Preparing to top the derricks before arrival at the first port on the coast. This ritual heralded the end of the structured routine of the ocean passage and the beginning of a totally different way of life as the ship was inundated by hordes of strangers, with a few thieves and vagabonds amongst them. However, people quickly settled to it, especially after they had had a run ashore. The City Lights in Penang was often a first call on a Far Eastern voyage.

Topping derricks

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