Originally Posted by Shiner
....Good mates are hard to find!
Speaking of Mates… a chief officer of mine on a super yacht got his own command after 3 years working with me. Great guy, good officer… but pretty reserved from his British Royal Navy
His new employers had him do a circumnavigation
of South America
, then using New Zealand
south island as a base, adventure trips down to Antarctica.
A few years later, he tied up behind us at Sydney
Naval base (near the opera house) for some maintenance
. Great reunion and he admitted, they were all in need of a break!
Following Saturday, we offered to take captain
x and his all male crew out for some fun around Kings Cross. We told “X” that I would foot the bill provided he let loose and let us take care of him. So leaving just a junior deckhand
on board his yacht, my chief engineer
(of many years) volunteered to keep emergency
watch on both vessels.
Captain X to his word got totally hammered and 3am found us carrying him back to his berth with most of his crew in the same condition.
First clue I had that Chiefy and the guys had been busy was a trail of straw up their gangway
to the Bridge deck
and X’s cabin
. Sure enough, inside his cabin on a bed
of straw was a contented sheep tied to some furniture.
X was totally oblivious to his new cabin mate so we put him to bed
and put out the lights.
For some reason, Sunday morning was a late start, but some of our girl crew did hear some yelling at about 7 am and they could see something wooly tied to the Bridge wing.
The funniest part was watching Captain X and crew try to quietly remove the sheep from the Naval Base on a Sunday afternoon.
Luckily it was Australia
, where renting
sheep is not that uncommon and they are an open minded nation!
And Yes! We are still friends.