Tony explained how thankful they all were for Ron holding the papers as Captain of the boat during the time the real Captain was enjoying a month long
vacation back home in the Azores and that Ron had also been a good man to have on the boat, a man who knew how to sew net and splice wire and rope and
knew his way around a boat, Stem to Stern, Keel to Masthead.
It was already planned that Ron’s next trip would be on another Portuguese owned Dragger where he’d once again hold the papers for a vacationing
Captain. You had to be a US citizen to be a Captain back in those days so Ron had a pretty good thing going for himself for a couple of Summers!
The Captain rummaged around in a locker and pulled out a watertight bag and threw it to Ron, here put your dry clothes in this but make sure I get it
back. Ron was so excited he just nodded and ran down to his bunk to pack. Tony had asked him if he wanted to call his friend again but Ron said no
way, let’s surprise everyone at the club.
A little later when Ron was back in the wheelhouse Tony handed him $200.00 and told him he’d hire a Lumper for him for take out (unloading) and that
he’d take the advance out of Ron’s shack money or pay the next day and for him to have fun, that he’d well earned it.
They shook hands and Ron felt like he was gonna bust he was so excited.
Thursday night was ladies night at the Casino and they often had jello wrestling on the beach below the main deck of the club and Ron was hoping that
would be the case tonight.
As they got closer Ron used the glass to better see the beach in front of the club and it was packed.
When Tony hit the million+ candle power night sun spot atop the wheelhouse and aimed it at the Casino then hit the air horn all activity on the beach
froze for a minute then it seemed like the entire club was pouring out onto the deck and beach. As the Captain let the wind and tide drift the boat
towards where he wanted to be the Captain kept giving short blasts on the horn. Tony then killed the spot and everyone ashore could see the 6 men
standing on the bow of The Capt. Mano back lit by the interior lights of the wheelhouse and started yelling and waving. When Tony gave Ron the word he
dove from the 30 foot bow and the cook threw him his bag of clothes. The Captain then began blowing long blasts on the horn which people far and wide
across Cape Cod must have heard and Ron began his swim towards the beach.
It was Ron’s best friend Dave who figured out what was going on and he grabbed his friends Steve and Mike who were with him and they worked their
way through the crowd to the waters edge. Dave was surprised to see the manager of the rock and roll club Casino/small conference center/six suite
hotel. The three friends were even more surprised when three cops showed up and were real happy to see the cops were laughing and that they really
seemed to be enjoying what was going on.
Ron stopped once about 250 feet out and just treaded water for a minute or two looking at he hundreds of people lining the beach and decks of the
club. Where did they all come from he thought, the place doesn’t hold anywhere this number of people.
What Ron failed to realize was that for nearly an hour they had only been slowly drifting towards the shore with only short bursts of the wheel used
to keep the boat on track incase they touched the sandy bottom. During that time phone calls had been made and half of Falmouth was on the move.
A 120 foot Fishing Boat has run aground at the Casino was the word that ended up being shotgunned all over town, not even close….LOL
When Ron next turned around he could just about see the green light on The Capt. Mano which meant they had made the channel again and had turned West
towards Woods Hole so he began an easy stroke towards the beach and people started getting rowdy, maybe 20 people ended up in the water fully clothed
and a girl who he guessed had been jello wrestling was in the water as well screaming for her bikini top.
Ron spotted his friends on the beach and made for them and as he hit dry sand the crowd roared, it was so loud he could not hear what any of what his
three friends were saying. People were crowding them and Ron was getting pounded on the shoulders and back and at one point two different girls tried
to kiss him.
It was so crazy, the three cops and the manager got to Ron and they steered Ron and his friends to a side door that employees of the club had been
guarding. They were then led into an office were Ron dripping wet spent the next 15 minutes explaining all that happened and how he ended up there.
The cops said no laws had been broken and they shook hands all around then the cops found their way out through the club which was now packed from
wall to wall and the band was again playing so it sure seemed everyone was having a blast.
The manager who’s name was Charlie took Ron and his friends upstairs to the other end of the building and brought them to a room that he said was on
the house for the night and when ready to come down and find him again. Ron and his friends could not believe what was happening, Ron figured it would
be exciting for sure but never did he dream of anything like this happening, his buddy’s were just standing there staring at him as the manager
Charlie left the room laughing.
Ron’s buddy’s went back to the club after a little bit to leave Ron to shower and unwind in peace and it didn’t take him long to get into dry
clothes and be out the door.
Maybe 30 minutes later Ron was again downstairs in Charlie’s office where he was introduced to Sherry a bartender. Ron was told that his three
friends and him were to see Sherry at the bar for anything they wanted for the rest of the night, things continued to look up.
When Ron entered the club from the side door he was quickly recognized and an all-mighty cheer sounded out and a bunch of people dragged him up to the
stage where the band was playing and after answering what seemed like a thousand questions things finally began to settle down and Ron joined his
friends who were out on the dance floor where they just stood there and laughed as the band began to play again as people crowded around them.
Ron heard a strange noise and as he turned he heard the words, “oooooooo I’ll take you” come from the mouth of an absolutely beautiful
strawberry blond young woman from Idaho who had the greenest gold flecked eyes Ron has ever seen.
It sure ended up being a night, a night Ron would NEVER forget…..
Note: This is a factual story but very much shortened and the peoples names have been changed.
The Casino is a real place and The Capt. Mano a real boat but she sank years later under another name.
Thank you for reading! 😎
edit on 08-19-2021 by PiratesCut because: see below