Archive for the ‘Sea’ Category

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Foreign sea curse

September 24, 2006

This is the second time Harry fails to do a dive abroad. Probably He can only dive in Greece. A suitable nickname for Harry is probably Jonah.

From Wikipedia: God ordered Jonah to preach at the city of Nineveh. Jonah did not want to, and tried to avoid God’s command by sailing to Tarshish. A huge storm arises. The sailors, realizing this is no ordinary storm, cast lots, and learn that Jonah is to blame. Jonah admits this, and states that if he is thrown overboard, the storm will cease. The sailors throw him overboard, and the seas calm. Jonah is miraculously saved by being swallowed by a large fish. In chapter two, while in the great fish, Jonah prayed to God and asked forgiveness and thanked God for being so faithful, and the result was, God commanded the fish to vomit Jonah out.


So the story begins…

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Flogging Molly – Every Dog Has Its Day

September 19, 2006

Well I’ve drunk to drown, on every ocean I’ve been
Lake Tanganyika, where the crocodiles swim
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Van Diemen’s land
Well I drank with the Sultan, down the Suez Canal

Cause Every Dog Has Its Day
Like every woman, she gets her own way
And if there’s a ship that sails tonight
I’ll captain that too, just to be there with you
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Flogging Molly – Wanderlust

September 19, 2006

Well I’d love to photograph your hand
Then shake it for a while
Cause you learn so much about someone
A brother or a swine

The veins that plough beneath your path
With so many tales to tell
A picture out of focus
In a frame where no one cares

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What are Sea Stories

August 4, 2006

A sea story is a work of fiction set largely at sea. The enclosed setting of life aboard a ship allows an author to portray a social world in miniature, with characters cut off from the outside world and forced to interact in cramped and stressful conditions.

The form has been popular from Homer’s Odyssey onwards. Notable exponents of the sea story include:

  • Captain Frederick Marryat (1792–1848): Peter Simple
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891): Moby Dick
  • C. S. Forester (1899–1966): Horatio Hornblower series
  • Nicholas Monsarrat (1910–1979): The Cruel Sea
  • Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000): Aubrey–Maturin series

But searching on the net you can find a lot of sea stories!!! So that’s the basic idea of this blog, collect or even writen sea tories, fictional or real… Welcome on board.

“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me … on that summer’s day, when my eyes were opened to the sea.”

. . . Jacques Yves Cousteau

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Sailing for Santorini

June 10, 2006

If you are bored to read the whole story, this video really sums it up:

Simera SailingBut now lets begin our story: Another major event was scheduled among the lads. To sail 120 nautical miles in 3 days was what we needed… We found a vacant ship called “Σήμερα” (Today), and announced to other skippers our plans. Fortunately we weren’t alone with this perfect idea. Another two ships were available so a convoy was planned. We had a last minute cancellation from old salt (Stavros) because he had hurt his back on another difficult voyage. Fortunately, we replaced him with a woman! The numbers were correct: 4 guys and 3 women, we thought that this wasn’t going to be again a gay ship, but once again we were proved wrong.

9 June 2006

As planned, the voyage started by night, in order reach Christianna in early morning. About twenty two hundred hours (22:00) we set sail from Heraclion harbour. The weather was not bad but not good either. Another sailing ship (named “Καπετάν Αντώνης”) decided to join us. Until midnight everything was running smoothly, but suddenly a message from the VHF announce that “Καπετάν Αντώνης” has a problem with her anchor. The anchor got louse due to the big waves and it was hitting the bow. Before we could realize what it was happening, “Οδυσέας” had a problem also, waters were getting in the front cabin (the bow cabin). Thinking that we had enough for a day (or most accurate night), the vessel “Χριστίνα” had the Genoa (a large foresail that overlaps the mainsail) loose because the clew was teared off the sail. At that time we were the only boat that didn’t had any damages, and for sure we were going to get one fast (the odds were against us). In order not to have a serious damage Harry breaks down a door. That was a mandatory sacrifice.

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