A young woman was so depressed that she decided to end
her life by throwing herself into the ocean. She went
down to the docks and was about to leap into the frigid
water when a handsome young sailor saw her tottering on
the edge of the pier crying.
He took pity on her and said, "Look, you've got a lot
to live for. I'm off to Europe in the morning, and if
you like, I can stow you away on my ship. I'll take
good care of you and bring you food every day." Moving
closer he slipped his arm round her shoulder and added,
"I'll keep you happy, and you'll keep me happy". The
girl nodded yes. After all, what did she have to lose?
That night, the sailor brought her aboard and hid her
in a lifeboat. From then on every night he brought her
three sandwiches and a piece of fruit, and they made
passionate love until dawn.
Three weeks later, during a routine inspection, she was
discovered by the captain. "What are you doing here?"
the Captain asked.
"I have an arrangement with one of the sailors," she
explained. "I get food and trip to Europe, and he's
"He sure is, lady," the Captain said. "This is the
Staten Island Ferry."