Wisdom: Your Life Depends on It


— Olu Taiwo

A young ensign, after nearly completing his first overseas cruise, was given an opportunity to display his capabilities at getting the ship under way.

With a stream of commands, he had the decks buzzing with men and soon the ship was steaming out the channel en route to the States.

 His efficiency established a new record for getting a destroyer under way, and he was not surprised when a seaman approached him with a message from the captain he was a bit surprised, though, to find it a radio and even more surprised to read: ‘My personal congratulations upon completing your under way 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.’

James Hewett,  Illustrations Unlimited. 
(Wheaton: Tyndale  House  Publishers, Inc, 1988), p.487.