With the recent ‘Whalers Reunion’ having taken place in Shetland, the links between the islands and the sea were once again highlighted. The Whaling industry in the Southern Atlantic was a dangerous occupation starting in the early 1900’s and a lot of men left Shetland to take part in this right up until it ceased around 1963. Seafaring was the life of many a local man, and this cartoon by Charles Grave (1886-1944) maybe echoes a scene remembered by those in the Merchant Navy.
"This is a ruddy fine game 'olystonin' the decks at one o'clock in the mornin'."
"You ain't got the right way of lookin' at it. I gets a lot of 'appiness by bangin'
about an' keepin' passengers awake what's paid a 'undred quid for the outin'."