A Meeting at Sea

It is an ugly or perhaps homely sailboat, broad and blundering along.  The other is the magnificent red steel hull of a much larger vessel, loaded up with containers. On the sailboat, a man is moving frantically, heaving on stays and turning the wheel. The other is an implacable wall moving steadily. The sailboat begins to turn, but the arc is too shallow. It is drawn roughly across the surface of the other, a blunt pencil stabbed against a table. Unperturbed the other passes by, leaving the stunned and splintered sailboat in its considerable wake.

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