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Rum Things: A Sci Fi taleAs a man once said, rum things happen on the ocean.Rum Things: A Sci Fi tale6 years ago in Science Fiction
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When I was a lad, my father, a captain of a Nantucket whaler, brought me to sea to learn the family business, for he had not the foresight to see the end of whaling coming on us so fast as it did. Regardless, this was my first real taste of the sea, a mysterious world that would hold my love and curiosity for all my days.
The ship was small, for a whaler, and didnt stay out to sea for more than a year in the entire time she served. Unusually, even for a good American vessel, she had a fully white crew, and was the pride of her owners fleet.
Because I was a mere child, my jobs on ship were not too stifling, I would run up dropped rigging and clean the four deck guns (a weapon you children would be unfamiliar with, bust standard issue on any merchant ship that didnt want to be pirated without some sort of fight) and otherwise, simply wash the ship.
After five or six weeks at sea, I forget which now, myself a