National Geographic : 1971 Jan
Life aboard ship tests the mettle of men W RITING IN THE LOG (above), I am happy to note, "I could not have had better companions. The multinational teamwork is perfect and a real comfort." It is remarkable to learn that our small, short-lasting problems never come from racial, national, political, or religious differences, but solely from individual quirks, such as if one is making a mess where another wants order, or someone wants to rest while an other feels he should finish an important job. Man is man wherever you find him; I feel he cannot be divided or united according to height, color, or pencil lines on a map. Here at the start of a new day (above, left) I brush my teeth in the ocean as the men gather for breakfast around our chicken coop table. Praying toward Mecca (left), Madani spreads his prayer rug on the cabintop. I give him the prop er compass direction. Once, cele brating our progress, we broke out two bottles of champagne; we were glad to have a nondrink ing Moslem as helmsman.