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The terrified seafarer

Stefan F Lindberg

The terrified seafarer

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March 23, 2021

Image: Tiger tattoo on the back of Third Officer

Note from Bosun
This was a long time ago. I was young then and had perhaps worked for six months as a seaman.

A lantern lamp needed to be replaced in one of the ship's crane masts. It was very high up, I thought. Bosun ordered me to climb the mast to change the lamp. Halfway up I was afraid of the height and climbed down. Bosun took a hard grip on my shirt and shouted a few inches from my face:

“If you show fear, you will not make it to sea. To show weakness and fear are not okey in the seafaring profession. Climb up and do your job. Otherwise you will be worse off than if you fell off the mast ".

And I did, I climbed up, though I was terrified. Nowadays it is not as hard at sea, everything has become much better. Now I'm Bosun myself, and I would never force anyone to do something they are terrified of. Then I prefer to do the job myself.

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March 23, 2021
Stefan F Lindberg