Mayday C-Burbin
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Mayday C-Burbin

Mayday C-Burbin

Mayday C-Burbin

Morning rounds have become so routine I a almost unconscious doing them. Stepping back from the chart table I realized something was seriously wrong. Sir Salty McMayDay was not at his usual station. He was gone and nowhere to be found.

A man overboard is cause for the ship’s general alarm to ne sounded. I wasted no time, sounded the alarm and fingers crossed hoped to see Sir Salty at his mustsr station ready to do his duty. Podt and Starboard arrived, hastily pushing each other out of the way and karate-chopping into thin air thinking they might be called upon to repel boarders. But no Salty.

Scouring the deck proved futile. I orderd the ship hove-to thinking surely Sir Salty was swimming for all he was worth trying to catch up. I flung open the radio cabinet ready to send a Mayday and this note floated out …

To the Kapitin of the driest saylin tub evur to put to C:

As the shipz Cheef Medikul Offisir, I reekwest this here May Day kall be sent immeedeeatlee. It may bee allredee too late. Aftur, I ordur all aboard to save themselves. Sauve qui peut!!

etc., etc.,

Sir Salty McMay-Day
Cheef Medikul Offisir, Saylin Tub C-Burbinl

May Day May Day May Day
This hear iz the saylin tub C-Burbin C- Burpin C-Burbin

May Day C-Burbin

Our pozishin iz at C. We r ez to find as this hear rek iz the slowist saylin tub on the Pasifik Oshun

We r despuratlee short of grog and in grave and imanent danjur of runnin dri. Any saylur wurth hiz salt noze a dri ship is a dead ship.

We r a blu huld, white topd single masted sloop, 4 solz on bored. I rekon by the time any 1 getz here I will be the only cru left alive. The otherz will most likely haf either kilt themselves or gone over bored made krazy by drinkin diesel.

To save my self from a potenshullee murdurus diesel-fueled rampaj by one of the uthur kru, I will have locked myself in the forwud cabin with  grog and supplize to hold out as long as iz possibul. Look 4 me there furst. Ignore the krazed pleze for help and murci from any nere dead diesel-drunks there may be.

Any vessul in the visinitee is reekwested to rendur immeedee-it assistins and save at least me. If you have no grog abored, ignore this here messij.

May Day C- Burpin


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  • 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)

  • 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!

  • Marcel Neamtu
    Posted at 07:14h, 06 December Reply

    What an adventure! But i do have a comment about the structure of the blog: it’s very hard for a late reader to read your earlier posts in a timely order or something. Very annoying to scroll all the time to your earlier there anything or I can be done? Am I missing something? If yes, pardon my ignorance.
    Cheers and take care!

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