Mark Bently, CSL, and the 3rd Peel Cubs visit to the DSV Bibby Sapphire will featured in Bibby’s newsletter Making Waves.
The Sapphire recently made a very short port call to Douglas and, with the necessary permits and permissions in place (kindly coordinated at very short notice by the Master), Cub Scout leader (or “Akela”) Mark accompanied a small contingent of Cubs and Sea Scouts on a visit to the vessel.
Mark said: “Living on an island, we are all used to going on the ferry to and from the UK, but to get the opportunity to show the Cubs and Scouts around a specialist offshore ship was something very special, and as a Sea Scout Group, it had great relevance as a maritime-themed activity for an afternoon.”
“The Cubs and Scouts found it fascinating and were really enthused talking about all they had seen.”
“The group were shown around the entire vessel and expressed surprise that every room (“sorry Akela, I mean cabin”) had a TV, and that the crew didn’t have to bring their own food; they thought that they needed 28 days worth of packed lunches! The smells were interesting, especially in the forecastle and in an empty saturation chamber, and they remarked how clean and tidy the whole ship was.”
“Special thanks to the officers and crew from all departments for taking the time to show them around the various areas of the ship, and, quite rightly, no buttons or levers were pressed by the Cubs and Scouts without the express permission of an accompanying crew member.”
“The Cubs were asked what gift we should bring as a thank you to the Officers and Crew, and they decided to bring boxes of Manx Kippers (oak smoked butterflied herrings, for those that don’t know), famous in Peel. We hope they were enjoyed by the Crew.”
The group also took the opportunity to call into the Bibby Ship Management office to say thank you to Mick Dalton, Travel Manager UK (based in Liverpool) and Kirsty Humphreys, Travel Consultant, who kindly donated hotel vouchers as raffle prizes for a recent fundraising quiz night.
The Cubs and Scouts have been aware of Bibby Ship Management for some time as, as with any charity, the Scout Association relies on fundraising for its meeting places, equipment and necessary insurances for activities and events to take place, and Mark has made full use of the matched funding facility available via the Bibby Line Group Giving Something Back scheme.
Regarding the scheme, Mark said: “The effort involved in organising fundraising events alongside a busy structured scouting programme is very demanding, and to have your efforts doubled so generously really helps maximise your efforts and allows us to offer the best possible program of scouting that we can.”
“The matched funding provided to 3rd Peel Scout Group over the last few years, and being able to show the Cubs and Scouts a real-life offshore vessel, has really helped to cement the effect the GSB program has within the community. It was certainly an activity that will be memorable for them and we now have future candidates for the bridge and engine room, as well as a diver!”