Round and Round

Well it’s been a fairly busy past two weeks here on the C-Performer. We have made several trips in and out to the rig, and have been doing quite a bit of the fourchon shuffle. I can’t complain though, the time offshore and keeping busy has made these first two weeks seem to fly by, and before I know it we will be headed for the house.
The boat has been pretty good, a few crew issues and we are still shuffling around deckhands on and off the boat. Thankfully we have retained a few core guys to make sure the show goes on. It is a constant battle at times to keep people working together and away from each others throats. The ability to lead and keep a group working together is definitely something I am still working on, especially as I am younger than the majority of the deckhands on this boat. It is a far cry from leading a group of kayakers or teaching yacht owners boat handling, however at the end of the day I enjoy the challenge and the work.
Tonight we are having mud tanks cleaned at RCS tank cleaning in slip A Flotation canal, surrounded by constant reminders of the size and scope of the most important port the average American has never heard of. Two of HOS’s largest vessels are tied up across the slip, and at the end of the slip are three new generation Chouest 280’s
What gives me a laugh every time we come to RCS is the large marsh to the south of the slip and to the east of C-Port one. It just reminds me of the whole castle scene in The Quest for the Holy Grail when the father talks about building a castle in the swamp and how the girl his son is to marry has “great tracts of land” Call me a dork….because I am.

Sunrise offshore monday


“Great tracts of land”


About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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3 Responses to Round and Round

  1. Dave says:

    It was interesting to read your comments on how to manage/lead groups of people who are older than you and not very inclined to being told what to do. If you haven’t already you should check out some of the writing by Linda Greenlaw, of Isle Au Haut Maine. As the petite female captain of a longliner on the Grand Banks, she was often surrounded by some real characters, and she has an interesting approach to the problem you describe. Not surprisingly it had nothing to to with being physically intimidating.

    I actually had a chance to meet her once when working on a tugboat out of Boston. We were towing an empty barge down the Penobscot River, and she happened to be dating the guy who was our pilot at the time. She came aboard with him, and ended up driving the tug most of the way to Searsport. Never handled a tug before, let alone one towing a big old barge, and she was an ace. Needless to saw the entire crew was up there peppering her with questions. It was like the maritime version of a movie star!

    Have a good hitch. Be safe.

  2. Jay says:

    Port Fourchon is precisely the castle in a swamp. Every time I drive down its like going to the end of the world. Like you’re just going to drive right off the edge.

    • Thanks for the comments guys.

      -Dave, Developing a leadership personality is the most vital skill that a young mate needs to learn in my opinion. The ability to keep a crew working and not come across as an arrogant punk is a balancing act that I try to work on everyday and it isn’t always easy.

      -Jay, It is always wild driving down here expecting nothing but more swamp until you hit the raised roadway and see the dry dock shed in the distance

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