Ship Lag

The difference between ship lag and jet lag is with ship lag you wake up in the middle of the night before you get home rather than after. I have been awake since 4:00 AM. We have set our clock back one hour for three nights in a row. Our bodies do not adjust that quickly. Since the ship has to be on port time, we have two more to go. This photo shows the front of our daily schedule before we reached Oman. The time change is reported just before the notice of the anti-piracy drill.

This world voyage has been about time as well as place. When we arrive in Ft. Lauderdale we will have been around the world once and around the clock twice. We have learned first hand that time is relative. It is used to calculate longitude but it is not determined by longitude. We have consistently traveled west, but we have set our clocks forward and back at different times. The International Date Line is crooked because some islands want to be the same day as a particular part of the world, East or West.

Time is economic and political. The government just decides what time they want it to be. Chile was two hours ahead of what longitude would make it so it would have the same time as the rest of South America. Two different places, Sri Lanka and Oman, had us set our clocks on the half hour compared to the rest of the world. Think about that the next time you ask what time it is. That saying people use when they want to drink alcohol before noon, “It is five o’clock somewhere” is more true than you might think. See you soon.

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