“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney.
written by Boomer Jack Boardman
(Continued from Episode 38)
MAIN CABIN OF THE MV SPARROW, JUST BEFORE THE FIRST WAVE STRIKES
“Just as Maggie was about to explain the plan, the Sparrow entered the first wave. Passengers and crew alike were thrown off balance by the Sparrow’s quick turn into the wave, and again by the wave itself…”
When the Sparrow lurched into the massive wave, Maggie, Lysa, Bob, Sarah, Ines and the just arrived Fred were thrown to the deck. Quickly learning there were no injuries among them, they made their way to the starboard bulkhead, and sat in the secured chairs—correctly assuming there were more waves to come.
“OK, now that THAT is over,” Maggie said, “and before the next one hits, we need to account for all of the passengers, and check for injuries. We’ll set up a dispensary right here to provide what care we can.”
“We should split up to cover the boat more quickly,” Bob offered.
“Right,” Maggie agreed, “Sarah & Fred, Bob & Ines, and Lysa & I are our teams. Bob, Ines, start checking at the stern, and work forward, Fred, Sarah, start at the bow and work towards the stern. Lysa & I will set up the dispensary right here!”
As Maggie finished speaking, Crewman Armstrong arrived with the injured Herzog. Helping Herzog into a secure chair, Armstrong, the boat’s medic, reached into his bag of tricks to dress Herzog’s cut forehead.
“Trigg’s in the pilothouse,” Armstrong said as he applied a compress, “They got their hands full up there!”
As he spoke, they noticed a change in the sound of the engines, as one went to reverse, the boat was changing course. Seconds later they heard the engines spool up…
“Wave!” Bob exclaimed, and the next massive wave engulfed the Sparrow.
Meanwhile, in the pilothouse…
(Continued from Episode 39)
“Aye Cap’n,” answered Mac, “Number two half throttle, crewman!”
“Aye Sir,” replied Trigg, as he moved the starboard engine’s throttle to half power. Doing this helped the Sparrow change course quickly to meet the wave head-on.
Seconds later, Mac ordered: “All ahead full emergency power!”
“Aye Sir,” Trigg replied, “Both engines at emergency power!”
The second massive wave struck, and as before, the Sparrow was buffeted, but the Captain’s course change had her lined up perfectly to cut through it, and soon she broached through.
“Cap’n is a wizard, Herzog!” Mac exclaimed as he fought the wave’s forces and kept the Sparrow’s course true, “a wizard!”
“Indeed she is, Mac,” Trigg replied, smiling, “Indeed she is!”
“Trigg—I mean Sir!” Mac exclaimed, until now unaware that Trigg had replaced the injured Herzog, “Sorry sir.”
Twice more this dance contest was performed by the storm and the Sparrow, and twice more the Sparrow fought her way to victory over the Norwester!
The storm was over, and less than a mile away was “Fisherman’s Cove,” where Maggie decided to anchor and check the boat for damage & the passengers for injuries.
TO BE CONTINUED: Episode 41—“Aftermath”
The help teams return to the main cabin. They only found a couple of minor injuries among the passengers & crew—easily tend to by Crewman Armstrong. It’s what they didn’t find…
“Have any of you guys seen Boomer, Jay and Daisy?” Maggie asked as the storm ended.