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Aboard ships, time is divided into watches. Zheng He's ships ran 10 watches of 2.4 hours each, which made up one day and night. The length of a watch was measured by burning an incense stick. This was looked after by the incense keeper (ssu hsiang) whose duty was to make sure that the incense never ceased to burn. On Precious Dragon we run a system where each one of the five crew stands a watch of 4 hours. To make sure that there are always two people on deck we work a simple but effective method of 4 hours on, 6 hours off. See below how it worked on the leg from Singapore to Melaka:

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Letting the anchor down - means we get a break from the watches...This watch system runs until we make fast our mooring line or drop the anchor.

During each watch, not only do we steer the ship and navigate, we also do all the other duties necessary to run the ship, such as preparing the meals, doing washing up, general cleaning - and most importantly maintaining the sails and rigging.

As you can imagine - there's always plenty to do, we never get bored ;-)

If you want to know more about how we run Precious Dragon please email me at nikki@dragonvoyage.com



08:00 - 10:00 Steve Magnus
10:00 - 12:00 Rex Steve
12:00 - 14:00 Kevin Rex
14:00 - 16:00 Nikki Kevin
16:00 - 18:00 Magnus Nikki
18:00 - 20:00 Steve Magnus
20:00 - 22:00 Rex Steve
22:00 - 00:00 Kevin Rex
00:00 - 02:00 Nikki Kevin
02:00 - 04:00 Magnus Nikki
04:00 - 06:00 Steve Magnus
06:00 - 08:00 Rex Steve
08:00 - 10:00 Kevin Rex

E-mail  Rex Warner rex @ dragonvoyage.com Magnus Ström (exBerglund) magnus @ dragonvoyage.com.
Last Updated 31/12/10 Ship communications