Last Boat Standing

Captain Trevor Jackson

We are the last boat standing. By virtue of our schedule, we are still at sea, anchored 50 miles off the coast. Because of the virus, the entire Cairns fleet is tied up as of a few days ago….Some of my crew are gathered here in the wheelhouse, they’re all young and spirited….but they’re looking forlorn, they’re looking at me for some of my, ‘skippers words of wisdom’ …..I don’t want to go down the path of stating the obvious, everyone is already doing that. When we get into port this Thursday, we are all out of a job… I want to tell them it’s all going to be alright, and tell them the future has hope in it… So here goes…

“This virus… it’s just a storm… A very bad one. And what to do in a storm? We tie gear down and square our gear away. We consolidate our tanks and tidy up the decks…And then wind and rain whips insanely through the wires, the bows dig in and the ship shudders and moans… then we wait for the sun to reappear… and then it does… When we come out of the other side of this, there will be work to do. There will be rust stains across the decks, carpets to air out, ice to chip, painting and polishing… Things may never seem the same again, but we will be better than ever, not worse. Stronger than ever, not weaker. Bolder than ever, not meeker. I’ve never seen a storm that didn’t end,  and this one is no different. So let’s get up from here now, and do what we have to do… ride this out. It might take 6 months, it might take a year, or even longer. But when it does end…we will be ready to continue”

Everyone got up from the floor and marched out, Chief Engineer Vinnie was last to leave and he caught my eye as he left..”Good talk skipper, and I think you’re right”…”I am right Vinnie, mark my words… its a long river ahead of us, but eventually, this storm will end.”

9 Responses to “Last Boat Standing”

  1. Sam Roberts says:

    “When you are going through Hell, keep going”
    Sir Winston Churchill

  2. Andy says:

    Keep going all of you !
    Snipers correct, this storm will pass.
    You are put there flying the flag for a company that has had thousands of satisfied guests over the years and a company with a history of legendary crew pass through the cabin doors.
    I am sure I can speak for all the past crew over the years in saying good luck. The fair winds and calm seas will return .

  3. Bridgette says:

    See you on the other side….

  4. Murray Moody says:

    go home.
    stay safe.
    I need you all to be there when this is over.

  5. Robert Lund says:

    Fill all your tanks with reef air, we can sit at home and breath the sea.
    Looking forward to going out when this is all over.

  6. L M Jones says:

    Stay safe….. enjoy our wonderful reef and whistle while you work…… we will get through this.

  7. DJ says:

    Wise and true words from a great Skipper and person. Thank you for being there to guide and support the crew.. and reminding the rest of us that this is temporary .. we need to weather the storm together. I look forward to more stories from the captain’s chair in the not too distant future.

  8. T.Cooper says:

    Mike Ball changed my life many years ago when my future didn’t look to bright.Hang in there and stick together and you will come out ok.Check out the sunrise and sunsets and you will see things aren’t too bad.

  9. RP says:

    We are ready to fill your boat when business relaunches. Lots of local divers will come. It will be long time before we go abroad. We need our dive fix

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