Category Archives: Other Voices

Rime of the Ancient Mariner, pt 2

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge […] Two “The sun now rose upon the right: Out of the sea came he, Still hid in mist, and on the left Went down into the sea. And the good … Continue reading

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What the ice gets, the ice keeps

“All hands is standing bye we had a slight shock last night… there was a noise under the bottom aft the same as if the ice had broken up…. the Boss thinks it was a whale but I thinks different.” … Continue reading

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Scrubbing the decks

James Wordie, Alfred Cheetam, Alexander Macklin “…it fell to my unwilling lot to go down on my knees and scrub the passages. I am able to put aside pride of caste in most things but I must say that I … Continue reading

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Better off than the King

“A cheery little fellow, who had a strange outlook on life and wonderful views of his own for reforming various social evils.” — Alexander Macklin, on Alfred Cheetham “Some days we used to set off in the lovely long sunsets … Continue reading

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Captain Kidd

“Sir E. & I have just been projecting a voyage to the S. Pacific, by way of reaction against our present forced inactivity.” — Frank Worsley “Shackleton was fascinated by buried treasure. He quite seriously wanted to look for pirate … Continue reading

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Trouble

“Menial discontent in the fo’c’sle, several hands complaining of the Bosun [John Vincent] having called them evil names, ands struck them. As harmony is imperative, his promotion to Bosum has been cancelled, and he resumes his former rank as trawling … Continue reading

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Sardines on toast

“My turn to night watch. The duties of the night watch are to keep the Ritz bogie glowing, the Stables roasting, and the Boss’s, which is right aft, at an equable temperature. The latter is a difficult job, as the … Continue reading

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