From 30/11/14 – “Harbour Fog…”

I was walking around Ramsgate Harbour again this morning and really enjoyed the quiet calm that a light fog had brought in…

Despite it being a fog-bound, low tide, Sunday morning, there were still things going on, including the fishermen making sure their nets were ready for their next trip out…


George Clooney does a great job of evoking the sense of a fishing boat leaving harbour in the film “The Perfect Storm”:

Captain Billy Tyne: “The fog’s just lifting. Throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. You head out to South channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I skated as a kid.

“Blow your air-horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper’s kid on Thatcher Island.

“Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dump ducks.The sun hits ya – head North. Open up to 12 – steamin’ now.

“The guys are busy; you’re in charge.

“Ya know what? You’re a goddam swordboat captain! Is there any thing better in the world?”

These lines always bring a tear to my eyes…

Published by Lee J. Russell

Often having a Cold War influence, my stories explore desperate situations that take people to their physical and emotional limits. Find me on Twitter as @LeeJ_Russell or at

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