Sailing, Sailing!

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

I need to apologize. I almost always read every single post. But not this week. For a variety of mundane reasons, I just couldn’t get it done. Nothing earthshaking or life-threatening. I promise to do better this week!

Polynesia was first discovered in 1595 when Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira found the Marquesas Islands. The Dutch, (during the Golden Age of Dutch exploration and discovery (ca. 1590s–1720s), were the first non-natives to undisputedly explore and chart coastlines of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and Easter Island. (Wikipedia). That’s part of the history. Now for the story:

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“Kapitein Janssen, this is the most beautiful part of the world I have ever seen!”

“Ja, Bram. It is. I could live here for the rest of my life!”

“Even the people are–well—it’s hard to describe such beauty!”

Picture/Photo: Tahitian woman making the traditional welcome ...

“Indeed, Bram. But we must not take advantage of their friendliness.”

“You will have to keep the men on board, Sir.”

“I cannot. They need to get fresh water; they need to hunt to fill our hold for the voyage home.”

“But. . .”

“Bram, I am Kapitein. I can perform the marriage ceremony. I suspect there will be many.”

25 thoughts on “Sailing, Sailing!

  1. History is a fascinating story and always seems to be written by the victors. Hard to say what these vows meant respectful unions or legal rape… How did they even communicate? A question that always baffles me.

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