vacation days. I have about 8 months of paid leave outstanding and the idea is that I will take six months of that leave now.
The result is that I will fall out of the sailing cycle of the Prinsendam. With each captain doing three on, three on in principle, a six month off period simply does not work.
Thus I will transfer for one or more contracts to the Statendam in October. I love to sail in the summer in Europe; on the other hand to have the opportunity to have the whole summer off is something that is not to be discarded either.
The next daily blog should pop again around 17 October and then we will do Trans Canal cruises from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale.
I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read my daily blog which I hope you found interesting. A special thank you to those readers who took the time to respond to the blogs.
Thank you for the remarks and the questions. I was glad to answer them.
As normal, there will be no daily blog during my vacation period. I do not think that you will be very much interested in “honey-do” list, which seems to be equal in length to my vacation time. Still there will be some activity.
I will be attending some training courses while at home and I might drop a note in, about captains sitting in a school class.
Also I will add some more captains memoirs to the site. There will be two large ones coming, Captain Haagmans who spent 54 years with the company from 1914 to 1958 and Captain Deddes, who was the 2nd captain of the company in 1871. Both families have graciously given permission for publication. Some others will be in the pipe line as families are gathering information. Eventually there will be more information about Capt. Van Deventer and Capt. Timmermans and hopefully quite a few more. Also a few ships biographies will be added. At least both Prinsendam’s and all the Statendam’s.
The company is going to roll out a revamped HAL BLOG site in the near future, so you might want to keep an eye out for that as well. Especially as quite a few of you have automatic updates/links to the site and I do not know if they will still work after the revamp.