I was of the opinion that we depart right away, lest the authorities change their minds and forbid our leaving. Of course, the Captain would not hear of departing until he had a first mate. But Elijah quietly stepped forward with both an idea and a plan.
In talking with Tomas, Elijah had learned a lot about the young man – not only has he studied at this country’s maritime academy, but has also worked on ships in his father’s merchant fleet.
The Captain was familiar with the family shipping firm and expressed his wish to meet the young gentleman.
Elijah went ashore and brought back an amenable Tomas to meet the Captain.
Our ship now has a new first mate.