Merchant Marine

Escaping reality through the contours of a chart

Escaping reality through the contours of a chart

Lay out the chart, read the correction, locate the position on the chart, make the correction, repeat until all changes are made, initial and date the chart, update the chart card, fold and stow the chart, repeat. Over and over.

Top 7 boating habits to avoid

Top 7 boating habits to avoid

As summer begins in New England and thousands of boaters hit the water, a significant portion of them will unknowingly break the written and unwritten rules of the water. Below is an incomplete list of boating faux pas, assembled by a professional mariner in no particular order, to keep your reputation, and your boat, in working order.

Seasickness has an evil twin

Seasickness has an evil twin

For the first time in several years, after a few days at home, I was landsick. That’s right; I was not seasick while on the boat, I was landsick walking on shore afterward.

Why you should attend Maine Maritime Academy

Why you should attend Maine Maritime Academy

MMA is the best option for those looking to make significant money, enjoy a lot of vacation time, and earn their living on the oceans of the world. Here are five reasons you, or your child, should head to this small school in Castine, Maine.

A Tugboat Christmas

A Tugboat Christmas

This modified rendition of The Night Before Christmas was written by my good friend Ed Snell. He crafted it a few years ago but it resurfaces annually, much to my delight and that of my fellow mariners, particularly those on tugboats.

Tragedy at sea isn’t about assigning blame

Tragedy at sea isn’t about assigning blame

Rather than waste my energy on placing blame for events in the past, I choose to learn from the events that transpired and apply them to my career and my personal life. We can not bring back those that we lost, but we can help to protect those that are still here.