Thursday, December 22, 2016
You Don't Have to be a Rock Star to Work on a Tug (But it Doesn't Hurt)
Commercial mariners are an interesting lot. We are, to my mind, skilled tradesmen who straddle the line between the knowledge economy and ph...
Friday, September 16, 2016
Well, dude, sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you.
Busy, busy week at the Home for Wayward Mariners South Texas Regional Office Afloat. We have nine tugs in our port, one of which is a &quo...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
In Praise of Good Deckhands
Sitting across from the human resources guy at my first crewboat job, I was shocked to hear him say: “Deckhands are a dime a dozen. That’s ...
Saturday, July 9, 2016
And I *Still* Can't Complain ....
Hitch number two is in the books and the boss tells me we'll be a 24-hour boat when I come back to work. Getting signed-off on the cla...
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Old Home Week
In the hall of my company's Corpus Christi office there is a photo of the USS City of Corpus Christi , which made her first port visit t...
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Days Like This
"When it's not always raining there'll be days like this. When there's no one complaining there'll be days like this. ...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Happy Dance in the Wheelhouse
Well, the designated examiner never did show up to the last boat. Five hitches with fill-ins and long days on the mate's watch, and I wo...
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