We left Felixstowe on the 4th of April. The people there
gave the crew quite a send off. We arrived at the Ipswich
Custom House in the beautiful town
of Ipswich,where another gathering was in store for us. This
was to be the beginning of many functions that the crew would attend
our stay in England. And during this period, we still had to get
Godspeed ready for sea. At times this would be hard, but
things stowed or installed and at the same time entertain guests would
become the norm. Sometimes, it became quite amusing. We
be in the middle of a project, maybe in the 'tween deck area and you'd
look up and see a group of people touring the main cabin. If some
of our visitors knew we were there, they wouldn't have worn skirts!
We worked in shifts, some of the crew on and the others off
to do what ever they wanted. Not too far down the quay was the
Kiln. Tied up behind it was a Thames Sailing barge.
vessel was pretty big. And lucky us, it had a pub set up down
So it wasn't far to go to get a pint and relax. And it was the
place to look for AWOL crew!
We were provided with a place to shower, eat and on rotation
sleep, at an old place called Neptune's Inn.
It was built in the
17th century. There were people from town that prepared meals for
us and gave a few of us a tour of Ipswichs night life. This was a big
we were working on Godspeed. Though last names are forgotten, a
first names of these kind ladies I do remember were Jane, Helju
One of the functions we attended was at the ancestral home of
Gosnold, the original captain of Godspeed. John Mossison and his
wife, invited the crew to a costume party. Well to be more exact,
we wore the costumes. We had a very nice time and delicious food.
ST. KATHERINE'S DOCK
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site is still on the ways.
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