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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 73: 6 December

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysLie low for most of the day as my cold flourishes. At dinner the conversation turns to boat people again. Captain Rodebaek picked up fifty-five in one trip and sixty-three in another, 'many of whom are now working for the company'. In a side-discussion on world ports, Singapore comes out fastest, with five cranes per vessel capable of 125 moves an hour. Felixstowe, free-enterprise jewel of British container ports, can offer a maximum of 40 moves an hour. Still no decision on what to do at Le Havre. At the moment we opt for safety and an extra day on the Leda Maersk, especially as the weather has been kind and we are on time.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 73
  • Date: 6 December
  • Country/sea: Atlantic Ocean
  • Place: Atlantic Ocean
  • Book page no: 241

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