Oh Captain My Captain
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Oh Captain My Captain

Oh Captain My Captain

Oh Captain My Captain

Imagine my surprise to find this note pinned to the mirror in the head this morning…

To the Kaptin of the saylin tub C-Burbin:

Imajin my surprize and amazment to wake up aftur a verree short nap (the Line grogging not with standing) of 5 or sics munths to find this here tub back in the Pacific Oshun. In the Soth Eeste Tradz no less.

More importintlee, imajin my shok to discuvur that u haf lost yur last fishin luur and are lowered to the pointe where u ahr dragging lawndree and bear hookz behind this reck.

Purhapz it iz time to konsidur a chanj…

I am sur u wood agree that I have excelled in all asspectz while purforming in the gratelee expanded rolls and responsibillittees I took upon myself, under my own inishtiv no less, some munths ago. While my purforminz was exemplury beyond questshun, u albeit well intenshunned, haf had us meeandur slowly this way and that all the wile tryin to figur out where we r laburing over yur navigationalometriks and cursin yur luck. Az I pointed out to u beefour, we r at C. What more there iz to no, I nor any ov the othur krew cannot fathum.

Noing theze waturs like the back of my flippur, and more importantlee, where to find and ketch a fish or fishiz, I humblee  pripoz that I take ovur the duteez of Kapitin leeving u the trviul taskz of settin and makin sayl, steering, cookin, cleenin, shipz manetininz and upkeep, playin at ur navigationalofigurin (alltho not reekoired), weathur plannin and watchin, and cammunicashuns. I will haf the deemsnding and xaustin task ov pointin a flippur in the dirucshun we must go.

I am surtin that u will understand that in my new role as Kapitin, along with those all redee assumed, will reechoir me to be even more well rested and alurt when needed. To theze endz, my need for sleep will be even more preshus than beefore if I am to purforme at the hi-est levels. Wile asleep, no that I will undertake an intensiv and both mentully and fizicillee xhaustin traneing regime to keep me sharp, kurrent, and prepared for my duteez and rezponsibilliteez as Kapitin.

I awate ur happee accecptins of this generus and mutullee benifishunt offer.

etc, etc.

Sir Salty McAdmirul-and-Kommamdur

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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 posts..is there anything or I can be done? Am I missing something? If yes, pardon my ignorance.
    Cheers and take care!

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