Another chapter is over

We have gone through all of the Dalslandscanal. As per usual pirates work very hard wherever they go. This time it’s for real. We have to come up with 4000 euros within a couple of week in order to afford the ship we kind of allrady bought. In between putting up a little pirate show and selling our amazingly fantastic postcards (that all contributors get in the mail) we are trying to enjoy the wonderfull nature we pass by. I’m happy to report that all our hard work, campaining and showmaking is paying off. We are at this moment at 9266 kroner (920 euro), meaning; we are a quarter of the way to our goal. And the nature is breathtaking.

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Varg enjoying time on deck.

After weeks of working 14 hour days, 5 days a week it is nice to spend some time enjoying just transiting through Sweden. We do after all get to see some of the most beautifull nature northern Europe ever can come up with. The people are friendly, the weather is not what it has been all summer, but then – we are finally not being fried to crispy human bacon or washed out totally.

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Captain Jack and Captain Simen talking to the lockkeeper.

The crew of five have been enjoying the journey these last couple of days. We have eaten well and gone through some very special waterways. So far the aquaduct in Håverud is probably the most special – it’s not everyday we get to drive FF Harry over a waterbridge. However, there is a lot of beautiful places to sluice in this now 150 year old waterway. And if you ever have the chance we highly recommend making the trip.

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Waiting at the very top of the Håverud locks.

Tonight we stay in Åmål. The chapter of Dalslandskanal is over. Next we’ll head for Göta Canal. But not until we are rested and ready to continue. Also, two of our crewmembers, Lone and Snorre, are disembarking in Åmål. Tomorrow morning they will sadly be gone. They are continuing with their second year at a Folkehøgskole in Hadeland. Left to take care of our ship will be me, Simen and Varg. I’m sure we’ll be fine, but we’ve had a great time with this crew. There is plenty of great moments to look back on. More and new crew is also joining in the near future – very much needed to help sell all the postcards we need for our new pirate ship.

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One of the locks ready for FF Harry

It’s allways a little sad whenever a chapter is closing in. Lucky for us – this is not the end of the story. So feel free to follow our journey, the blog and also on instagram. Add us to see pictures, check this site once in a while for updates and if interested you also find us on snapchat and Simen is still on facebook.

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Both Captains smiling at the same time.

 

As you probably know by now, we do need your help to fund our new ship. We are in touch with a friend and fellpw pirate you can read more about further down the page, a French freeethinker that has spent most of his life, over 30 years in India – but also 18 years sailing the seas. He will most likely come with us to teach us the basics of sailings, even though he crashed his own ship into some big rocks in India. Read about our first meeting with Marc and his brother Patrick in one of our first blogs.

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Snorre taking a selfie again.

Now, if you are able to help out with 1 euro, maybe 10? Basically anything you want would be very much appreciated. THIS IS THE LINK TO OUR GOFUNDME

Have a great weekend!

Much love from all of us onboard!

♡ @jackmikkel ♡ @simengeorg ♡ @vargvagabond ♡

+ Lone and Snorre

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Wednesday morning onboard


Ahoy! It’s wednesday morning. We have just finnished our morning coffee and for once the sky is partly cloudy. Didn’t really stop the heat from waking us up at respectivly 7 and 8 in no particular order – giving us something like a 2-3 hour sleep. But everybody knows that pirates doesn’t really sleep unless they pass out. We’ve been working hard for the last couple of days and are now debating wether wednesdays is a good day for days off. Problem is the same as usual; all the canoists are craving beer, soft drinks, candy and bread in this unhuman stroke of sunblast summer, and we are all out again. This of course is no problem, there will allways be more to come. But this morning it seems like we should prioritize our dishes. There is no more forks left. 

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Fotos by Britt Marie Nilsson, crew onboard Big Mama

We have made friends with several of the locals too, not only the wonderfull canoists (and recently also some kayakists) we see every day. This of course was probably just a question of time, since we are smoothly sailing the only pirate-ship around. It is however very nice to finally have confirmed that the word of the lake is of the positive kind. Not like some countries where pirates are met with watercanons, machineguns and hangings. A big shoutout to Big Mama! We’ve been trying to contact this wonderfull SABB-running wessel for weeks, and yesterday we were finally able to bord the ship on our way, delivering an order to some very patient campers in DANA-camp 16. Great crew and great dancers onboard what the Captain called his blues-boat!

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The Captain of Big Mama is checking out the ship.

In other news, we are still waiting for our new crewmember who seemingly has gotten lost somewhere in the woods outside Oslo. Last contact made last night and there is a posibility for boarding today.

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Simen, the handsomest pirate in the world, getting ready for another typewritersession.

No news from Simba, but like we tell our parents: no news, is good news. Go out, enjoy the sun. Order something from FF HARRY and follow us on instagram @simengeorg, @jackmikkel and #FFHARRY.

Pirates Out