Norway or Bust

Photo curtsy of J Hardy Carroll

Photo curtsy of J Hardy Carroll

As I looked over the gunwale at the rise and fall of the ocean, I was reminded of my home and the fells of the Dales. The captain had lashed himself the the wheelhouse. From this vantage point he poured a stream of venomous language at the three sailers who fought the control of ships wheel to maintain steerage way on the Maid of Whitby. For as long as the ships rudder and tackle held, there was hope that we might made some landfall on the coast of Norway. But in the ‘Maids’ hold the rats drowned.

Footnote: The colours of the stone work in the prompt photo, are a spitting image of a local property called Norway House. In my part of the world a living was made trading via the Baltic and North Seas.

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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Dawn M. Miller

    Love how you tied this to what you saw.

    1. Michael Humphris

      There is so much untold history, and studying the people’s history is my pleasure. Thank you Dawn

  2. draliman

    A hard and dangerous life.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was and still is. I applaud those who go to sea with just a sail.

  3. gahlearner

    Great action scene. I love the detail.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Gab, I must admit that I really enjoy older nautical stories.

  4. Iain Kelly

    Poor rats, no one ever thinks of them.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Except the ships cat.

  5. Dawn Quyle Landau

    I really like the descriptive, atmospheric element here, and how you took the prompt from something you uniquely saw! Really cool, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I must admit having a passion for nautical tales. Thank you Dawn, I don’t think that my writing has ever been call cool.

      1. Dawn Quyle Landau

        It has now. 😉

  6. Keith's Ramblings

    Incredibly graphic. How hard that must have been.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do find it hard to understand how in the past men took the ocean to hand and fought to use its strength. Hard it must have been.

  7. Dale

    Never a good sign when the rats drown. Very well done, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      No the ships cat was not happy about it. Thank you Dale

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I love where the prompt took you. Atmospheric and well done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Nautical stories are my passion. I was pleased when I found a prompt which allowed me to indulge myself.

  9. Alicia L Jamtaas

    Michael, I, too, like where this building took you. What a story! I never would have thought of the sea. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was also surprised when the building took me to the ocean. But then I love nautical stories

  10. lisarey1990

    The detail is amazing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Stories about the ocean are one of my passions. I am grateful that you comments

  11. Sascha Darlington

    Great detail, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha, I do enjoy nautical stories

      1. Sascha Darlington


  12. Margaret

    You capture the drama of the struggle to keep the ship afloat and on course. Great description.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Margaret, I do enjoy nautical tales.

  13. Brenda's Thoughts

    Very descriptive piece. I enjoyed it very much!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased to read your feedback, I do admit to having a passion for sailing ships

  14. Sandra

    A very different piece. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Sandra, I have a passion for the days of sailing ships.

  15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    There is a song called “Blue bird of hull” that this reminded me of. It’s written in Swedish but I found a Swedish translation here…

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so grateful that you sent me a translation, thank you so much Björn. I always enjoy stories about sailing. The song had a powerful ending.

  16. granonine

    I wondered how you connected the building to a ship, so thanks for the explanation. Great story 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Linda

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