This is an overview post with a difference – detail. Aln’s data today reveals that she stopped short of the Lincolnshire coast yesterday afternoon. She flew 233 km, mostly in under four hours after a normal ‘stop, start’ few km and a similar end to her day.
Today, Aln’s course was fairly direct apart from the reverse U shape on Paul’s graphic. It looks as though she was heading out over the North Sea, thought better of it, then had another look before heading ESE/SE. There’s a different explanation.
Could that vessel in the Wash be identified? Yes! Research of shipping records found Aln landed on the Sea Riss. Her track, speed and docking time match Aln’s fixes.
Boston to Dunkirk is a regular route for the cargo ship, but today she was headed for King’s Lynn to the east of the Wash, as Paul’s graphic shows. We can’t find photos of her there.
At this stage in her life, Aln would think a vessel was a good perch, not a moving object (7.8 knots average in this case).
Tomorrow, the winds will be strong from the west. Although Aln was only around 200 km from Belgium at her last fix, she is likely to be in East Anglia for a while longer.