Around the World in 80 Days
Day 22: 16 October
Under the wheelhouse is a fetid, windowless airless cabin which I hope we never have to make use of. The temperature in there hovers constantly at 100 degrees, and Julian and Ron, who have to go in to load film and change stock, emerge pounds lighter. The corresponding aft cabin is full of the crew's trunks. They are allowed one each in which they can import certain items free of duty. A perk of the job.
Captain Suleyman says the Indian customs are very strict. No gold or guns.
'Is there then much smuggling?' I ask him.
'Oh, plenty smuggling . . . in clothes, wristwatches . . . but,' he reassures me, 'we are not smugglers,' and laughs uproariously.
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