Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Ships - Oiled Birds, The Thrill is Gone; Almost

Oiled Birds - Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council

A photo of a big tanker coming into port can be a powerful thing. On the one hand large tankers are a symbol for the many ills our modern industrialized society. They represent our dependence on foreign oil. They are a symbol for the destruction of nature, despoiled wilderness, climate change and the destruction of our environment. Yet,we depend on these tankers to maintain our lifestyle. Many hate these large vessels, yet we are dependent upon them.
On the other hand-

A Suezmax Tanker in Arthur Kill - Photo is by Will Van Dorp aka tugster

if you are a mariner your perspective is quite different. When I was younger there was nothing that captured my imagination like the sight of a big ship. Now, having spent a good part of the last 30 years at sea, the thrill is gone - almost. When I saw this post at the Tugster it reminded me of the thrill of seeing a big tanker in more innocent time.

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