Wild Ride on the Superdong 1
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The Superdong 1 bobbed away from the dock on schedule at 8:00 a.m. The boat was much bigger than the one that had brought me from Ha Tien and all of its 163 seats were occupied. There was a small outside area on the upper deck but riding up there would be impossible on this crossing. Seasickness pills were handed out by the crew and black plastic bags were strategically placed in small bundles.
Any views out the windows were blocked by water spraying over the bow and pouring down the sides as we got under way. Each wave echoed against the steel hull like a giant sledge hammer.
The boat pitched and rolled from side to side and up and down like an amusement park ride. Several times, the captain cut throttles just before the bow lifted high out of the water then dropped suddenly to slam back into the sea at awkward angles. Some passengers screamed, many got sick. Crewmen scrambled to keep up with the demand for the black plastic bags. The motorbikes strained against their tie-down ropes as wind and sea water sprayed over the bow. Normally, the crossing to Rach Gia was about two-and-a-half hours but this one took three.