Eighteen hours after departing their anchorage off Maidencombe, the More convoy is now about 60 kms south east of Lands End and about to leave the English Channel for the French coast.
On the Scheepvaart (shipping) Forum, there is amazement that this convoy is operating at this time of year with these types of vessels. One suggestion of the loading operation that took place on Saturday is that some sort of navigation lighting system was being put in place. As I mentioned, there was no lighting at all on the Novara. In any event, the More convoy is potentially on a perilous venture to its African destination, proceeding at a snail's pace of 3 or 4 knots. To give you an idea of that rate of progress, you could comfortably keep up on foot - if the route was on land.