It’s the 1850s, and Joe is looking out at the Atlantic Ocean. He’s in the military and he might be looking for girls, but he has a girlfriend, and he might be looking for her, too.
Joe has a friend on the ship that you cannot see.
Joe is thinking about his girlfriend, Lily, who isn’t there. He’s hoping that she’s okay and coming to the ship, but she’s not allowed in the military, so she won’t be coming. Joe sees Lily every two weeks. He hopes and prays that she is okay.