To get ashore from a buoy or anchorage berth in those days we used to hail one of the sampans which lay off the foot of the gangway. They would sail us to one of the piers for a couple of dollars. Occasionally, when there was a bit of a breeze, this meant a bit of a wetting for our best go-ashore rig, even though the lady Captains were excellent sailormen. If a crowd of us were going ashore to play football then the Padre used to send the Missions to Seamen (Flying Angel) launch for us. In later years the Agent's launch used to provide a ferry service.
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