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I had the same experience on the Orduna where we slept in the same place as we ate. Hammocks can be surprisingly comfortable if they are slung correctly.
If you’ve ever seen old films, highly unlikely I suppose at your age, like the old Abbot and Costello or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ones showing servicemen on troopships they always showed those people who couldn’t get the hang of it al first.
There’s no pun intended there but some tried to sling them so tightly that they were like a tightrope while others used the full length of the ropes and ended up almost lying on the decks.
One tiny little Scot on our first night asked what we were supposed to do ’with these things’ and was told ’Tie it on a hook’. He took this literally and tied both ends to one hook.
We were all trying to get to sleep when we heard him ask, ’How the F*** are we supposed to sleep like this?’ When I looked he was swinging gently around with his legs hanging out of the hammock which was like a big baby bouncer in between being banged into the wall rhythmically as the ship rolled. You can guess the reaction!
The fact that there were about eighty already slung up with a man in each when he asked seemed to pass over his head somehow. Ah well - happy days.
Once a Lancer, always a Lancer!