and what about the Ship’s Parrot…..

checking performance

checking performance

Extra Question: Did you enjoy having a Ship’s Parrot? What was good (or bad!) about it?

Armando_PRicon

It was funny, mainly because he always have the answers. As Gilberto used to say: “Ask the Parrot”.

checking charts and routing...

checking charts and routing…

 

Gil_PRicon

YES! RC had always an aswer and was always right!

Gilles and RC, the Ship's Parrot, become acquainted!

Gilles and RC, the Ship’s Parrot, become acquainted!

Jerry_PRicon

I enjoyed using it as a ceremonial punchbag before venturing up in the graveyard watch.

Ship's Parrot, RC, and crew - The Solent

Ship’s Parrot, RC, and crew – The Solent

Nigel_PRicon

RC the parrot was very welcome onboard, we talked a lot during the nights. RC would just turn up here and there without warning though, I suppose checking on things.

taking a turn as grinder

taking a turn as grinder

Sophie_PRicon

RC the Parrot was a great stress reliever. I would talk to RC when the crew were getting on my nerves!!! Sadly for the parrot, it also became the ‘blame hound’ …. ‘someone’ tended to fart quite a lot and the poor parrot got the blame …

RC also was pretty knowledgeable …. whenever we needed the answer to a question, we ‘asked the parrot’ ….. the source of much amusement…. especially at 3am, asking Gilberto ‘Are you asleep?’ and he’d reply ‘I danno, ask de parrot’ 🙂

RC would be moved around the boat a lot … inside when it was damp, outside swinging from the sprayhood when it was nice 🙂 I’m surprised his feathers didn’t fade in the sunlight 🙂

Sophie cooking at an angle

Sophie cooking at an angle – parrot “flying”

 

Tony_PRicon

Ask the Parrot ….. Became the watchword for many questions, especially if they concerned the reliability of weather forecasts. So, yes, the Parrot was a source of comic relief and a welcome addition to the crew 🙂

 

Watching over Chaos (Tony)

Watching over Chaos (Tony)

by Joanne / RainbowChaser (jsbc007@aol.com)

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