FROM 2-2. Equator-Dutch Harbor

noon in the North 0027.07 16344.47

dtd 3581 so dmg 116 – mostly motor, but we’re sailing again and looks like Kimbra’s wx change on the horizon.

Nauru – tiny island – once the main source of phosphates for fertiliser all the world’s farmers and no doubt lots of other less productive things. Phosphates come from guano – bird poo – and the island must have been hundreds of metres deep in the stuff – just imagine the time, the numbers of birds, where have they all gone? The island now just a barren spiky rocky wasteland mostly but with a big population. They originally invested well – skyscraper in Melbourne for one – but I don’t know what has happened since.

Still sweaty hot – we have the hatches open and the Cone open so there’s a breeze through the boat that makes sleep possible, and also sitting here.

D – thanks for the xword – it worked – McQ has done a lot of it in her watch and now I’m going to try to finish it.

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