She sat in the docks at the nearby industrial town, all tied up, the crew silent and still. The cold February waters lapped at her hull, silent save for the call of the coastal birds skimming the water, intermittently casting shadows on the metal hulk as the last rays of the afternoon sun pierced the grey clouds. I can see the seamen now, walking on the deck or talking in the control room, all able and ready to roam the ocean’s waves. ‘Where are you off to and where are you going?’ I want to shout across the divide that separates us, the land from the sea. ‘What do you do in your spare time aboard and where do you hail from?’ Those are the questions that plague me, make me desperate to jump aboard myself and skip abroad. That great seabird, the silent albatross, could be my constant companion, my faithful friend as we roamed seas new and old, cold and warm.