He was also pessimistic about the developing storm.
‘From what I hear, it could turn out to be one of the worst in many years. You are lucky that the Captain holds to his word because the delay caused by our little detour to Bordeaux could be costly. He would prefer to outrun it across the Atlantic rather than hug the coastline for the next few days. My advice is to stay in your berth – both for the sake of your stomach but also to avoid Captain Jones’s irritation. Let him take it out on the crew.’