A Porpoise with a Purpose and Oh Captain! My Captain!
09/17/2013 - 09/17/2013
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
I will try to contain my emotions for the moment. Today feels like a weather forecast – all talk about Highs and Lows. To start the entry as the day started, we will need to start with the lows. I woke up this morning seasick. Yes indeedy-do. I opened my eyes and said “Oh No – I want to die”. I managed to crawl out of bed just long enough to cancel the normal breakfast plans for the day and decided that I would lay out cold cereal, milk and English muffins with preserves. The smell of the coffee brewing was almost enough to push me over the edge. I was seriously wanting to vomit all over the place, but then I would have to it clean up and all I really wanted to was go back to sleep, not work harder or longer. With Breakfast laid out, I was able to mention to the First Mate that I was sick and needed to go back to sleep for a while. It was decided that the Duty person for the day could take over making lunch for me. I gave Rebecca the Bill of Fare for lunch, Asian Stir-Fry on Rice, and crawled back into bed and passed out. I took two pills before I crashed, however. Please think back to my last posting about pills. Yes, I was that bad. The good news is that I slept right through lunch. The bad news is that every time that I opened my eyes my stomach would flop.
In the early afternoon, I mustered enough strength to go on deck to try to recover while looking at the horizon. Nope. No relief. Nothing. However I got to watch them raise the Top Gallant Sail for the first time. Very exciting! This is the slightly smaller square sail that is raised from the decks above the large Topsail on the For’mast. It goes to the very top. So super cool.
I should mention here that we are still within sight of Nova Scotia. We passed Halifax around 15:40. I went on deck again and had a private moment and paid my respects to the victims of the R.M.S. Titanic. The three Titanic cemeteries are all located in Halifax. I was really looking forward to being in this area, unfortunately I still feel sick.
So now, partly because I can no longer wait and partly because this is where it fits into the story chronologically, we saw PORPOISES!!! Honest to God, it was just like the movies - a big pod (20-25) of them swimming right in front of our bow for a really long time (40-45 minutes.) It was incredibly awesome like nothing else! I kid you not, a mother or father and baby were swimming together side by side. It made everyone just melt. They just kept swimming, jumping and rotating around and swimming upside down and zooming all around our ship like we were standing still. I haven’t even mentioned that we were zooming along at about 9.5/10 knots at this point in time. And because they were playing for so long, I was able to take lots of footage of them. The best part is, I got brave and laid down in the head-rigging to get as close as possible to them. AWESOME Footage. I know what you are expecting me to say – damn laptop. HOWEVER, this time I uploaded three files to YouTube before I lost my laptop!
I must also say that I saw a wonderful thing happen when the porpoises came swimming with us. My Captain is a no nonsense type of Captain when it comes to sailing. He has a great sense of humor though and is very likable. In fact, I find myself wanting to be in his presence for as long as I can to glean any and all knowledge from him. With this said, he can be very intimidating at times, which only raises our respect for him even higher than it is already. In my mind he is everything that a Captain should be. Let me tell you that I was very surprised to see him walk up to the Bow Sprit from the Quarterdeck and lean out over the porpoises and frantically wave his arms at them, all the while shouting at them. My puzzled look must have told the Captain that once again I was lost. He informed me, “The Porpoises come to the ship to make us happy and it is our responsibility to let them know that we are happy to see them, otherwise they will swim away. So you have to shout and wave at them to let them know how you feel.” This brought tears to my eyes watching him wave and shout like a child playing in the sea and it also confirmed my thoughts that he is the ideal Captain for me. Thank you, Captain Miles.
Sweet Sleep All,
Cook and Proud Shipmate Sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II under Captain Miles
P.S. I did also cook today, but who knows and who cares what it was because I saw PORPOISES!