Captain of a ferry-boat

Capitaine de ferry-boat

Captain of a ferry-boat


English version below the picture


J ‘ étais anxieux en ce jour de 1966 car je venais d être nommé capitaine d ‘un ferry – boat à Boulogne – sur – mer et je n’ y connaissais absolument rien !

Quoi qu’il soit ,  ma femme Janine et moi étions sur le quai au petit matin . Notre fille de quatre ans Carole ( la future duchesse ) était déjà installée et nous regardait en souriant par un hublot .
Je montais sur le pont de ce ferry désert . J
Je savais qu’il n’ y avait plus de mazout dans le réservoir que j’ avais à remplir . Quel mazout acheter ? Où l’ acheter ? Comment le mettre dans le réservoir ?
Où était le trou de remplissage ? Comment le payer , j’ avançais vers l’ avant du navire et je vis une pompe pas loin .

–       Je criais au pompiste «  Avez – vous du mazout ? «

–    «  Oui «  répondit – il «  Quelle sorte de mazout voulez – vous ? «

A ce moment une femme qui vivait dans une maison près du quai ,  nous entendant , me dit à haute voix :
«  Prenez en du bon comme cela vos machines ne tomberont pas en panne au milieu du Détroit du Pas de Calais ! «

–  Mettez – moi du mazout  Premier «  dis – je  au pompiste ( Le Premier est la meilleure qualité )

J’ étais soulagé de le voir arriver tirant un gros et interminable tuyau

–   « Mon bateau est le second et pas le premier lui dis – je de crainte qu’il mette son mazout dans le mauvais bateau  .

Je le vis traverser le bateau de la droite vers la gauche en tirant son tuyau .
Le trou de remplissage était situé à gauche à l’ extérieur du bateau et l’homme avait à se pencher dangereusement par-dessus le bastingage pour mettre le mazout .

L’ équipage arriva progressivement et je leur dis que je ne me souvenais plus du nom de la compagnie propriétaire du bateau  .
Je devais le connaître pour payer la facture au pompiste.
Durant ce temps ce dernier regardait quelque chose intensivement et déclara :

–  «  Vous avez un pneu complètement déchiré ! «

Pneus ? Roues ? Mon bateau avait des roues !!!!!!????? . Je commençais à m’ évanouir .
L’ équipage disait qu’il était inutile de le changer mais je décidais de le faire ……pour l’ honneur de la marine…… anglaise !!!!

A ce moment la cloche du bateau sonna puis progressivement le son devint comme celui d’une cuillère mêlant le café dans une tasse .
J’ ouvris un œil . Janine était là assise sur le bord du lit m’ apportant une tasse de café tôt le matin de ce jour de Novembre 2000 à 8 h et demi .
J ‘ avais rêvé et je transcris immédiatement ce  rêve qui se situait 34 ans plus tôt . .

Finalement les rêves multiplient nos vies  et nous font vivre des aventures et des situations inattendues quelquefois heureuses ,quelquefois angoissantes mais toujours  créatives

ferry boat

I was anxious on this day of 1966 as I have just been told I was the new captain of a ferry boat in Boulogne-sur -mer harbour  ( Northern France ) .
and I knew absoltly nothing about this job .

  Whatever my wife  Janine and I were on the quay in the early morning  . 
Our 4 years old Carole ( now called the duchess) already was installed and looked at us through a window of  the boat in smiling 
  I went on the deck of that deserted ferry- boat . 
I knew there was no oil in the tank so I had to fill it. What oil to buy ? Where to buy it? How to put it in the tank? 
Where was the hole for that ? How to pay the bill ? I walked towards the foredeck and saw a pump for boat no far .

–   I shouted for the pump attendant : “ Do you have oil ? “

–   Yes , he said . “What kind of oil do you want “?

 At this moment a woman who lived in a house near the quay and hearing us from her window  told me out loud

Take a good one so that your machines won’ t block at the middle of the Channel of Dover ! “

–  “ Give me Premier oil “, I told the pump man . ( Premier is the best quality )

I was relieved to see him coming in hauling a huge and without end hose.

       – “ My boat is not the first but the second “ I told him by fear he put the oil in the wrong boat !

 I saw him crossing the boat from right to left pulling his hose . 
The hole to fill the tank was located  on the left outside the boat  and the man had to bend forward dangerously over the handrail to put the oil .

 The crew came progressively and I told them I didn’t remember the name of the company owner of the boat .
I needed to know to pay the oil bill to the pump man .
During this time ,  this last was looking intensively at something and he said  :

       – You have a tyre completely torn! “

 Tyre? Wheel? My boat had wheels !!!!!???? I started to faint .

 The crew said it was useless to change it but I decided to do it ……. for the honour of the ………British Navy!!!!

  At this moment the bell of the boat rang then progressively the sound became like the one of a spoon mixing coffee in a cup .
I opened an eye . Janine were there , sat on the edge of our bed, bringing me a cup of coffee early in the morning at eight and half on this day of November 2000.
I had dreamt. And I wrote immediately my dream which took place 34 years before ..

   Finally the dreams multiply your life and make you live adventures and situations completely unexpected , sometimes happy , sometimes stressful butt always creative .

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61 Responses to Captain of a ferry-boat

  1. mrswrangler says:

    An interesting dream. I had a weird one last night also.

  2. This brought such s big smile to my face! I’m sure you would have made a fine captain. Love ❤️

  3. guestbrief says:

    I like the fact that you were taking your family on the boat! Sweet! ❤ keep dreaming! 🙂
    love, Rhonda

  4. puffpop says:

    A good imagination. I hope all is well with you. Now that the “celebration of life’ services are over for my best friend and the better half of our union and the family has gone home, I am seeking God’s help everyday to move on. Other people have done it. I can too. Even though you know that death will come, it is NEVER expected. It goes well beyond an unpleasant happening.

  5. judyrutrider says:

    Good dream with just a touch of anxiety. Interesting that you were undaunted by your lack of expertise.

  6. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    How interesting your dream reflects a past event. I enjoyed reading about it, as well as seeing the drawing that you made. Hope you are doing well, Michel! Bisous, Louisa

  7. blb1 says:

    Well that is creative. I fall asleep with the TV on so my dreams I never remember, like you did.

  8. What an intriguing, interesting dream, Michel! I love that you had family on board the boat with you. 🙂
    OH, and I love your drawing! The details are wonderful…especially the !? over your head! 🙂
    What you said about dreams is so true. I wish they were all pleasant ones…but sometimes we learn things from the not-so-pleasant ones and they help us release some of the doubts and fears, etc. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  9. L. Gail says:

    I have had worrisome dreams like that. I do not like them. I do like your description of your dream and that it ended with a good cup of coffee, thanks to Janine who saved the day. 🙂
    I adore your art/ drawings.

  10. jstnotherday says:

    This story was so intriguing and kept me edge of seat with wondering, ‘What next?’. I especially love where you say, “My boat has wheels?!” I started to smile and laugh. At this point I begin to catch on that this may be not quite real, but a dream you are having. By time I heard the spoon stirring the coffee I knew that you were about to wake from a dream.
    Thank you for such entertainment!
    Blessings to you,

  11. Susan Joos says:

    It is amazing to have such clarity of detail in a dream sometimes – and I am grateful to awaken before I become too terribly anxious! I have never drawn a picture of a dream, though. I love the comforting little smiling face of Carole; nothing can be TOO bad in the dream if she is so happy, right?

  12. Gayle Smith says:

    the older I get, the weirder my dreams get!! I have a few I can remember in detail like that, but most of them I forget! Take care my friend….glad
    it was just a dream! ❤

  13. Neat dream. I think you’d make a great captain.

  14. Rachel says:

    I was just thinking of you last night! So glad to hear from you!
    My grandson, Misha, is growing.
    I canned 60 pints of tomatoes.
    It is very warm and humid. We had one night that was dangerous. We had a tornado warning in our area! I am looking forward to fall weather. 🍁

  15. julie says:

    It is funny what happens in our dreams , this is a delightful one from Captain Michel 🙂

  16. Great story and great drawing. It seems to be the time of year for strange dreams. I posted one on FB but maybe I should post it here. Blessings to you and your family.

  17. marica0701 says:

    Oh wow, the story was so full of suspense… only to be a dream! 🙂 I had a dream recently where I was struggling to find where to fill my new car with gasoline.

    I hope your other dreams aren’t so scary 😉

    Take care,

    – Marica

  18. cocosangel says:

    I am so amazed by your dream. It is amazing the road you have rode on to be in this place now. 🙂

  19. Annalisa says:

    Une histoire trés jolie! Merci de l’avoir partagée, Michel. J’espère que vous êtes tous bien.
    A big hug.

  20. Marion Manson says:

    Love your drawing, Michel! Thanks for sharing this very interesting dream. 🙂 It’s amazing how the mind works and what it conjures in our subconscious!

  21. iampeacenow says:

    This is wonderful! Dreams are so interesting. How wonderful you recorded it all and made this wonderful drawing! I agree with you – in dreams it is as if we extend our lives a bit and make them a bit more interesting.
    peace & love,

  22. angela says:

    i just love reading your posts and this one made me laugh! as always, you are so creative and talented and i love that you remembered your dream with such great detail!! thank you for sharing. i rarely remember my dreams and isla just told me hers this morning which i’ve already forgotten! oh well. 😦 sending all our love <3<3 angela

  23. It is a pleasure to read you, Angela .I am glad you enjoyed this post . And you are right, most often we foRget totally our drams and it is better like that .<3

  24. Cheri Herald says:

    Dreams can be so strange! Thanks for sharing yours.I enjoyed the ride 🙂

  25. Dreams can bring back wonderful memories or we have dreams and wonder ‘where did that come from’ ? 😀

  26. Lavinia Ross says:

    Dreams can take one to far away lands and interesting places. Thank you for sharing your ferry boat dream, Michel! 🙂

  27. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! How interesting, I wonder if your dream marked a change in your profession in that time? I was also amused by the woman in the window telling you what kind of fuel to use. I seldom remember dreams very long after I wake, I should write them down like you did. ILYM

  28. Sartenada says:

    Bonjour Michel.

    Quel beau rêve. je l’aime tellement. Pour moi, le 1966 est important, car c’est l’année, quand j’ai commencé mon travail pour Finnair, qui a duré près de quarante ans.

    Bon weekend,

  29. Cath aka Singapore Girl says:

    Hahahaha… that was really funny!
    My favourite dreams are always about buildings.

  30. Nancy Clark Hislop says:

    You wove a wonderful tale in your dreams! I wonder how you and Janine would have enjoyed traveling in that boat with Carole?

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