A little humor to end this hump-day…
A young Ensign had nearly completed his first tour of sea duty when he was given an opportunity to display his ability at getting the CGC Boutwell under way. With a stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with men and soon, the ship had left port and was streaming out of the channel.
The Ensign’s efficiency was very remarkable. In fact, the deck was abuzz with talk that he had set a new record for getting a Cutter under way. The Ensign glowed at his accomplishment and was not all surprised when another Coastie approached him with a message from CAPT Cavanaugh.
He was, however, a bit surprised to find that it was a radio message, and he was even more surprised when he read, “My personal congratulations upon completing your underway preparation exercise according to the book and with amazing speed. In your haste, however, you have overlooked one of the unwritten rules — make sure the captain is aboard before getting under way.”