“Farewell” – by Anton Bowring
The good thing about ships is that they encourage natural order. As soon as you get back to sea, the crew settle immediately into their responsibilities. Unfinished business and external influences become muted and everyone immediately attends to watch keeping duties, or, by securing ropes and loose items prepares the ship for a return to the open se…a. As it is Sunday, the Captain’s inspection of the accommodation adds another layer of order and, in keeping with procedures, we have a lifeboat drill too. All this has helped to take our minds off the sad parting which took place soon after 11am this morning.