Sailing down the Konkan coast in a tired, leaky old tub.

@xFiacre (4287)
Ireland
April 18, 2018 8:01pm CST
I came across this picture tonight of an old tub called the Konkan Shakti. She was a magnificently worn and troubled old girl when I sailed on her from Bombay down to Panjim in 1978. I travelled deck class. I spread my Gulmarg blanket on the crowded deck and lay there surrounded by seasick land lubbers as the creaking boat heaved southwards through heavy seas for twenty four hours. All afternoon I lay under a roasting hot sun, with children and their mothers fretting everywhere, the boat pitching and rolling. The night was magnificent with the sky all alive and mobile with stars. When I was the only one left awake a calm fell on the ocean. Soon there was only the sound of the boat cutting through the water, and the distant, muffled hum of the engine. I could smell the saltiness of the sea interrupted at times by waves of dusty, aromatic air carrying out invisibly from the shore a few miles away. I wouldn’t sell that memory for a million pounds. The boat’s current status is listed as “decommissioned or lost”!
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr
These are the sort of tales I love from you - wonderful. It doesn't sound like a lot of fun though - at least not until everyone else fell asleep.
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@xFiacre (4287)
• Ireland
20 Apr
@jabouk I do tend to revel in situations of adversity and squalor!
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
20 Apr
@xFiacre They make fascinating reading - you could make a book out of them. (I think I may have said that before )
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@xFiacre (4287)
• Ireland
20 Apr
@jaboUK indeed you have, and I still don’t feel up to that challenge!
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@JudyEv (119106)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr
That is certainly a memory to hold on to.
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@xFiacre (4287)
• Ireland
19 Apr
@judyev The boat’s current status is listed as “decommissioned or lost“!!
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@JudyEv (119106)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr
@xFiacre They've just found a currently unidentifiable wreck off the Australian coast. Maybe it's the Konkan Shakti.
@xFiacre (4287)
• Ireland
19 Apr
@JudyEv The one I sailed to Australia on in 1970 sank later somewhere in Indonesia.
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@RodrickH (6102)
• China
19 Apr
What a good memory
@mlgen1037 (16575)
• Manila, Philippines
19 Apr
I wouldnt too. Priceless.