Sunday, March 24, 2019

John Williams VII

It's a photo of the mission ship the John Williams VII, anchored off Ocean Island or Banaba in the Pacific, I think in 1965. I spent months on this ship as a youth. The ship was built in 1962, and named after a famous missionary of the London Missionary Society, who was (alas) eaten in 1839. OBSERVATION: The ship rolled notoriously, because its keel had been shortened. Some say to negotiate treacherous waters, some say to avoid taxes. Maybe it was both. In 2009, decendents of those who ate John Williams apologised in a ceremony of reconciliation.

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