I misread the reason behind the presence of the soldiers. They were there as escort to the last item mentioned by the Captain. Everyone was kept away from the area while it was winched up and stowed aboard. We were held in a makeshift guardhouse.
Then we were vetted before being allowed back aboard.
The soldiers will keep their station until we depart.
And we don’t yet know when that will be.
The Captain, in conversation with the commander of the soldiers, picked up a few pointers on pursuing his claim to the grain ship.
He has gone ashore today to follow them up. He asked if we wanted to accompany him. But we declined, preferring a day of rest.