Green water on deck

THERMOPYLAELITHObyM.Reilly

This story written by F. Walter Hearle. Mr. Hearle was born in the Cornish village of St. Constantine, he apprenticed on the barque PENRHYN CASTLE and finished his maritime career in Victoria, BC, preparing huge warps for tugs towing great booms to the mills and making nets for the life-saving Carley floats during WWII. Several of Hearle’s valuable stories were archived by the Thermopylae Club, Victoria, BC.

A Heavy Gale – 1902

“This is an account of one of the heaviest gales I was even in at sea. I do not say that it was worse than the other shipmates of the THERMOPYLAE have been through, for everyone who goes to sea gets into real bad weather sometime.
The time of which I am writing was in the year 1902. We were bound from Tacoma to Durban, South Africa with a cargo of flour and canned fruit. We left Tacoma on 17 March. The run down to the Horn was uneventful. We rounded the Horn on 13 May with a westerly gale behind us.

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