Around the World in 80 Days
Day 62: 25 November
Despite all the modern technology many traditional nautical terms remain and the deck crew is still organised by the bosun, who on this ship is Mr Ong. I find him taking measurements for an insurance claim for the 40-foot-long accommodation ladder which was torn off the ship by Typhoon Tess. He's sad to hear we're leaving at Long Beach.
'Why do you not come to Panama? Where else could you see a ship climb a mountain?'
I'm sorely tempted. After all I've seen the Corinth and the Suez canals, and the Panama where ships are raised up through a series of locks, must be the most spectacular of them all. I explain to him my targets and dates and deadlines, which he quite rightly doesn't regard as at all important compared with the splendours of Panama. 'Weather down there very nice . . . sunbathe,' he suggests hopefully. I think my sunbathing days are over on this journey.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 62
- Date: 25 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: Pacific Ocean
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