Travels Down Under:
Manly Beach and Night Patrol …

Sunday, May 1, 2011
* Manly Beach, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia *

After a very relaxing stay at his Couchsurfing host’s home in Manly Beach, Sir Thomas Leaf was very refreshed as it had been one of the most comfortable beds he’s had in his travels for a long time. At Barbara and Wayne’s lovely place, Sir Thomas Leaf had his own room and in ecstasy as Barbara was a gourmet cook making the most wonderous meals. That morning his hospitable hosts took him down to Manly Beach to view the seaside and have a walk down the beach walk to the Manly Beach Market. That afternoon, Lady Barbara made delicious sandwiches and prepared Sir Thomas a sack lunch before heading out for his first night as “Night Guard” on the HMB Endeavour. Lady Barbara dropped Sir Thomas Leaf off at the Apollo Ferry as he would be taking the ferry to work that evening. Sir Thomas found the Ferry ride to work a very panoramic and exhilirating experience as he got to see the back channels of Brisbane. Dropped off at the Riverside Ferry next to where the Endeavour was docked. After checking in, with a team of 3 others, they took on rounds checking the runnings of the ship, making sure no trouble-makers were trying to climb aboard, and monitoring the gear. Each guard would have a 2 hour shift, rotating with others, but on call in case something goes wrong all could be woken up. Often through the night, the ship would separate from the docks and the stairs/gangway would need to be re-set. Getting to see the 20th century deck, where the kitchen and engine room was located was nothing more than an educational experience for Sir Thomas Leaf. Sir Thomas Leaf did stop some drunks from trying to climb over the gate and on board. His first night sleeping in the tight quarters on a hammock gave him an idea of the restless sleep that soon awaited him when he would be headed off as working crew. Once he fell asleep, he had a good night’s rest.

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