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1986 was heralded with the ship being in Zhuahi, and the commencement of the filming of "Taipan".
Galley Girls invited to the 'ball' in Taipan's house in Hong Kong. Not to be outdone, the male crew members featured in the 'whore house' scene in Macau.
Saw in Chinese New Year alongside the naval wharf in Macau. A week of continuous fireworks, with approx. 1,400 fishing
vessels pointing their bows to the temple ashore and discharging massive strings of red crackers – headache tablets and
earmuffs were in great demand.
March to June
Departed from Macau to Palau. Stern gland problems – returned to Hong Kong. Hauled out in Hong Kong - repairs made to
Vila and its delights, especially a week of sunshine (when the upper saloon was varnished and refurbished) Eric Matson and his group aboard, and the achievement of looking over the rim of one of Ambrym's volcanoes.
The embarassment of being towed back to Palekula, Espritosanto and finding that the Hong Kong marine engineers had not
tightened the locking nut on the propeller.
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a long land rest at home with his parents.
Anyone like to commission paintings of the ship? The lower saloon has 2 near super paintings -by Peter 'Spider' Anderson, who spent 2 1/2 years asMate on the ship from the Mediteranean phase to the end of Operation Drake.
A return to Pitcairn Island in 1989 for their Bi-Centennial.
We know quite a few people are already interested. So far no definite details have been drawn up...as soon as they are we will let you know.
We would like to hear of any ideas and suggestions from you all as to where you would like to travel with the ship. Tiger has toyed with the idea of another world voyage and/or an excursion around the Indian Ocean. We need to know how many might be interested and for how long - please help us. No doubt some of the ideas will be possible, but who knows.......
If you have any information, ideas, poems etc, anything we can use in the newsletter, please write to any of the owners - we would be glad to hear of any.
In closing, thanks to you all for your continued support and loyalty.