Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Still riding the waves
Sea legs, yes. In the days of the clippers, sailors got the reputation of being a thirsty lot, not for water, but for something with a bit more kick! Many a sailor fresh ashore from the voyage was scooped up by the local constabulary and lugged off to the tank to dry out. The unfortunate problem was that good old Jack Tar was usually sober as a judge at the time! It was his balance and sea legs from the months at sea that caused him to sway too and fro as though the street was a ships deck, tossed about off the Horn! Yes, Jack usually got the short end of the stick at every turn. After the shipping company’s officers had greased the palms of his jailers with what most times would constitute the balance of his pay, Jack would make his way back to his ship where he would sign on for another trip in order to go to his bunk, and the only home he knew, pennyless.
For a real treat, next time you come home from a rough weekend passage, try jumping in the shower and closing your eyes… !