The Day That I Fell off the Boat
09/27/2013 - 09/27/2013
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
This morning we had an Education Sail. This means that during a day sail, we break into four sections and educate the passengers on topics as they pertain to the War of 1812. I really find this entertaining. In my “ashore life” I love teaching the public almost anything that is historical in nature and I have the chance to do it all of the time. On board the Pride of Baltimore, the cook doesn’t really get to teach anything. They assume that the cook will not have any interest or time to participate in education and even though when they were looking for volunteers to teach various topics I had stuck my hand into the air, I was overlooked. Perhaps my duties don’t allow time, who knows. Time will tell!
Today is an exciting day. Ok, every day is exciting when you live on the greatest ship in the world but today is more so. Our two new deckhands arrived! Brandon, the fashion princess, and Alex, our engineer and my cabin mate, are departing tomorrow. Chad, a Deckhand, has been training with Alex to take over as the Engineer. This means that he will be moving in with me. This also means that two Deckhand spaces are available. Enter onto the scene Jesse and Lydia! Today they boarded the ship and it was slightly odd that the crew, including myself that boarded in Erie, are no longer the “New Crew”. Oddly more so is the fact that seasoned crew are leaving, leaving us to train the newbies in. Wow, life is fast moving in the Tall Ship world. We also got a full complement, less one, of Guest Crew. This means that I no longer have to do any dishes!!! YEA Guest Crew.
Even better than not having to do dishes for the next couple of days, I did not have to cook dinner tonight! The DEA took all of the crew out for a seafood dinner and drinks as a thank you. I was so excited to go to a restaurant that, after meeting Jessie on the deck for the first time and with the Captain and the rest of my crew waiting for me dockside, I decided that I could jump on the cap rail and bounce down the gangway. I only got half of that right. I missed the cap rail completely, falling face first off the ship onto the gangway. But do not worry, I did bounce down the gangway, it was just on my face, elbows and knees. CLASSY, huh? Dinner did go better once I decided that I was not a Mexican jumping bean. Every crew member was even awarded a certificate of gratitude and a nifty lapel pin from the DEA! And to think that the DEA bought me drinks after I fell out of the ship.
Oddly enough, after a fine dinner with the DEA, the crew departed the restaurant for a night of debauchery out on the town. A proper final send off for our departing Shipmates as this was their last night with Pride. The question that is asked in a sea shanty, “What do you do with a drunken sailor…” can now be answered. Stumble around Boston and get more booze. All present could hardly stand upright and we needed to support each other, but we did take care of each other and behaved as proper sailors. Whatever a proper sailor is. Rather contradictory, I find.
Sweet Sleep All,
Cook and Proud Shipmate Sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II
P.S. I decided that I would make both of them a favorite treat as a going away present. Alex requested Apple Crisp and Brandon wanted Gourmet Rice Krispy Treats. I made a huge pan of Apple Crisp this afternoon and am keeping it for tomorrow’s good-byes. I will make Brandon's treats in the AM. Too tired and drunk to cook tonight!