We were sailing over the Atlantic ocean, going towards Nova scotia (Canada) from Norway when two days into the voyage, our brand new ship encountered some heavy engine problems. Water leaked into the shaft which heated the engine way beyond normal standards forcing the engineers to shut down the engine and allow it to cool.
It was extremely bad weather in that part of the world , one storm after another competing in strength and ferocity. Every time our engines were shut down, the huge super tanker would begin pitching and rolling making every thing in our cabins, including the curtains on the port- holes go swishing from one end to another. Heavy rains lashed at the windows making visibility scarce, skies were heavily downcast, not a star in sight, not another ship in view. Same gloomy scenario day after day.
Some time amidst all this we sailed through the Bermuda triangle. In a day or two we were sailing close to where the Titanic sunk. Everyone onboard were working day and night to find a way to fix the problem. Luckily our ship was one tough lady and did not once go off course, which could have led us to the ice-bergs. The heavy pitching and rolling was taking a toll on many of our stomachs leaving the officers and crew mentally and physically exhausted.
I had with me my girls that year, two tiny tots who were freaking out with joy to see the sofas and chairs doing see-saw in the cabin. Whilst they laughed in joy I nearly fainted in fear. A couple of times I tried influencing the captain to ask for help. He gave me his usual warm hug and reassured me things would be just fine.
I began my bargain with the almighty, bribed him with a lot of goodies which he probably wouldn't find in heaven. Finally after a long twelve day harrowing experience, God could resist my pleas no more. We made it to Nova-scotia. The capt and the entire crew were given a heroes welcome for making it thus far safely without outside help. We were the biggest ship to have made it to that port till then. Since the repairs would take time, my girls and me got a fortnight in beautiful Halifax.
The sea has always been a force to reckon with for me, was always in awe of her power. After this incident I have felt a new emotion for her..love...for having spared my little girls and taken us to safe shores...she is mother to me.