…What do you do on a quiet evening d.d. 07-04-’70 in the Persian Gulf?


You try to catch some fish.
There were enough of them swimming around the ship.
But they did not bite.
What should you do?


Then we go catch snakes: sea snakes!
They came at the light of the work lights and the swarming fish.
With a boat hook right in the middle of that beast, a swing and the snake splashed on deck.
Quick the boat hook behind his head and with the pliers it was cut off.
After that we had to skin, nail on a shelf and let it dry.
A nice souvenir for home.

Work lights on the ‘Gelderland’.











A fishing vessel came alongside and saw our result on that shelf.
The fisherman was horrified to see if we knew that the snakes were very poisonous.
We caught them in our shorts and on slippers.

One of those snakes had also ended up in the engine room.
Because of that swaying, it flew in through the skylights.

For days we went downstairs anxiously, because where was that animal lurking at us?


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