At the quay
Janne is sitting at the quay writing a letter to his aunt, Maria Sjöberg. In just a few minutes he will sign on the barque Alma, which is about to set sail for England. Janne was only fourteen years old when he went to sea. Today he is a fully qualified seaman. All the equipment he will need on the journey is stuffed into his sailor’s bag. This time he will be gone for at least eight months.