Great Ships... Great Sailors...
Jack Durish (email@example.com)
Thu May 14 10:27:53 1998
For anyone who missed the series on Great Ships on the History Channel,
may I take this opportunity to recommend it. With live filming and
animation, they explore everything from galleons to PT boats.
I was especially taken by the episode on whalers. I didn't know that
black sailors succeeded so admirably during this period of history. One
even became a highly successful captain while many of his brethern were
barely out of chains. It seems that sailors were more concerned with a
person and their abilities than their landlubber counterparts.
As I am now required to take my leave of the discussion of a
controversial issue, I have reviewed this episode (I taped them all). I
also am thinking about the years I spent aloft as the crew member of a
squarerigger where I rubbed elbows high above the deck with many types
of people, male and female, assorted religions and other qualities which
might ordinarily distinguish us. But the tie that bound us, our common
love of the sea and our willingness to work together, was far stronger.
In our recent controversy, I had hoped that I could call upon the common
bond of true sailors to put aside their differences and work as
shipmates in saving the program into which we all have dedicated so much
time and effort. I asked no one to relinquish their beliefs, but rather
simply grab a bucket and start bailing because, when the ship goes down,
we will all drown, regardless of the God we worship, the color of our
skin, or any other measure of our humanity.
So, I say farewell for now knowing full well that leaving any
controversial subject unanswered is like playing the role of the
ostrich. With our heads stuck in the ground, you can be sure our tail
feathers will be shot off.
Buccaneers - SSS 935
Orange County, CA