December is one of our busiest months, but the snow came, the temperature dropped and more snow came so for a while ship visiting had to stop. This makes it even more lonely for the seamen, as they are away from home and families at Christmas. When conditions improved, John was talking to a Filipino seaman who said that this would be another Christmas away from home. When he was young he did not mind how much time he spent at sea, but now when he leaves home his footsteps are heavy, because he leaves behind a wife and children. He needs to continue to work at sea to support his family.
John Barnard – Grimsby