Ships and the sea

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  • Must admit I'm not a great sailor unless it's flat calm and certainly couldn't hack being in a submarine. My older brother has spent all his 45 years of working life at sea...20 years as a Captain for Chevron. He'll be 66 this year and still works as a master mariner consultant. I guess he can't settle being at home for long periods. I haven't the foggiest why he chose that career as there's no seafaring history in the family.


    Did you never fancy following in your fathers footseteps Splinter?

  • Must admit I'm not a great sailor unless it's flat calm and certainly couldn't hack being in a submarine. My older brother has spent all his 45 years of working life at sea...20 years as a Captain for Chevron. He'll be 66 this year and still works as a master mariner consultant. I guess he can't settle being at home for long periods. I haven't the foggiest why he chose that career as there's no seafaring history in the family.


    Did you never fancy following in your fathers footseteps Splinter?

    I did at one point, but was let down by my appalling mathematics UK Man . You needed O levels to include maths to enter as a midshipman, but I failed the exam about six times, in spite of private tuition.

    Anyway, here's some incredible German engineering precision.

  • My Dad used to work in the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagaoula, MS. He was only a handful of welders that were qualified to weld the nose cone to a submarine.

  • daniel , our paths keep crossing. Some years ago, we worked in Pascagoula, 3 months on, 3 months off. The best rock shrimp we’ve ever had were at a waterfront bar a few miles away, in Gautier, MS. At night we would walk out on the beach and down the long fishing piers.


    The house where Longfellow is supposed to have written “Evangeline” is on Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. It was formerly a beautiful plantation-style house that, by that time, was a sad but splendid ruin.

  • daniel , our paths keep crossing. Some years ago, we worked in Pascagoula, 3 months on, 3 months off. The best rock shrimp we’ve ever had were at a waterfront bar a few miles away, in Gautier, MS. At night we would walk out on the beach and down the long fishing piers.


    The house where Longfellow is supposed to have written “Evangeline” is on Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. It was formerly a beautiful plantation-style house that, by that time, was a sad but splendid ruin.

    I know of these places. Funny how paths to cross in this journey we call LIFE. A shame we did not know each other in real life.

  • Those 20-ft waves made me dive back into bed and under the comforter.

    20 foot...that's nothing.


    I remember being on the Brodick ferry when the waves could be seen breaking over the top of the lighthouse.....that was on a calm day as well. 8o