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My Breath Catches

October 4, 2015

The tweets and posts do not look good. I cannot bring myself to watch the live press conference (if it even aired on my local stations… But that is a rant for another post). It hits too close to home. A large debris field has been identified but they still have not located the American cargo vessel El Faro.

The Chief calls out details… One of the mates is a woman… The 3rd engineer is probably on his first or second trip since graduating this spring. Someone left toddlers at home…

“I know those thoughts. To leave the girls. To be in bad weather.”

My breath catches. I want to put fingers in my ears.

“I don’t have good feelings about this.”

It is so hard to hear him express what I know is very hard for him to do.

This is one of the top three scenarios I worry about. With the Chief sailing most of his career on the west coast I have often said that I am grateful we do not get reports of every hurricane or typhoon over there. But I do remember the reports of the super typhoon that covered over a third of the Pacific (he was on the east coast) and the satellite images of the storm featured on Deadliest Catch (not to mention footage of Jake’s near miss and even Sig’s cry Uncle in the dangerous weather) chilled me.

During the course of writing this the Chief sent me a link to’s marine weather log for December 2007. He sailed through that…

I ask the Chief about EPIRB… And I almost wish I hadn’t. The reasons for why it only signaled once are numerous and the implications are horrifying. His knowledge is not as comforting as I would hope.

“I’ve lost propulsion twice.”

I actually remember the phone calls after those events. But I think we spouses do not realize the gravity of statements like that. Perhaps that is merciful.

Until a tragedy like this. My thoughts and prayers are with the 28 American families and five Polish families.


National Maritime Day 2014

May 22, 2014

One of these days, I’d like to get back up to DC or Maryland to celebrate the way I did before children… or even when we toured the N.S. Savannah 6 years ago. But that just wasn’t going to happen for us this year. Ran a 5K on Sunday so that meant no trips and it is a little harder to justify taking the children out of school now (T1 had a standardized test today). So here is the official Presidential proclamation for National Maritime Day 2014. In finding it on the internet I did discover than World Maritime Day is the last Thursday of September (Sept. 25, 2014) and has been a U.N. I.M.O. observance since 1990.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014



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America’s open seas have long been a source of prosperity and strength, and since before our Nation’s founding, the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have defended them. From securing Atlantic routes during the naval battles of the Revolutionary War to supplying our Armed Forces around the world in the 21st century and delivering American goods to overseas markets in times of peace, they have always played a vital role in our Nation’s success. During National Maritime Day, we celebrate this proud history and salute the mariners who have safeguarded our way of life.

Today’s Merchant Marine upholds its generations-long role as our “fourth arm of defense.” Yet they also go beyond this mission, transporting food where there is hunger and carrying much-needed supplies to those in distress. Thanks to our dedicated mariners, people around the world continue to see the American flag as a symbol of hope.

To create middle-class jobs and maintain our leading position in an ever-changing world, we must provide new marketplaces for our businesses to compete. As we expand commerce, we do so with confidence that the United States Merchant Marine will keep our supply lines secure. Because just as America’s workers and innovators can rise to any challenge, our mariners have demonstrated time and again that they can meet any test. Today, let us reaffirm our support for their essential mission.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day,” and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2014, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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On Memorial Day, honoring the service of merchant mariners – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

May 28, 2013

On Memorial Day, honoring the service of merchant mariners – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.


Casting Call!!

January 13, 2012

Casting Call for Merchant Mariners in Tom Hanks Movie

Seeking actual MERCHANT MARINERS for roles (ages 25-70, all ethnicities) in Sony film “MAERSK, ALABAMA” starring Tom Hanks (Director Paul Greengrass). WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTUAL MERCHANT MARINERS/SEAMEN.

For the full details, go to the USMMAAA&F website announcement.

Oh my! I so totally want DH to audition for this movie!!! Co-starring with Tom Hanks? You bet! Except the open roles are all for deckies–they must already have the engineer positions filled 😦

Can you imagine the posts I’d have for this blog? I’d stow-away in a heartbeat!

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