HELEN OF TROY HAD A FACE THAT “LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS”,
MINE JUST MANAGED TO SCARE A SMALL BOAT AWAY.
hi i’m back again , and our ship Berlian Ekuator is currently loading in indonesia as usual.
You must be aware that the waters across South East asia and parts of africa are teeming with pirates , who are cutthroat and violent. , but are not yet sophisticated or organized.And Indonesian pirates may be armed with a knife or a machete, but certainly not with a submachine gun.These pirates are said to be ex-navy personnel or local fishermen, and are certainly dangerous.
So how does this affect the nearby ships and its crew?
For one , we are always on our guard , posting extra lookouts and watches on deck , armed with water hoses and strong flashlights to deter pirates.
also some times we might try to go on the offensive by launching old nuts and bolts , but that is to deter a very determined pirate.(we are legally not allowed to have any firearms, but the pirate who is already illegal , doesn’t really bother)
And so here I was , keeping my Bridge watch with the 1st mate(no relation , but strictly an official term) from 1600-2000, and late in the evening after all the deck crew had knocked off for the day , a small innocuous looking fishing boat arrived nearby, and started circling our ship.The man in the boat was a chubby ,grimy & wearing a straw conical hat , and a faded green t-shirt and dirty slacks.He was using a trolling line , which is a single fishing line with many hooks attached on its entire lenght.We have to be suspicious about anything unusual , and one small boat circling the ship at twilight was suspicious enough.Upon closer inspection we found that the trolling line had no bait on it, and therefore his fishing was just an act.
Some pirates had stolen a life raft the last time we had come here, so the 1st mate did not want to take a chance.The fisherman had to go , and we were going to do everything we could to see to it that he did.
So we tried to scare him off, at first by spraying water on him, but he kept dodging us.he went and hid below the bow .2 minutes later he is back at the stern.
1st mate was really pissed off.So he held the siren at him, which was rather loud and irritating.But the fisherman , nonchalantly continued taking rounds , hiding behind and reappearing.So finally it came to it that I had to go on deck and scare him off. There was no real danger to me as he was alone and he would never be able to climb the ship and harm me.
So i went down , wearing my helmet , and started following him on deck, but he again dodged me , hiding and reappearing.But I was relentless , and followed him around doggedly, never letting him out of my sight, and at some point he looked up.He didn’t growl at me , or show anger.his was a look of disappointment. I don’t know why , but he was disappointed, maybe because he had lost chance , or maybe because we had misunderstood him because he was really trying to fish..Finally defeated he headed off towards land,and has not returned since.
so I’d like to remind you again:
HELEN OF TROY HAD A FACE THAT “LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS”, WELL MINE JUST MANAGED TO SCARE A SMALL BOAT AWAY.
Well about pizzas , I’d like to clarify that it was Sunday , which means it was italian day , which means we had pizzas on that day, and they were sinfully good!
thats all for now
(An old email sent to my friends from my first ship where I encountered Pirates.
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