National Geographic : 1969 Apr
I was sailing along one day, reading up on the poop deck (that deck was a great im provement over the cockpit it replaced, in which I used to trip and fall all the time), when I saw an orange thing up ahead. I tacked over to pick it up. It was a plastic Japanese net float, and it had a bunch of gooseneck barnacles on it, and two crabs. I didn't know what to do with the crabs. I was afraid they might die if I put them back in the sea with nothing to hold onto. I figured they would just sink to the bottom, and the depth might be too much for them. One of them fell overboard. But then I cut a piece of Styrofoam insulating material out of my old useless icebox (which hadn't had 478 ice in it since Cape Town), and I made a raft of it. I carved a little cave for the crab to live in. Then I put the gooseneck barnacles on it, so the crab would have plenty of food, and I sent him to sea again in a nice new floating home of his own. Robin Begins Fourth Year of Voyage My log entries were brief these days. There just wasn't much to put down. On July 25, my 12th day out, it notes SHIP!-the first I'd seen in almost a week. On the 27th, I wrote, Have been gone 3 years to this date. And, Passed the meridianof Greenwich (preceding page). I started my fourth year at sea in the Western Hemisphere.