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This morning, I found this note pinned to my forehead:

To the kaptin of the lubberly tub C-burbin:

It haz come to my attenshin that surtin artikles of witch I and all uther krew memburs haz sined have bean contravend in the most egrejus of waze.

To wit: On or about too mornings ago, you akting as watch keeper, did gift an uther krew membur, namely one PJ, a fish without consultashun with more seenure krew.

This is in direct violashun of standing artikle 231-a-89(I) witch states that no krew membur shall be given preferuns over an uther in any way. Further more, standing artikle 438-q-67(iv) states that any victuals aboard or found to be aboard shall be shared ekwilly amongst all krew.

I, Sir Salty McKnickers-In-A-Knot, do hereby rekwest that 1) This here greevance be duly interd in the Log and 2) That I be properlee compinsated.

Now, I know that it is not wise to entertain between-deck lawyers but Salty to his credit had a point.

As is the norm on all sea-going vessels, He and PJ did sign Articles before coming onboard. Salty brusquely passed a flipper over them and pretended to fall fast asleep but PJ, being a fighter pilot, went over them in fine detail not wanting somethings to come out of the sun and get him by surprise. Turns out that Salty must have been paying attention after all.

More importantly, however, I had given the fish to PJ and did not offer it to any other crew. So, again to Salty’s credit, guilty as charged.

I figured I better get to a solution before things got of hand. I pinned this to Salty’s forehead a few moments ago:

To Sir Salty McKnickers-In-A-Knot

I have received and acted on your formal grievance as brought to my attention this morning. As per your request, I have entered it in its entirety in the Log.

With respect to compensation, PJ in his capacity as fisher of fishes has agreed to fish for solely for your benefit for one hour each day ship’s work notwithstanding.

I trust this will bring this matter to a close. I await your response.


Etc, etc.

He doesn’t talk much, seems to sleep a lot but he knows what he wants. Give him that!

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • 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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