The Six Degrees of any Sailor

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.

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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……

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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2 Responses to The Six Degrees of any Sailor

  1. Mike Walker says:

    “…Throw in being offshore for a month or more…” – Wheres the love for the guys that stay out for months and months?…. I signed on to the ship I’m on July 3rd 2012…. over 13 months ago

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