The entry in Carruthers’s log book for October 16 makes mention of: a survey of the Muschel Balge between Wangerooge and Spiekeroog; a spot of hunting for jack snipe; encounters with both the galliot Kormoran and the torpedo gunboat Blitz – the latter armed with four ‘Maxims’. Lots for us to get our teeth into there.
First, though, Tim (notCarruthers) notes a very specific reference in the book to tide tables. Why does Childers bother with this? And are the tide times across the book actually accurate? (01:49); we discuss the island of Spiekeroog, a place of holidaymakers, groynes and wellness centres (05:13); Lloyd (notDavies) refers to his copy of Brasseys to see if he can find a real-life version of the Blitz (10:40); similarly Tim (notCarruthers) shares a few thoughts about the Kormoran, and German galliots in general (14:31).
We learn about jack snipes and how to catch one (18:16); a short interlude about 1980s rabbit hunters of the region (21:45); we discover that the inventor of the Maxim machine gun had a very colourful life – and is buried just down the road from us in Norwood Cemetery (25:29).
Club Business: Adrian proposes we all share photos of our personal ‘NotDulcibellas’ (40:48); Jeff goes book spotting (42:09); a reminder that you can support us financially at unbound.co.uk (42:59); Tony on harbour stinks and tidal flushing (43:41); Kevin on ‘something else’ about Davies (44:26); A Ron joins the Club (46:00); Patrick mixes the perfect pink gin (46:22).
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
Langeoog: we’re on to our third Frisian island – what’s interesting about this one?
pig ballast: what is it and why does a boat like Dulcibella need it?
Bensersiel: this will prove to be a rather important location in the book, and October 18 will be our first visit there.
whisky, salt & coffee: for some reason these are the things that the fussy German customhouse officer quizzes our heroes about when they arrive in his harbour. We’re not sure why, but it’s surely a good excuse to do a bit more ‘vittals’ research.