• A cat’s opinion of the ‘Day of the Seafarer’

    This Sunday, the 25th of June, is the ‘Day of the Seafarer’. I thought I would chat with Frankie the Philosopher Cat and see if he’s in a mood to celebrate. Frankie is not much into festivities, but you never know. The slogans and tributes to mariners have been so persistent and so sweet that even a cat might succumb […]

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  • 21 great quotes for maritime trainers and students

    It would be ideal if every maritime training institution had a philosophy of education — a formulation of the whys and wherefores and the ultimate aim of preparing young people for a sea career and upgrading ship officers. But why bother creating some new doctrine? There is enough wisdom from the past to enlighten and inspire those who teach and […]

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Prejudice and bigotry in the maritime world

One would think that there would be less prejudice and bigotry in shipping than in other sectors because of its international character. After all, merchant mariners travel a great deal. So do many maritime executives. Exposed to different cultures, they should be more open-minded, more cosmopolitan. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Total Share: 9232200

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Labour Day tribute to housewives, not mariners

Today, the 1st of May, is Labour Day in many countries. I thought I would pay tribute to housewives instead of seamen and seawomen. Housewives are not considered part of the working class since they do not receive wages. The tools of their ‘trade’ (see ‘Household Utensils‘ above by the 18th-century Italian artist, Giovanni Battista Piranesi) are not as sophisticated […]

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