Fifteen-year-old Fiona Maplestone had been sent aloft on the tall ship Alma Doepel, to furl the heavy mizzen sail, when one of the ropes snapped.
“The rope has broken,” she yelled down to the crew on deck. “What should I do?”
“Fix it,” was his response.
An adventurous but reserved country teenager, Fiona was then a newcomer to the world of grown-up responsibility.