Messing About In Ships – A New Maritime Podcast

MAIS header dec 2007 lou vent photo

I am very excited to tell you about a new project that I’ve been working on with my friend Captain John Konrad, the founder and CEO of, the most comprehensive set of resources for maritime professionals on the Internet.

Starting today, we have launched a weekly maritime podcast called Messing About In Ships. Many of you may be familiar with Kenneth Graham’s 1908 classic children’s book, The Wind in the Willows in which Ratty declares to Mole:

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats

Well, we may have grown up a bit but we still agree with Ratty; only now we mess about in slightly larger and more complicated vessels.

Each week John and I will explore stories that appear in gCaptain’s great Discoverer news section of their website. We will also each select a blog or podcast for a weekly feature we call New Media Port of Call. We have plans to interview maritime professionals, authors, educators, regulators and others about issues that affect the maritime industry today and into the future. Finally, each episode will close with a selection music from the Podsafe Music Network for your enjoyment.

What we are most excited about is you taking an active role in shaping this project. We have set up a Messing About In Ships blog where the show notes and links from each episode will appear and we encourage you to comment there. Also consider recording a short audio comment, attach it as an MP3 file to an email and send it to podcast@messingaboutinships(dot)com and we will find a way to integrate it into the program.

A final note: The photo that we used in the header of the Messing Abount In Ships blog is the January image from the 2008 Houston Pilots Calendar. All of the photos in the calendar were take by our friend, Lou Vest, a pilot himself. Lou’s extraordinary photos can be found on (click here). The proceeds from the sale of these calendars fund scholarships to maritime schools, sea scout troops, the Houston maritime museum and other worthy causes. They suggest a minimum donation of $10 but frankly Lou’s images alone are worth way more than that. Lou’s Flickr page has more information in case you are interested in buying this beautiful calendar and supporting this worthwhile cause. We will change the header image each month to coincide with the photo in the calendar.

This podcast is a work in progress. We ask you to listen and give us your feedback so that we can make the show as entertaining and informative as possible. We also ask you to bear with us as John and I iron out the wrinkles that are bound to happen through the first few episodes.

So without further ado, here is Episode #1 of Messing About In Ships. We hope you enjoy it!

Please click here to subscribe to the weekly Messing About In Ships podcast through iTunes.

To download the MP3 of Episode one, right click here and download and save the file on your computer. You can then open it in Windows Media Player, iTunes and other media players.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

2 thoughts on “Messing About In Ships – A New Maritime Podcast”

  1. peter and john-
    i just listened to your inaugural podcast. i loved the deepening of stories such as the cosco collision and laura gainey tragedy. actually the explorer sinking details were also great. this’ll certainly become a staple for me. the music–super; i’m off to itunes to buy it. the tugster plug was very generous also–btw, i’ve not forgotten that i’m it. so kudos to you both!

  2. Peter and John;

    This is, how do you say nautically, an awesome sunrise! What a treat to have you both standing watch together and producing a great show of your combined talents, all for the mariner. I just may now go out and buy an ipod so I will not miss one second of your show. Congradulation!

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