By Clive Romney
Enoch Train Onboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl
ON THE NORTH SEA -- The day began innocently enough. The sun sparkled on
the gentle waves, belying what would later occur. I forgot to mention that
European yogurt is one of the truly great blessings of breakfast aboard the
Statsraad Lehmkuhl...one of many. Hammocks are strung up even in the
galley, so those who sleep there are at the disadvantage of having to be out
of bed and have their hammocks rolled up and stowed in the baggage hold by
7AM. Then all day long they have people in their bedroom treating it like a
kitchen. They feel dispossessed, disinherited.
So at the passengers' meeting we discuss such problems and possible
solutions and are introduced to our 3 ward presidents who are sustained
unanimously. We are urged to take our problems to them first. The ship's
captain gives us some instructions on, among other things, seasickness (a
foreshadowing). Before lunch, clouds roll in, the winds pick up, and the
ship begins to pitch and roll. Enoch Train has another rehearsal after
lunch, this time on the opposite side of the galley so that those on the
starboard side don't feel picked on. But our rehearsal is abbreviated by
seasickness taking its toll on first Janice and then Jay.
After the rehearsal Tom teaches Rhiannon a tune he wrote, but hasn't named.
Her ear has been well trained by her Suzuki experiences and she picks it up
amazingly quickly. She asks Tom what it is named, and he, also feeling a
little woozy, says, "Well I haven't named it yet, but how about 'Pukey
Rain'"? Rhiannon at first agrees, but later euphemizes the title to "The
Storm." And she plays it with us at the shipboard concert that night. But
the concert, too, is abbreviated due to seasickness, as we anchor ourselves
against cabinets and walls just to be able to play. This is getting to be
entirely too much like our ancestors' experiences! We really hadn't planned
Courtesy of Enoch Train
To learn more about Enoch Train and their participation on the historic SeaTrek 2001, go to http://www.enochtrain.com.