(The following log features extracts from the Ship’s Official Log Book, with the entries recorded by the Officer of the Watch on the Navigational Bridge - British Isles with Ruby Princess May 23 to June 4, 2013)
During the night at 02:00 the ships clocks set back 1 hour to UK time. The Ruby Princess entered the Firth of Forth early this morning and began following westerly courses towards South Queensferry. Our local pilot boarded at 05:22. He assisted us in our navigation towards the anchorage position, just east of the iconic Forth Railway Bridge. During our stay in South Queensferry it is mandatory that the ship keep one local pilot onboard throughout the day to assist maintaining the ship position. We were safely anchored by 06:42, and with six ships tenders and one shore tender in the water we commenced our tendering service.
Once all passengers and crew where safely back onboard at 17:07 Ruby Princess commenced heaving her port anchor. At 19:10 Ruby Princess encountered a problem with the winch that is used to raise tender 19 out of the water, heaving of the anchor was suspended. A hydraulic seal failed under pressure. This problem was quickly remedied by the ships engineers and Ruby Princess began to heave her starboard anchor once more at 19:50. With pilot already onboard we retraced our track back out of the buoyed channel of the Forth, disembarking the pilot at 20:55, leaving the Bass Rock on the Firth of Forth, where we then set a northerly heading at 23:00, entering once again the North Sea, to commence our coastal passage along the east coast of Scotland.
Weather experienced during the day:
Sky: Overcast Skies; Wind: East North Easterly Beaufort Force 3
Temperature: 14ºC/57ºF; Barometric Pressure: 1018,5 mb
Sunrise: 04:43; Sunset: 21:38