Friday, June 11, 2010
A Doryman's Legacy
"...as a young merchant seaman, I was on wheel watch one night on my first trip when the captain, a skipper of dory schooners and an oral poet, came up on deck from the cabin.
He checked the compass and said, 'Young fella mind the course, steady as she goes, steer small.' Then after a pause he added, 'Face the storms and shoals of adversity square on. Remember, one hand for the vessel first, then one hand for yourself.'
'When, as they sometimes will, danger and death loom over the horizon and stand upon you, don't panic. Meet them with your dorymate and shipmates; stand well braced and fend them off.'
'Go joyously into the dory; whatever job or work there be, give it the finest and the best that is in you. Be good to your dorymate and your shipmates, speak no ill of them.'
'If you go aground, work yourself off. Cast off all self-pity and beat to windward again and again, so that in the fullness of your years, you can come about and run downwind free and easy with the tide. If life gives you more baitings than most, share those extra rations with your dorymate and shipmates and them who have not been so lucky as you.'"
Doryman's Day by R. Berry Fisher
Do you get my drift?