Safe Return – Chris Hardy

Safe Return

Ship’s log
P&O liner SS Chusan
Yokohama to London
11:00 hrs 4th April 1954

At sea
Heaved to 1 mile SE of Valetta
Wind NW force 4
Cloud and sun
Visibility good
60 ͦ

Found in hold
Naresh Choudhury (?) age 16 (?)
Came on board with cargo
Cotton and jute
Bombay March 20th 1954

Crew of ship’s cutter
Transferred stowaway
To P&O liner SS Canton
Southampton to Singapore
Via Suez Aden Bombay
Columbo Penang

Stowaway received by
Petty Officer and Bosun
SS Canton
Taken into custody

Chris Hardy’s poems have been widely published. His collection ‘Key to the Highway’ appeared from Shoestring Press in summer, 2021. He is in LiTTLe MACHiNe. “A guitarist as well as a poet Chris always hits the right note”. Roger McGough.


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