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Galley of War

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Cloud Burst
Near Guam.
North Pacific Sea. 1968
Archival Print #G100CB
(c)2003 L. Nollenberger

We were somewhere near Guam when the weather changed abruptly. Clouds soared across the sky and it started to rain. I heard a sharp crack as the lightning struck off the port side of the ship. For a moment I thought we were under attack but it was just a rare microburst erupting from a passing cloud. Winds whipped across the sea and waves smashed against the side of the ship. I clutched at the railing in an attempt to keep from being washed overboard. It looked like a rough ride ahead.