National Geographic : 1957 Nov
The National Geographic Magazine Church was loaned to us and was a specially selected representative from the Royal Ca nadian Navy Sailing Association. He was a first-class man in all respects. Gulf Stream Gale Tests Men and Ship I had gone to a great deal of trouble to choose a crew which would be not only com petent but also harmonious, for lack of har mony aboard a small vessel could be hellish. My selection worked out splendidly. All hands pulled happily together, and the ship's spirit was always good. This was tested more than once, particu larly in a bit of a Gulf Stream gale which blew up on us, unforecast and unheralded, on a day near the end of the passage. The morning of that day-it was Saturday, June 8-began with the sea lumpy and con fused and the air hazy and humid, after a wild middle watch during which the wind had been jumpy with fresh squalls. I had had to lower the two topsails and bunt them up, but they were not then secured. They lay in the tops, ready for use as the squalls passed again, for I did not foresee any serious worsening of the weather. That Gulf Stream is a bad place, and I was always cautious. It was my job to be one jump ahead of the weather and to have my ship under control at all times, not risking her rigging but getting the best out of it and her. Some of those squalls were hard, but I expected them to pass. But pass they did not, or if they did, it was only to return again from some other direction, a little harder. I Humanity Throngs Plymouth Harborside to Welcome Us Ashore One of the greeters drums us up the landing stage. I follow, second in line. Next come Warwick Charlton; Stuart Upham, the ship's builder; Chief Mate Wicksteed; and the two cabin boys. Charles Allmon, National Geographic Staff . ii~.... .