The more and more time you spend running boats, traveling to and from boats, or writing about them on the internet, the more likely you are to run into a friend. Or even more likely than that, the mythical friend of a friend.
Now with things like facebook, twitter, myspace, and all the other forms of social media, you are probably saying that this isn’t a big deal. That it is, in fact, fairly common place. Even what you would call the norm. Here is where I will let you in on a little secret: the maritime industry has been like this for a long long time. The fact of the matter is that this is a fairly small industry, regardless of how big our country and the oceans themselves may seem.
I can’t stay at a hotel near the NOLA airport these days with out running into someone I know from work or school, it honest to god never fails. It is part of my theory as to why sailors love a good drink. We tend to frequent the same places and whenever you get old drinking buddies together, well you know the rest. Throw in being offshore for a month or more, and the dryness it precludes and it can spell trouble.
When you introduce the internet to this equation it can make the world of a sailor that much smaller. There are several bloggers I follow, some since highschool, and some that I even talk to quite regularly. Crewboat Chronicles is a great blog written by a guy who works out of Fourchon as well. We see each other professionally quite often, if from a distance. One blogger I have followed for a long time, ever since I was a senior in highschool as a matter of fact, is Capt. Bill Brucato also know as NY Tugmaster. I found his blog while researching the industry before I headed off to Maine Maritime Academy to truly start my professional career. To be honest both of these guys write circles around me and I try to draw a little inspiration from them both.
Now you might ask, what does a tug captain from New York, who also happens to blog, have to do with this being a small world? Well I took the below picture of my radar screen the other night, if you look closely at the bottom right of the screen, the name of the vessel I am about to make a passing agreement with appears. If you also read NY Tugmaster you might have a little lightbulb go off, as Capt. Brucato is the master of said vessel.
We’ve never met, and aside from a comment or two I have made on his blog never spoke. However a couple nights ago, a couple miles off the southwest pass of the Mississippi River, we literally passed like ships in the night.
Kevin Bacon has nothing on the maritime industry……