The fasting and the time apart proved effective for me. I can truthfully say that my mind did not wander once.
Towards the end of my watch I sighted a light in the darkness in front of us. Tomas answered my call, and after observing it himself, judged it to be on land.
Based on that knowledge the Captain ordered the ship to hold up offshore until morning. And had the watch tripled.
The source of the light proved to be a village. We warily watched as one of their boats came out to us.
As it turned out the Captain was acquainted with the person in charge. And he soon agreed to transport some of their tin and bauxite.