Pelican is surveyed to take 33 passengers on board when working within 30 NM of the coast or a safe haven. The acronym in the title stands for Persons on Board. Every time we have passengers on board there is, of course, a head count. A crew member then writes the numbers on our board in the main cabin. We can only take 27 passengers as we have 6 crew, which includes my daughter Aurora.

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So today, the Pelican made three sea journeys, with the intention of getting as many of the kids who are now camped on Connie's Beach a sail. So, not counting crew, we managed to take the maximum of 81 passengers. This did not cover everyone but it was a good start!

Here are a few pictures from the day. Tomorrow will be a memorial service for Peter Malcolm, one of the core Pelican crew, who died last year. Peter had forged a very special relationship with Hope Vale and particularly with Des and Estelle Bowen. Some of his ashes are here and we will scatter them from the boat after a ceremony with the Hope Vale pastor on the beach.

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Garry giving the first of his three safety talks for the day.

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Jazzmin Bowin raising the flag.

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Timmy McGreen and his grandsons in the wheelhouse.

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Sisters steering Pelican.

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Getting photos of the day.

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Hazel Bowen and Aurora telling me about a bird they had just seen.

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Rochan and Austin

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Philomena Naylor

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Elaine McGreen and Iri, our youngest passenger.

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Heading back to the camp.

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AuthorMichelle Quach
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