THE SCENE OF THE NEAR MISHAP
Well you can run but apparently you can’t hide on the WWW. In the posting “smooth sailing” I recalled an event where I was deserted by my 1st mate when we lost the wind whilst trying to sail under this bridge. He jumped over board. That was 50 years ago.
The web being what it is, the 1st mate has tracked me down. This is what he has to say about the 1960’s incident.
The Captain (left ) and the 1st mate (right) enjoy a coffee near the scene of the infamous incident of the early 1960’s.
footnote: the sailors met when they were aged 4 at kindergarten and still meet, along with two mates Dennis and Ian to celebrate birthdays. They are soon 62.
From: Patrick McCourt
Sent: Friday, 9 October 2009 2:36 PM
To: ‘Sean Fraser’
Subject: Man Overboard
Sean,…. Sorry Captain Sean,
I had not seen the blog – amazing how I have sent the clipping today. It is a good article on your blog. You will note – your clipping on your blog, has year 1983 written on it by you.
Whereas mine, that I emailed you, does not show the year! Finally I have been recognised on your blog. I am now world famous; you could have at least given me a surname – hi Patrick McCourt?
“I used to sail around these waters when I was a kid and had many adventures including one where the 1st mate jumped overboard and swam ashore (hi Patrick). I’m sure this proves I’m a good captain because I stayed with the boat”.
And, you could have told the true story! I [Patrick McCourt] jumped overboard to lighten the boat, as you could not find any wind to sail the boat under the bridge. One may argue; this questions your captaincy abilities?
Patrick J McCourt MOB (Man over Board)
Reply from Captain and Blogmaster. (I feel so full of power)
Dear, Jump over board man, sorry Patrick McCourt,
Many say a good Captain would have thrown you over board to make the boat lighter. I was not so callous.
In fact if it gets out that I didn’t throw you overboard my reputation might be tarnished. I guess now, 50 years on, I can see your fearful action was indeed a gesture of gallantry.
My blog ..my memory wins….see you in Sydney on the 24th.