Sir Salty McWouldbe-Admiral-And-Commander
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Sir Salty McWouldbe-Admiral-And-Commander

Sir Salty McWouldbe-Admiral-And-Commander

Sir Salty McWouldbe-Admiral-And-Commander

I had been thinking on Sir Salty’s generous albeit confusing and somewhat mutinous offer to take over the ship. Getting North of the Hawaiian Islands took  longer than expected and the constant head winds and calms punctuated only by showers kept me fiddling with lines and our course day and night with little time for anything else.

I got around to a response last night and pinned it to a perpetually soporific Salty. This morning, I found Sir Salty in covetous possession of the remaining grog. I reckon that’s a yes.

Here’s the note I left for Sir Salty McWouldbe-Admiral-And-Commander:

To Sir Salty McAdmiral-And-Commander

Firstly, let me apologize for not responding to your magnanimous offer of relieving me of the onerous responsibilities and duties as Captain. This past week’s work has required us to pass under and then clear the Hawaiian Islands all the while hard on the wind or becalmed. You, of course, know this as you have been fast asleep, rested and prepared to spring into action and save all our lives if need be.

I have very carefully considered your offer to assume the Captaincy. At first blush, it smacks of little more than outright mutiny from a disgruntled malcontent. In fact, late one night last week, I had the ship’s irons in hand and was determined to see you in them. Thankfully, Port and Starboard, normally a constant thorn in your side, intervened on your behalf and talked some sense into me.

I have come to know you as a valued and dependable shipmate. And over the course of these many months at sea, I have come to know something of your character. It was my mistake and haughty temper to think your heart had somehow blackened and turned mutinous. Moreover and perhaps worse, it seems my pride had been pricked and pride once pricked precedes a great fall.

However, a ship can only have one Captain and for better or worse, this ship has me. That is not to say in any way am expert in all things. But it is to say that the responsibilities for this ship and those on board lay at my feet.

It is clear that you, Sir Salty, surpass me in all respects when it comes to fishes and fishing. It is also clear that you could well serve the entire ship’s company by assuming the role of Chief Fisheries Officer. In this capacity, you would have the responsibility of pointing a flipper at any spot and I, ship’s safety notwithstanding, would have the responsibility of getting us there. The post comes with a generous increase in your daily ration of grog and first right of refusal for any fish or fishes we bring aboard.

In summary then, you would have the freedom as Chief Fisheries Officer to direct the ship where you see fit for fishes. In essence, the same freedom I do as Captain minus the responsibilities that I alone must bear. This seems to me an excellent compromise, with much added benefit, and I suspect will go a long way helping to alleviate any anxiety you may be experiencing watching me trying to catch a fish. 

I trust this new appointment and post meets with your immediate approval and consent.

Etc, etc

Bert ter Hart, Captain S/V Seaburban

Follow my tracks in real-time:
https://bit.ly/svseaburban

 

16 Comments
  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)
    BZ

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

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