This year I spent talk like a pirate day with my favorite wenches and scallywags, drinking and cruising on a replica of Australia’s tall ships from the 1830s. It was aces, and I’ll be applying to volunteer for crewing the ship! I spent most of the cruise swigging my brandy and chatting to the crew about what it was like to man the ship as hobby and work and I’m sold.
I was invited by Lowana of Vanyanis and another one of our friends. I didn’t know many people there apart from in passing at formal events and the like, but everyone was very friendly.
After taking a tour of the ship Götheborg at Visby on Gotland during Medeltidsveckan (Medieval week festival), I became rather keen to see what it would be like to be on a ship that was moving, among other things. I remember thinking how beautiful the ship was, the deck and the texture of the tarred ropes. I like how they felt to the touch, and the smell of the sea was lovely.
I was really curious about the ship, and the crew had lots of cool stuff to tell me. The Captain noticed my interest and let me help turn the ship, and call out all the commands to the crew. I added some extra flavour with additions of “You scurvy dogs!” and “Ye Scallywags!” and other such nonsense. It was very fun, but my voice isn’t very deep / loud. I’ll have to practice my commanding captain voice more.
Sailing back into the harbor at night was pretty. Melbourne can look really scifi and sleek at night, and the ship was a nice contrast. Or maybe I just had too much to drink. Likely both! I hope they have space for me at the next ship safety training and induction. I’ve been looking for a new non work related hobby that didn’t involve technology as I’ve never really had one of those before. I think this is it!