Ngoma in Jeddah harbour. This little craft had been built in East Africa by an officer in the King's African Rifles. He and a friend were sailing it home from Dar-es-Salaam. However, in the northern Red Sea he had to use the engine to make progress against the strong northerlies which live in the area and, as Murphy's law dictates, it packed up. So he diverted to Jeddah for repairs. He didn't have any detailed charts, but he made it. Anyone who remembers the reefs in the area will agree that that was quite a feat. We invited them aboard for a bath and a feed and although the ship's liquor was locked away I believe we were able to fortify them from the 'medicinal' supplies.

Captain Barden, for 'twas he, has passed away now but his story of the voyage is on line at


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