I considered getting my phone
, but it would probably have been flat, and besides, it wouldn't even take a decent pic of the party boat lights at night, so it wasn't going to show this. As for the GPS camera
, I simply forgot we had one on it, since it was fairly new.
One of the comments on mail online was from the wife of our crew who was sleeping. I didn't wake him up, since he was in the habit of grabbing two hours at a time, so both Marc and I would let him sleep when possible. After the row, I had stopped doing watches, and just went up when I wanted, so the two guys were sleep deprived, whereas I had been sleeping loads whenever I wanted.
We are in the habit of having two on deck
during night passages in case something happens, but by this stage it was either Marc or I on deck
, but not together, which worked for us then, as the crew would just put his head
down for two hours when he felt tired anyway. Since nothing was happening to us I chose not to wake him. Which was a pity, since he was an aviation engineer
in a former life, which was a thought which just didn't occur to me at the time. And remember, I thought it looked like a plane on fire, but didn't think it could really be one.
As for the comments about 'second guessing', I don't think I have. I think I have tried to answer questions as best as I recall
. I do recall
that by this stage of the passage
the phosphorescence had eased off a lot - it was by now just a tiny trail which was boring to watch. I do recall that the skies were patchy. I don't recall if there was a moon at the time. That's why I haven't mentioned it before. I do know the clouds weren't bright, so once I thought I caught sight of the black trail I spent a lot of time looking at it to see if I was really seeing it.
I do recall that by this time I had stopped learning
new constellations. Instead I was making new ones up in the Southern sky for myself. I had named my favourites the Hammerhead Shark and the Manta
Ray. Could I remember where any of them were at the time? No. Sound crazy? I know. Am I proud? No. Do I think I'm a credible eye witness? No. I have stated all along that I am not sure about what I saw. Only what I thought I saw. And people out there are wondering why I didn't report it at the time?
And no, I didn't see any flickering that looked like flames. Just an orange glowing thing that I thought was a plane with orange lights. Did I hear the engine
? No. But then again, I was diagnosed as deaf at the lower end of the pentatonic scale about ten years ago, so that means nothing.
My sleep patterns have been all over the place the last few days due to the horror of what I have done or not done. The comments on the daily mail are nothing I haven't been thinking about myself the last few days. Of course people think I am either a nutter or stupid. I think that myself. One thing I know I'm not is a liar.