Once upon a time there was a famous sea captain. This captain was
very successful at what he did; for years he guided merchant ships
all over the world. Never did stormy seas or pirates get the best of
him. He was admired by his crew and fellow captains.
However, there was one thing different about this captain. Every
morning he went through a strange ritual. He would lock himself in
his captain’s quarters and open a small safe. In the safe was an
envelope with a piece of paper inside. He would stare at the paper
for a minute, then lock it back up. After, he would go about his
For years this went on, and his crew became very curious. Was it a
treasure map? Was it a letter from a long lost love? Everyone
speculated the contents of the strange envelope.
One day the captain died at sea. After laying the captain’s body to
rest, the first mate led the entire crew into the captains quarters.
He opened the safe, got the envelope, opened it and…
The first mate turned pale and showed the paper to the others. Four
words were on the paper, two on two lines:
“Port is Left, Starboard is Right.”