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20th January, message in a bottle

20th January, message in a bottle

How stormy and windy it's been today.
I quite like this wild kind of weather.
When I worked away at sea, the rougher the seas were, the more I enjoyed it.
I slept really well, as the ship was tossed about.
I was just young then though and had no sense of danger.
The last ship I worked on broke in two and sank in rough seas some time after I left.
It was carrying molasses. A very corrosive cargo,
usually carried in the oldest rust buckets.
The crew I sailed with on that ship came from several nations,
Italy (North and South!), Spain, Poland, Yugoslavia (Croatia and Serbia) and Morocco.
They had a wide range of political views too,
supporters of the old regime of General Franco, communists, ex communists...
But everybody had to pull together
there were constant problems and mechanical breakdowns
and there were no real personal animosities.

The ship I was on before that recently sank in The Orinocco River
only thirteen minutes after it was hit by an ice strengthened Scandinavian ship
as it was manoevring into its berth.
Thirteen minutes!
It gives me a chill to think of the storms and heavy seas that I experienced on that ship...

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Guest 22-Jan-2005 23:11
sounds scary, I'll stick to dry land!!!
Rannoch Moor21-Jan-2005 11:47
Well it seems that some mariners are glad you do not sail anymore ;))))
Have they been unlucky or is it some kind of curse ?
Laryl21-Jan-2005 08:15
all I can say is wow. I can't imagine, but enjoyed reading it and almost felt the sea as I did.. thanks for the info (and sorry I've been so absent this week)
Linda Willets20-Jan-2005 23:58
Enjoy your storytelling.. sounds like adventure was had.
Guest 20-Jan-2005 23:41
nice shot! d'you ever get the yearning to go to sea again?? Personally I
have been known to get seasick on ferries still moored in harbour! ;)
Stu20-Jan-2005 23:09
Jammy bugga!
Guest 20-Jan-2005 22:34
I have to admit I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to boats, had a scary experience on one in Greece once!
Ian Stickland20-Jan-2005 22:29
You've never sailed on the Aurora have you?? :-)
Ian Clowes20-Jan-2005 22:23
Hey let me know if you go to sea again so I can avoid the ship! We could always refit it at Rosyth for you :)
Gilles Navet20-Jan-2005 22:11
I wanna be sailors my friend
Mais sur unplus gros
Lee Kindness20-Jan-2005 22:03
Nice wee boat, and by the sound of it safer than many you were on! A lot of the guys at my work (inc my brother) work on boats - seismic survey vessels... One of the big ones sunk 2 years back with one of my friends on it - jumped off in to the Caribbean, least it wasn't West of Shetland!
jude20-Jan-2005 21:04
Poop.. i didn't mean to italicize the last few words.. just the title of the poem.

damn hotmail code (how do you say that in french)
jude20-Jan-2005 21:03
There's a fascination with the sea.. I think it's because it's so powerful and untamed. Something to respect greatly. I've always been drawn to the poetry that spoke of it .. The Wreck of the Hesperas is my favorite.
Zak20-Jan-2005 20:10
man the sails Mr NS! yo ho ahoy!
laine8220-Jan-2005 19:54
When I think of those poor convicts that were transported to Australia in those tiny vessels that took up to six months to arrive my stomach rolls. You sailed by the seat of your pants it seems, Andy.
Coleen Perilloux Landry20-Jan-2005 17:38
Fascinating story and beautiful image. I know you sailed the Mississippi River and rode the muddy waters just 300 yards from my house!
Si Kirk20-Jan-2005 17:33
wonderful text, i still love sitting on or near a beach when the weather is rough, i find all the energy calming.
Gayle P. Clement20-Jan-2005 17:27
Wonderful and fascinating narrative and a beautiful photo to illustrate it.