PJ and I met on a ship on the Indian Ocean.
We shared a love of the sea, of writing and of travelling.
In the two and a half years we were together we sailed on the Mediterranean, cruised the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. We crossed the Atlantic on a clipper and flew across the Pacific three times. We even voyages through the Southern Ocean, crossing Drake Passage to witness the awesome beauty of the Antarctic Peninsular.
What a wonderful time we had together.
PJ said that if anything happened to him he wanted his ashes to be scattered in the sea from the deck of a cruise ship.
Next week I will fulfil his wish as, with my son, I join a cruise ship in Civitavecchia (Rome) and sail out into the Mediterranean to say my final farewell.
Peter J Ryan - RIP
Photo: From the bow of the Star Clipper, Mid Atlantic 2004