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Wardroom Poem Example
Lunch With The Captain
After two years in the Tonkin Gulf during Vietnam, I was stationed in the Philippines. I was
invited for lunch aboard an Australian destroyer by the ship’s captain. They were getting
underway for the gun line off the coast of Vietnam that afternoon.
My boss told me not to plan on returning to the office that day. I asked
why and he replied “You’ll find out.”.
So I had lunch in the wardroom as guest of the Aussie Skipper. In two
hours I had not one bite of food. Instead I was served great Anchor beer,
great Scotch whiskey, and more great beer. The officers began to leave the
wardroom table one by one, but the Skipper kept me there, graciously
serving more liquid lunch.
Finally, I heard the announcement over the PA system to “Single up all
lines”, the command for untying the ship’s mooring lines. We were getting
underway. I told the Captain I must go. He said “No, Lt, you were a destroyer
gunnery officer, and we’re taking you back to the gun line with us.”.
The crew were laughing all along the lifeline, as I staggered down the gangway
just before their last mooring line let go. I even heard “Lt Rudd departing” over
the PA system, an announcement normally used when the Skipper leaves the
Poem Copyright © James Rudd