Who is this guy?

1600 ton Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, Maine Maritime SVO alumni. Currently spending six months of the year hooked up and hard over at the throttles of a tugboat.

Of course that is just a list of professional qualifications and a job description. Who I am is another New Englander in a long line of those with salt water in their blood and the horizon in their eyes. I like to share, through my amateur attempts at photography and writing, the things I see at work and a bit of the life a mariner lives. All commentary and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views or position of any of my employers.

 

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27 Responses to Who is this guy?

  1. Frank Niering (Devon, England) says:

    Hi Ben – Mega congratulations on getting your various tickets. Your life is one I once aspired to but I had to settle for the Navy and then chickened out by becoming a journalist! As a kid I was attracted to the merchant marine by an author called Howard Pease who wrote a series of boys’ novels about life at sea. At Yale I used to regularly wander down to the piers to gaze at the always present seagoing ships, mainly tankers. Best regards, Frank Niering (your granddad’s pal both now and from way back)

  2. David Kane says:

    Hey- I stumbled across your blog today indirectly through the Maine Maritime Alumni magazine. It’s great! I enjoy your observations on all things maritime, and the pictures are excellent. Although my experience with the Gulf is limited (went cadet shipping with Lykes Brothers back in the day) it’s cool to see all the coverage you give to the local towing community. I was a relief mate for awhile on the Quenames out of East Boston, and it’s good to see how you document some of the jobs you’ve done, especially on the Jaguar. That’s a cool little boat. Anyway, have a good trip, and keep up the good work.

    Dave Kane
    Newport, RI
    MMA ’83 D

    • Dave,
      Thanks for the words, I geuss this blog is my way of staying connected to New England while I am here in the gulf. If you are ever around the south shore drop me a line, I’m always up for taking an alumni to lunch.

  3. jennifer says:

    My husband works for chouest he was on the Gary chouest when he first started.

  4. Judith says:

    My Son!!!!

  5. gyro says:

    Nice blog, good job man!

    From: yet Another NewEnglander in Cajun Fleet….

  6. Thanks for the replys everyone, it’s always nice to hear from readers.

  7. If you don’t mind, I’d like to link your blog to my website. I think some of the kids would get a kick out of reading what mariners actually do. I’ll be putting another one up, The Nautie Mermate. She’s a Chief Mate on a cargo ship, very funny, and gives a different perspective. Is this okay with you?

  8. rigmover says:

    Hey, thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog here, I’ll be back. Stay dry.

  9. Looking forward to following your adventures! =^.^=

  10. Thanks bailey, I too enjoy your adventures

  11. captbbrucato says:

    “ever since I was a senior in highschool as a matter of fact” Way to make a guy feel old.. ; )
    Fair wind and following seas,
    bb

  12. Barney Fedele says:

    Love your website. MMA 87 Deck. Cadet shipped in the GOM with Offshore Logistics in 1985. I think I was the first cadet to ship out as a cadet on a supplyboat. Sailed as an OS. After graduation worked with Point Marine out of Morgan City for couple of years. Have worked shoreside and OSV on and off since then, planning on returning to the GOM in the Spring for a last fling. Keep up the good work.

  13. Rajiv says:

    You seem to enjoy your life, and this is the best thing you do! Cheers!

  14. Rajiv says:

    My relationship with water: I think it is holy, I love photographing it. Apart from that, I am a championing at the fine art of drowning. Gold Medallist here!

  15. Shubhajyoti says:

    Hi Ben,
    Have a look to this Blogging event running in Sailors Club.
    http://sailors-club.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27327:golden-bollard&catid=7:news&Itemid=131

    Would be lucky if you also join

  16. Hey, I found your blog from a post you made on Art of Hookie. Nice blog and great photos.

    Hope to see you out on the water someday.

    Fair winds,

    Jesse

  17. Just Me says:

    Hi

    Would you mind if I added a link to your blog on mine? I’m an aspiring sailor, blogging about my experiences at Piney Point, etc πŸ™‚

    Thanks and look forward to your reply.

    Cheers

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