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When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident... or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.

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    Wenn mich jemand fragt, wie ich meine Erfahrung in fast vierzig Jahren auf See am besten beschreiben kann, sage ich nur ereignislos. Natürlich gab es Winterstürme und Stürme und Nebel und dergleichen. Aber nach all meiner Erfahrung hatte ich noch nie einen Unfall ... oder eine Art, über die es sich zu sprechen lohnt. Ich habe in all meinen Jahren auf See nur ein Schiff in Not gesehen. Ich habe nie ein Wrack gesehen und war nie zerstört worden, noch war ich jemals in einer schwierigen Lage, die drohte, in einer Katastrophe jeglicher Art zu enden.

    quando qualcuno mi chiede come posso descrivere al meglio la mia esperienza in quasi quarant'anni in mare, dico semplicemente, senza incidenti. ovviamente ci sono state tempeste invernali, tempeste, nebbia e simili. ma in tutta la mia esperienza, non ho mai avuto incidenti ... o cose di cui valga la pena parlare. ho visto solo una nave in pericolo in tutti i miei anni in mare. non ho mai visto un relitto e non sono mai stato distrutto, né sono mai stato in una situazione che minacciava di finire in un disastro di qualsiasi tipo.

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