The Other Side of the Life at Sea

Most of the Seafarer's have a love and hate relationship with the sea and as a wife who sailed with them, the feeling is mutual. Before my eyes, I can see how the sea causes many sorrows and hardships to come upon them, especially during winter time and rough seas, but they lived their entire life facing the toils of the sea, where the income is good enough to give a comfortable life of their love ones back home...
The Officers and crew with the sailing families

their skills will not be harnessed if they are afraid to lose sight of the shore, giving some truth to the African proverb that "a smooth sea doesn't make a skillful seafarer." The formidable strength of character shown by them is admirable.
Being at sea, for days doing the usual routine of work makes life boring and made the men onboard home sick. Fighting the loneliness of a 19-day sea passage from US East Coast to South Africa, is quite a daunting task. However, blessed with a favorable weather, with the food inventory onboard permitting and a space on deck, it allowed them to enjoy some moments of fun and a good bonding time to transcend culture, religion, and the color of their skin.
Tug of war on deck while at sea

Perhaps, many have wondered how is life onboard a ship with-out alcohol?
A quick glimpse on how they unwind at sea were captured in the following great snaps:
The Bingo socials is a fun filled indoor activity that they look forward to on week ends, alternately with the darts killer game, karaoke, and various parlor games.
The mimicking of the animal sound grouping game brought the house down in laughter.
Parlor game

For V class ships in the company, when Deck 34 is empty, outdoor games played includes, basket ball, shuffle board, football and tug of war.
Basketball game at sea

the games, they were all exhausted and replenished their energies, feasting on the succulent "lechon" (roasted pig) and other food items prepared by the Galley staff in time for a birthday celebration.
The roasted suckling Pig

The event surely made up their day and receiving the cash prizes awarded to the winners delighted them so much. Thanks to the company ship's welfare fund and from the generous officers who donated some amount to augment the games'prizes adding more perks and fun to the occasion.
Life's milestone celebration was also held onboard when the wives sailed with the Officers to mark important events of their marital bliss and life respectively...
18th Wedding Anniversary

these events while at sea via some social net working site through the internet onboard, shortens the distance from sea to shore. They are just one clickaway. However,
they are always advised to make only responsible postings.Seeing the nice comments and likes in their pictures posted puts a smile in their faces after a hard days work on deck, in the engine room and doing the bridge watch keeping duties. What a simple joy, for the humble men with a brave heart.
50th Birthday bash

is always a privilege to the chosen few to avail of the family sailing benefit, not only to see the world free but also to build memories irrespective of location. Indeed, Life is short, take me when you can, and I will sail with you, if I can, so we can make the best of time.
Bingo Socials

The contents of this article are views of my own and the pictures used are of the crew and my personal shots with them and not of the ship itself..