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Photographing the Eye of the Wind

The Eye itself was alway georgeous to photograph - even I could not make a bad shot of the ship and I hesitate to think of how many hundreds of shots of this beautiful ship were taken just by those of us who sailed on her.

Life on the Eye was always full. A typical day involved a night time watch while sailing to a new location, then up for an early breakfast followed by a mid morning dive. Back for lunch, then another dive or visit to an island in the afternoon, then back to the ship shower, clean up and change for dinner, followed by hour or so of drinks on the poop-deck before dining under the stars. Most of us also slept on the deck under the stars. There was not a lot of variation to this routine but every day bought new a new location in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, so I certainly never heard anyone complain too loudly.

Dinner was a highlight of the Eye of the Wind experience, as it afforded one of the few opportunities for the crew and passengers to all congregate and mingle without watches, expeditions or other activities interevening.

Eye of the Wind at anchor - click to enlarge!

The Eye is anchored off Alcester Island on our trip from the Solomons to New Guinea.

Eye of the Wind seen from the dingi - click to enlarge!

Occasionally the ship would push ahead under sail while we took off for a dive. This made for a long journey back in the zodiac tenders but kept us to our sailing schedule, perhaps in order to arrive when the tide was most advantageous. If my memory is correct this photo was made somewhere near the Munda Bar.

Tiger Timbs - click to enlarge picture!

I can seldom remember Tiger resting or leaving the vessel except for short periods. There was always something for him to do.

perfect views from the yards of the Eye - click to enlarge!

Most of us who could do so, would eventually work up the courage to climb the main mast to the "crows nest". Here as we lay at anchor off Gizho with the volcanic cone of Kolombangara in the background I take the opportunity to get a bird's nest view of the world.

Eye of the Wind in the Mboli passage

At anchor near the famous "water pump" in Mboli passage in the Florida Group. In reality a large bore pipe installed by the Americans runs down the cliff face to carry fresh water from a limestone cave. In any event this is a great opportunity to rest, rewater and explore.Water is always at a premium on board, especially in the tropics so places like this are worth their weight in gold.

Eye of the wind in dusk - click to enlarge!

Dusk is brief but it is always one of the most beautiful times of day. The anchor light is lit, dusk falls and the hectic pace of day gives way as we prepare for another evening on board.

Dinner on the poopdeck - click to enlarge!

The Eye had a very nice galley area but it required meals to be taken in shifts. And besides, the tropical nights are inviting, so on most nights we simply dined in one large group gathered on the poop-deck. A chance to chat about the day's activities and plan for tommorrow's adventures.

Looking down from the bowsprit - click to enlarge!

My favorite place on the ship while under way. Often we found ourselves accompanied by dophins and especially at night it was a treat to lay in the nets and watch them cavort around the ship, lit up by phosphorescence or to lay on one's back and gaze up at the stars as the Eye surged on through the night.

Peter Maynard

In full pirate mode, complete with parrot. (My God, was I really ever that skinny?)

Peter Maynard
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