Timeline:- June 1970
Subject:- School trip to the Baltic
The first day out into the North Sea was calm enough but that was to change as our ship the TSS Baltika ran into Mother Nature's fury crossing over to Europe. In a few short minutes it took me to go to "The Head" she yawed so much I had to support myself by pushing on the passage walls like a spider. The most popular phrase that night was "Pass the bucket."
The Baltika was a Russian ship built in Holland during WW2 and age her was showing as she ploughed the waves on what had become her route.
Each day on the return my friends and I would look at the chart and count the lights until we made London again and safety.
I recall the time so accurately because we sang two tunes on the return "Sailing" and "Back Home."
I have had many crossings, mostly from Holland to Harwich but only one nearly as bad as that trip.