Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
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Dive! Dive! Dive!

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
Andy & Sue
Three days with time spent beneath the waves gave an insight into local marine life. Two dives on a reef local to our anchorage, one dive at Mabul, two at Kapalai and three plunges at Sipadan gave a reasonable spectrum of what can be found in Sabah, Malaysia’s eastern most Province. This shoal of Big-Eye Snappers was happy to come close to slow moving divers.

19 August 2017
Interesting colourful smaller creatures positively glow: this one a Nudibranch, a sort of slug-like animal, is but a single example of many different types seen at Mabul. The fronds on its back are gills. There are artificial structures at Mabul, which certainly attract a wide variety of creatures. The “dive resort” complex is a stilt village built on the reef at the site of a former fishing village. We are not fans of these types of development; it would be far more ecologically sound to bring divers by boat from properly serviced centres on shore.

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A much bigger animal, a Crocodile Fish, shown here, blends into the background, camouflaged to seem like coral bedecked stones. It would be easy to swim straight past if you did not have your eye tuned in to spot these weird fish.

19 August 2017
An old favourite is the Clown fish. Several different species bathing luxuriously in the fronds of exotic Anemones abound. Sizes vary from tiny to around 100mm: a feisty fish that faces challengers fiercely, but is always ready to seek the relative safety of its stinging host.

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Larger still are these chaps, securely wedged into crevices to avoid the current sweeping them away. The bigger animals at Sipadan are mainly confined to Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks lurking in the periphery of visibility and …

19 August 2017
… Sharks. Mainly Reef White Tips but it is excellent to see Sharks in these waters have not all been slaughtered to sacrifice their fins for the Chinese market. So far, in SE Asia, sharks seen have been very few. The elderly lone specimen seen three months ago in Tioman Island was the pride of the local dive shop; he was, however, a sorry comparison with those seen in previous years around the Pacific reefs and Islands. Sipadan showed signs of being a much more balanced eco-system, although smaller fishes were in fewer numbers than we expected. That might be due to the large numbers of sharks and other predators located at this oceanic pinnacle island.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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The cooperage. Wet barrels, dry barrels and barrel-style baskets. The most skilled coopers were those who made barrels for storing liquids: leaks not acceptable.
The shafts of the harpoons in a whaler sea boat.
 A shop as it was about 150 years ago.
Barrels. The original form of containerisation. The camber gave strength and enabled the cask to be rolled, turned and rocked on end by a single person. Wet barrels for fluids and dry barrels for sails and canvas. Barels of the same size could be easily stacked.
The cooperage
The printers. This old fashioned manual equipment is still used to print some of the museums literature.
A whale boat. Used to take the harpooner to the whale.
This post at the stern was used to snub the harpoon line coming from the front of the boat once the harpoon had been thrown into the whale. The friction of the rope running out needed water to be poured on the post to stop it from burning.
The coil of line attached to the harpoon
The blackmith
Nautical instruments from days of old.
Blacksmith at work making ships nails.
The rope walk.
The rope walk.
Machinery in the rope walk.
Bobbins of yarn used to make strands and then ropes within the rope walk.
The shock absorbers on the foredeck of the "Brilliant".
Cockpit aboard "Brilliant"
Binnacle aboard "Brilliant"
Coil of hemp or manilla rope
Old fashioned wood burning stove.
Bowsprit and sail aboard "Brilliant"
Anchor windlass aboard "Brilliant"
Sue trying her skills in a whaler. Whale 1: Whalers 0.
Oyster fishing equipment
An Oyster Boat used to drag a dredging basket along the seabed in water to deep to use rakes.
One of the houses moved to Mystic Seaport.
A genuine Model T-Ford pick uptruck parked in the wood shed.
The lower decks of the whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan
A fish eyed view of the bow of the whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan
A model of the fully rigged whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan
A model of one of the whalers used to venture off from the mother ship to harpoon and capture whales.
The Try-Pots used to melt down the oil from the blubber. Supported in a massive brick structure on the main deck.
The captains gimbaled bed. He enjoyed a cabin of his own.
The main storage vessel was the barrel
Sue gives an idea of the limited headroom below
Looking up from the level of the keel of the whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan
A deck prism. These are shaped glass set flush with the deck but refract the light out below decks in a near horizontal direction through 360 degrees.
The ship
..and the chute goes directly overboard. One assumes the flush was a bucket of water n the days before My John Crapper
The wood shed, full of sawn planks of seasoned wood.
The Charles W. Morgan during her ashore refit.