Friday, June 4, 2010

Welcome aboard!

Sailors traditionally spend the two-hour dogwatches, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., exchanging gossip about current events as they transition from daylight to dark through the twilight hours.
It’s a time to make and mend clothing, strum a guitar and maybe sing-along nostalgic, nautical and bawdy songs as daylight fades. Yarn spinning is part of a tradition of splicing lines for a jackknife or bosun’s-pipe lanyard, to telling tall tales.
For millennia, ships crews suspended between the depth and breadth of the ocean and vastness of the universe above, have spent dogwatches together weaving fact and fiction..