Capt. RusselL Bowles...rest his soul, if he had one...while rigging up, working an eighteen-man crew on my first day as mate (and the youngest man aboard):
"Son, If <strong>YOU</strong> do a good job for <strong>ME </strong>you can stay aboard. If <strong>I</strong> don't do a good job for <strong>YOU</strong>, <strong>YOU'LL</strong> have to go ashore."
When I was fifteen years old, running down the East Coast on a pogy boat at night with the pilot, Capt. Earl Evans, running the boat ...rest his soul (and I think he had one)... before LORAN or GPS, somewhere off of Ocean City, Maryland I asked him, while screwing up the settings on his new RADAR (he called it a "visionary set"):
"Capt. Earl, do you know where we are?"
"Yessir, if we head West we'll run ashore in North America."
The godamned captain's not <strong>ALWAYS </strong>right, but he's <strong>ALWAYS </strong>the godamned Captain!
"Go in front of a mule and behind a ship."