First Underway Watch


When I first reported aboard the Altair I was standing my first underway watch with Chick Poland and he asked me if I wanted something to drink, and of course I answered Si, whereupon he lifted a deck plate or two felt around a bit until he produced a bottle or two of some pretty damn good Spanish Brandy and we proceeded to Splice the Main Brace in the best tradition of the British Navy.
Now that's a musing that I remember well.

Dick Stader