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No one sat at the captain’s table that night because he ate his Christmas dinner on the bridge. In a short time, all the passengers ceased any attempts at festivity and returned to their bunks, either seasick or simply wishing to anchor themselves, to stop being flung about in this rising gale. By daybreak on December 26, legions of European weather forecasters were issuing strenuous warnings, so graphic that no private vessel would have dared put out to or remain at sea; toward sundown, David Greene, Flying Enterprise’s radio officer, was picking up SOS messages.

In the process, I developed a permanent near obsession with this man and his ship and the legend that grew up around them. Although my family lived solidly inland, I already had a strong awareness of the sea’s wonder. Limerick, the city of my mother’s birth, has a port on the river Shannon, Ireland’s largest waterway, which runs on down to the Atlantic on the southwestern coast. The Shannon estuary favors big ships—or at least they seemed big to me when my grandfather first took me down to see them at Arthur’s Quay.

I believed every word; I needed this whiff of adventure. The atmosphere of our household too often crackled with the bewildering terror of my father’s hair-trigger rage, and even at that age I had begun to grasp the hope of the horizon. These ships, my grandfather said, sailed the world. And he spun the names of glorious ports as though they were foreign coins: Tangier, Hyderabad, Marseilles, Famagusta, Montevideo, Valparaíso, Cairo, Casablanca, Venice. Their holds contained bales of silk, barrels of port, casks of brandy and wine, carved elephants of ebony with tusks of real ivory, huge crates of chocolate ingots that would later be trimmed down into chocolate bars, slabs of gold for the priests to melt down and make into chalices, bales of tobacco from which his own plug was cut personally, dancing shoes for men, corsets for, he said, “comfortable ladies,” boxes of sheet music for the piano players of Ireland, and brooches of jade and necklaces of jet for their singers and sweethearts.

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