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My friend The Swede has swallowed the hook.


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#1 Car ChuckRam

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:08 PM

Hook is another word for anchor. Swallowing it means you’ve retired. Pete arrived in New York City via steamship from Sweden in 1968 at the age of 18, having been a Cabin Boy, Ordinary seaman, and AB on foreign flagged ships from the age of 13.

All he had was $100, a seabag, and the address for our Union Hall on W.14th street. In those days, you could get an entry level mariner document same day. Our business agent, Knud Jensen, took him down to the coast guard and got him his papers, and Pete shipped out as an ordinary seaman the next day.

Many years ago, I was a young watchstanding AB, and Pete was The Bosun. I’m cleaning my room for payoff and he knocks my door.

Pete sticks out his hand and says “ You’re a fine hand, and I wish you didn’t have to get off.”

Holy fecking smoke, The Swede likes me! I went down the gangway, and back to the union hall with some fecking swagger, I can tell you that much!
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:12 PM

Good for The Swede.


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#3 Genesee Ted

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:20 AM

I’d love to sit and have a few beers and listen to the Swede tell adventure stories

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:23 AM

I’d love to sit and have a few beers and listen to the Swede tell adventure stories

this.  i bet he has many a Rammi story up his sleeve


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:53 AM

this. i bet he has many a Rammi story up his sleeve

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