Jumping Ship

The ship Coromandel, photo courtesy of coroalive.org.au

From time to time expressions I’ve heard in the past spring to mind and today it’s “Jumping Ship” and I feel that’s what I’m doing. The prompts I’ve seen for Bloganuary simply don’t suit me so I’ve decided to “Jump Ship” and that gives me a topic for today. I still intend to try and post every day so feel Im participating in Bloganuary.

Just a few kilometres up the road from our suburb is Coromandel Valley which was the area where ten sailors hid themselves after they’d “jumped ship”, the ship was the “Coromandel”. The men hid until they saw the ship leave the harbour at Glenelg then nine of them gave themselves up to the authorities. Although they should have been prosecuted for breaking their contracts and deserting the ship the Captain was the one who could bring charges and he’d already sailed off so the men were free to go their own ways. I think some probably headed to the Gold Fields in Victoria, South Australia had only been proclaimed a province two weeks earlier.

A time when I feel I’ve really “jumped ship” was when after three years studying and four years working in the field effectively chosen for me I resigned, much to my family’s horror. It was however the start of a very exciting time for me because I went travelling.


Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

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