ROSEWOOD – King Adam of Überstadt and his father, Michael von Friedeck, survived last Saturday’s strong storm that caused mayhem throughout the Puget Sound area. The royals were at sea with the entire Überstadti naval fleet when they were caught in the gale.
Adam and his father, who is a Vice Admiral in the Überstadti Navy and the kingdom’s High Chancellor, had spent the previous day studying military architecture at the 19th Century British garrison on San Juan Island, and had intended to make a day-long voyage back to port in Everett, Washington, over 60 nautical miles away. They were aboard HMNS Bert George, a 26-foot sailing patrol boat and flagship of His Majesty’s Navy, with the inflatable HMNS Bergstrom in tow as a tender.
As a result of imprecise weather information, the fleet set out into the midst of a gale. While in the Haro Strait between the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island, the vessels were subjected to winds of over 50 miles per hour and waves up to eight feet in height. Vice Admiral von Friedeck remained at the helm for several hours while King Adam remained within the Bert George‘s cabin monitoring navigational instruments and charts.
After some time of being tossed and nearly rolled by the waves, the two decided to turn back northward and seek shelter in Roche Harbor, located near the last night’s anchorage. The fleet anchored in a small bay for over an hour until the worst of the storm passed, during which time tears were discovered in HMNS Bergstrom, deflating one of its two tubes. The craft was bound to Bert George so it would not continue to take on water.
At mid-afternoon, the fleet entered Roche Harbor. Von Friedeck was found to have been injured in his fight against the storm, and Adam was weak from severe motion sickness, an unusual condition for him. The monarch hailed his father’s efforts, which he credits with saving the fleet and most likely the lives of everyone on board.
“The radio was busy with distress messages,” Adam said. “The next day, we even saw a wreck grounded against some cliffs. I have no doubt that without my father’s fortitude and divine aid, we could have been lost at sea.”
The pair resumed their journey home the next day, but unfavorable winds and tides led them to moor the fleet in Oak Harbor rather than continue southward to Everett. They returned to the mainland by ferry and will return in fairer conditions to bring the Bert George and Bergstrom back to their home port.