The Skipper – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s tale is based on a true story, much of which is disputed.
So please consider it to be what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

The Skipper

He is a crazy guy, the skipper, but a brilliant sailor.
And a great tactician, I am glad he is on our side.
He is destined for great things, I’d say, if he lives long enough!
Although he is a Scot, he does not like the British at all.
Just last year, 1778, he captured a Royal Navy ship, HMS Drake.
This was the the first ever American naval victory in British waters.
And now we are fighting this RN frigate, HMS Serapis, and we are outgunned, and in a bit of trouble.
We get in close and ram them, but we are badly damaged.
The skipper orders the release of our prisoners, about 500, so that they will not drown if we sink.
Their captain asks if we will surrender.
Our man replies ‘I have not yet begun to fight’!
And a short while later they concede to us.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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14 Responses to The Skipper – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Francesca Smith says:

    What is it with the Scots hating on the English? Very good story!


    • ceayr says:

      Hi Francesca, and thank you for your comment.
      I am unaware of any Scots ‘hating’ the English.
      And, furthermore, there is no reference to ‘English’ in this story.
      It takes place long after the Union, so British, as I am sure you are aware, includes, alphabetically, English, Irish, Scots, and Welsh.
      I hope this helps your understanding of the story and the history.


      • ceayr says:

        Francesca, as you chose to ignore my request to take this elsewhere I have deleted your last comments.
        This is a fiction blog, not a political forum.
        You have my email address if you want to continue the conversation, but please now respect my boundaries on my blog.

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  2. Dave says:

    Poor John Paul, always associated with his brother Davy.


  3. Wonderful story, and it makes it even more so knowing it is true.


  4. Fantastic story. Never give up if there is eve the slimmest of chances


  5. Steve Lakey says:

    There is something about adventure on the Seas that stirs the blood!


  6. niasunset says:

    I enjoyed reading this story,
    I am a seasick person too,
    so I love to read sea stories
    at my desk🙂
    Thank you, Love, nia

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant be captain of a great ship
    He is not equipped to be a stout skipper
    He does not like the sea
    Even on his TV
    He gets seasick when he watches Flipper


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