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most unpredictable and inhospitable in the world. We were lucky. The last crossing was the calmest yet and we found warm water soon.

The losses were not as bad as my worst fears but there were losses. We lost the bow motor. Since we did not have a bow thruster we were not out anything, right? Wrong. The toilet paper was in that compartment. And the water we pumped out no big deal, right? Wrong again. Sea showers for a while. For you land lovers, a sea shower is taken like this: first you get wet, then turn off the water, next you soap up and finally rinse quickly. The full hot shower is called a Hollywood. That would have to wait until we built up enough water. Still we had great liberty ports on the way, right? Negative. Back up the west coast and home at nine knots with limited liberty stops. All and all it was one of those experiences in life you always remember. The consequences were minor and soon forgotten. In the Antarctic uncharted rocks were a risk you had to take. I am thankful it was not a real big event for very long.

Wes (Bull) Durham

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