“Adventures of an IMP” Part V: The Trick

Sunday 6 January
6:05 am
We are presently going down “The Eye” S.S.W. towards “Trout Lake”. Named so because trout are so abundant in the lake that rowing in it is quite a challenge as the trout push against your oars making rowing impossible for the beginner. If you were to just glance at the water it would seem as though the colour of the water was a mix of purple, green and cream.
IMP sure has served us well!”, remarked First Mate, as they were resting on the other side of “Trout Lake”. “Hmm,” said Captain not really paying attention, but thinking of how long they would be on the island and feeling quite bad that we had been washed onto this island in his care. But it couldn’t really be helped; we were here and couldn’t go back safely. While Captain was feeling glum (to his credit, he was trying to convince the younger members of our crew that everything would be alright) Ship’s Boy was up to his tricks again; this time he put a trout, still alive and flapping about wildly (if trout can flap), down Captain’s shirt!!! Ahem! Our Captain was NOT in the least expecting anything to be put down his shirt and DEFINITELY NOT a trout. Well, the Captain started chasing Ship’s Boy, but Ship’s Boy had already taken a head start and was climbing a tree that was entangled in vines. As Captain climbed up, Ship’s Boy swung down on one of these vines, dropping fish heads out of his pockets. What a smell!!! No wonder he wasn’t getting eaten by U.F.I.!!! “We still have to go down to the “Harbour” Second Mate reminded us.
“So, ah,…stir your stumps” he said.
(Now it must be recorded that this particular saying was reserved for Captain, it is not so on all ships, but on IMP only Captain said that. It was not a written law or anything, it was just, well, Captain’s saying. And also Second Mate was not in the habit of speaking “sailor talk”).
There was silence, total silence.
And then Captain said “Good to see you are  picking up some “sailor talk”, finally. Come on people The Harbour” is waiting for us”.
While we treked across to “The Harbour”, Able Seaman started our feet into a steady rhythm by singing an old song:
“What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning.
Way hey, and up she rises,
Way hey, and up she rises,
Way hey, and up she rises,
Early in the morning.
Set him polishing up the brass work,
Set him polishing up the brass work,
Set him polishing up the brass work,
Early in the morning.
Way hey, and up she rises,
Way hey, and up she rises,
Way hey, and up she rises,
Early in the morning!
 Soon we came within sight of “The Harbour” and had such high spirits, that, had “The Harbour” been all rock or mud we probably wouldn’t have minded. But to the delight of everyone it was perfect, deep, clear water, clear as a bell as some say. Even Captain’s spirits lifted. And during the midst of all this Ship’s Baby had spotted something on the horizon!….
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T.B.C.
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1 Response to ““Adventures of an IMP” Part V: The Trick”


  1. 1 sharonnz January 21, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Sounds like Ship’s Boy needs keelhauling for his antics;-)


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