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Pig-Headed Sailor Men

Louis Becke

Published November 27th 2010
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Crossing from Holyhead to Ireland one night the captain of the steamer and myself, during an hours talk on the bridge, found that we each had sailed in a certain Australian coasting steamer more than twenty years before--he as chief officer and I asMoreCrossing from Holyhead to Ireland one night the captain of the steamer and myself, during an hours talk on the bridge, found that we each had sailed in a certain Australian coasting steamer more than twenty years before--he as chief officer and I as passenger- and her shipwreck one Christmas Eye (long after), which was attended by an appalling loss of life, led us to talk of pig-headed skippers generally. His experiences were large, and some of his stories were terrible even to hear, others were grotesquely humorous, and the memory of that particularly pleasant passage across a sea as smooth as a mill pond, has impelled me to retell some of the incidents I related to him of my own adventures with obstinate, self-willed, or incapable captains.My first experience was with a gentleman of the incapable variety, and befell me when I was quite a lad. I had taken my passage in a very smart little Sydney (N.S.W.) barque bound for Samoa via the Friendly Islands. She was commanded by a Captain Rosser, who had sailed her for nearly twenty years in the South Sea trade, and who was justly regarded as the doyen of island skippers. He was a Bluenose, stood six feet two in his stockinged feet, and was a man of the most determined courage, unflinching resolution, and was widely known and respected by the white traders and the natives all over the South Pacific.