Another clear memory I have was the fog being so thick this one particular night. I felt as though I could reach out, grab a handful of the stuff and keep it in my pocket!
Almost funny is the next day when it was perfectly clear, I looked out to see where I thought I had been the night before and then realized; had I taken one more step, I’d have dropped straight into the icy waters of the ocean!
I remember watching too that day, as our ship was receiving the last of the load, how it had sunk half way under the water due to the additional weight! But this also meant a better night’s sleep! 😴 How so you might ask?
We’d benefit with a smoother sail, there would be less shake from the vibration of the heavy propellers, the ship simply rolled better. Everything up to and including food service and walking was easier to do and objects didn’t fly off the shelves as easily.
Another seven days at sea en route to Honolulu. More of the same in that we’d get fresh water, exchange mail and whatever necessary supplies are needed. Although the ship was docked here for 8 hours, we’d be allowed a couple of hours shore leave for souvenir shopping or whatever.
I picked up some Hawaiian shirts for the guys, candies and such for the young ones and muumuus for the gals. Of course I just had to indulge my taste buds with a watermelon shake again and I remembered exactly where to go and get it!
⚓️ Anchor up! Another seven days and we have arrived back in Suva. 🤗 My family is there waiting at the docks, it’s a happy reunion. We take a cab home. I have a full week to spend with my family. I’d sleep at home in the night instead of on the ship and have my dinners with the family.
Of course I still had to report for breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts on the ship; there are still passengers on board who would like to have a bite to eat every now again, in case they hadn’t gone ashore!
Laboring hands would come from all over the island to load and unload the ship. Fiji received its share of lumber and mail. In addition to the existing load of lumber, our ship took up fresh cargo of sugar, banana and coconut and the always present mail bags for delivery to New Zealand, our next port.
And it is time again for the teardrops to roll as we say our goodbyes once again, especially my mother.
I am on board the SS Lakemba and we are once more sailing out from Suva. As we gently ply the waters, another ship was entering the harbor; nothing uncommon but for this one, the skipper’s voice came over the intercom announcing the incoming ship as the Royal Yacht, the Gothic and it was carrying HRM Queen Elizabeth II and her Prince. I believe they were on a portion of her 👑 coronation 🌎 tour.
As this new year unfolds, we should all encourage one another to pursue our heart-felt dreams, don’t you agree? Thank you once again for stopping by and sitting in on another little bit of Little Blue Masala’s beginning adventures. Lots more to come!