The Voyage

The Voyage to Poole  


“Let me tell you about the worst part of our voyage.”

“All the winds have names: North wind = Boreas, South wind = Auster, East wind = Apeliotes and the West wind = Zephyrus.”

“Every night the cook brings out a bowl of stew which everyone scoops up with flat bread bought at the most recent port. Beef, pork or mutton stew can be on the menu, it just depends on what there is, also what hasn’t gone off! We have fish stew too. We always try to eat dinner in the shelter of a port or anchored in a sheltered cove – but if we are out at sea and the weather is bad we just eat what we can: a handful of olives or a mouthful of bread”

“Sometimes we get seasick, especially if the sea is full of small choppy waves. Another word for feeling sick is nauseous. The word naus in Greek means ‘boat’, the whole word nauseous means boat sick! Sometimes we are all sick of the boat!

Roman spoonsA good cure for sea sickness is to smell a fresh lemon – just hold it under your nose.”

“When you step on board ship you must always put your right foot first on the deck, never the left”.

“Did you know the Latin word for left is sinister?”

“The most dangerous part of the voyage is when there are no land marks to be seen. At night we hope for a clear night sky so we can use the stars and constellations to point the way.”