FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

THIS interesting piece came from one of our popular letter writers.

“My grandpa was a crew on an inter-island vessel plying the Fiji waters in the early ’60s.

He told me the story of when they were crossing the Koro Sea during rough weather and the boat — with passengers and cargo — swaying from side to side. The swells were huge and the rain was heavy.

The bosun or to be technical, the boatswain, called out to the new captain, ‘Captain, the boat might sink and we have cargo and passengers, give us an order on what to do, shall we throw some cargo into the sea to lighten the load?’

The nervous captain said in a panic, ‘tell everyone to carry their luggage to lighten the load’.

In all those years we wondered if the load would really have lightened!”