Lifeguard for Life (NY Times)

Lifeguard NYTimes

Think being a Southern California lifeguard is all fun and dames? Not according to James Birdsell, a 28 year lifeguard veteran from San Diego. He told his story to Matt Villano for the Preoccupations column of the Jobs section of the New York Times. Check it out here.

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Tall Ship Elissa Survives Hurricane Ike


UPDATE: Paul Burka, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly had a post on his BurkaBlog this evening about the damages reported by the Galveston Historical Foundation, the owners of the Tall Ship Elissa.

The 1877 tall ship Elissa, restored by GHF in 1982 and a proud symbol of Galveston, seems to have ridden out the storm with little damage beyond the loss of several of her sails. Large steel piles driven deeply in to the harbor bottom allow the vessel to remain attached to the shore even beyond the estimated 18 foot rise of water on Friday.

The Texas Seaport Museum at pier 22, Elissa’s home berth, did not do as well, suffering considerable damage to the brick and wooden pier structure, and a suspected total loss of the wooden workshops which serve the maintenance needs of the ship. The Seaport Museum itself, in the 1990 Jones Building, is suffered little damage.

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Monday Morning Motivator – Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders

This is Merlin Mann.

Merlin Mann

He writes a blog called 43 Folders about “Time Attention and Creative Work.” You should read it and then get back to work.

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Sunday VOWs – Deeeep Sea Stories (with Moving Pictures)

Hopefully you remember my earlier post of David Gallo’s amazing 2007 TED Talk. This week TED posted a new video of an old Talk. This one’s from 1998 and Gallo takes us back into the ocean and deep down to bottom of the sea which reveals more astonishing life than you can imagine. Enjoy and be amazed!

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Sea-Fever Blog in the News

138_Web_MarineReporter_logoFriend, podcasting partner and maritime blogger extraordinaire Captain John Konrad of brought to my attention that Sea-Fever is mentioned in an article entitled Blogging New Territory by Jennifer Rabulan in the upcoming issue of Maritime Reporter. Here’s what gCaptain has to say.

Nice to know somebody is reading along with us. ;-)

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Waiting and Watching for the Storm

All reports seem to indicate that Hurricane Ike will be the most destructive and deadliest storm to hit the US since Katrina. The Weather Channel estimates that nearly 40% of the residents of Galveston have decided to ride it out. Hopefully the storm will diminish (unlikely) and/or they will be very lucky.

Last week Tropical Storm Hanna was touted as a threat to our area of Southeastern Massachusetts. Thankfully she blew on through quickly with little fanfare and virtually no damage. Here are a few pictures I took as our small town of Mattapoisett took precautions for the storm.

I always find it eerie before a major storm and as the winds build and rain arrives so does the tension.  When a storm passes and does not live up to it’s hype, there is a danger that people don’t take the next one as seriously. Unfortunately, this is foolish human nature.

Before and during a storm I always think about what it would be like at sea. This afternoon the 584 foot bulk carrier Antalina which is owned by Perovo Shipping, Cyprus and managed by TEO Shipping Corp, Athens, Greece, lost her power when trying to evade Ike and she sits helplessly in the storm with no hope of the crew being rescued. We hope the morning light brings a positive outcome. Here is raw video for USCG Imagery of the vessel in the storm. Listening to the audio and seeing the seas will strike fear in even the most hardy mariner.

YouTube – Coast Guard video Ike threatens 584-foot bulk freighter

Our thoughts are with coastal Texans coast and those who may be caught at sea in the path of Ike.

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Foto Friday – No Anchoring

"No Anchoring" by Tim the Sailor as seen outside the Russian Admiralty in St. Petersburg

The above photo was from a Flickr set called Signs by Tim the Sailor.  Like our Flickr friend OneEighteen, Tim the Sailor is a professional mariner who’s also a good photographer. From the About page of his great blog Tim’s Times:

I’m originally from Ireland but now live in Sweden.

The blog is mostly about ships or related to the shipping industry, but not limited to that, it’s a blog not a professional publication.

I am a qualified Master Mariner and have been working in shipping since 1990. Opinions expressed have experience in their substance, of course they are my opinions and I take responsibility for them.

Check out his Flickr photostream. He is also pretty active in the social media space; in addition to Tim’s Times, he’s got a great photoblog, Photo Journey, and you can keep up with him on Twitter. Tim experiments with his photography and does a great job of capturing the life of a sailor. Hope you enjoy his work.

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A Significant Loss for Sail Training, the sinking of the Irish Asgard II

Asgard II and the Eye of the Wind by Willie Waw on

The Old Blog Cabin reports that the Irish sail training vessel the Asgard II was lost in the Bay of Biscay today. Thankfully, all crew and trainees were picked up by a French Naval vessel and are reported safe. Here are links to the RTE News and Associated Press stories.

The Asgard II was featured in Standing Tall, Sail Training International’s video used to introduce young people to the adventure of sail training.


In 2000, she crossed the Atlantic as part of the Tall Ships 2000 fleet and was very popular wherever she visited in North America. She will be missed by the youth of Ireland and people from around the globe.

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Wasted Lessons of 9/11: How the Bush Administration Has Ignored the Law and Squandered Its Opportunities to Make our Country Safer

Even in a time of poisoned partisan politics, the title of this official government document catches the eye.

Wasted Lessons of 9 11

No wonder that “Change” is the theme adopted by both sides in the  upcoming Presidential election. If nothing else, read the executive summary.

Thanks to Holland + Knight’s Maritime Newsletter

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Hard to Believe But Impossible to Forget

It was hard to believe what was unfolding seven years ago this morning. In our modern media saturated world, it was presented to us in real time and then repeated over and over again like a horrific groundhog day. But as difficult as these images are, they are impossible to forget which is probably good because the events of those hours effectively defy words.

The New York maritime community responded to these attacks in heroic fashion which probably surprises no one who reads Sea-Fever. Here is a US Maritime Administration video entitled “Honoring the Living Heroes of the United States Merchant Marine.”

There is a small website called that commemorates the maritime professionals, vessels and companies who responded that fateful day. On it there is a powerful piece by Andrew Greeley from the Chicago Suns Times of September 6, 2002 entitled Media ignored calm amid the 9/11 chaos. This short essay does a remarkable job in capturing the essence of leadership that exists in every individual and society’s ability to face an adaptive challenge of monumental proportions.

Originally posted September 11, 2007

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