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Art and thoughts of abandoned crews

The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) database of abandoned crews makes for some interesting reading. However, it paints a rather incomplete picture. What hardships and anguish do mariners suffer when they are left by shipowners to fend for themselves, unpaid and often without provisions? I hope the following works of art, together with my ruminations on the subject, will give readers […]

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Celebrating old salts in paintings

On the great and sometimes crazy stage we call shipping, few players are more interesting than the old salts, the lobos de mar—men who cut their teeth on boats and know, as did Polish-British novelist and sea captain Joseph Conrad, that “there is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” The following six iconic paintings shine […]

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Japan’s maritime spirit embodied in art

Second largest shipowning country after Greece1. Second largest shipbuilding country after South Korea2. Japan is a maritime nation indeed. More than economics, however, it is art as exemplified by Katsushika Hokusai’s famous 1831 woodcut print The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured above) that helps define the Japanese maritime spirit. Total Share: 5031100

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Fathoming the pain of piracy victims

On 7th June the remaining 11 crew of the MV Albedo finally tasted freedom after being held captive for 1,288 days by Somali pirates. No doubt, they’ll be sought out by journalists for interviews. An enteprising author might even write a book about their ordeal. But who, except the victims themselves, can ever fathom the pain and anguish they suffered […]

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Praise be to American maritime artists

Never mind that the American-owned merchant fleet pales in comparison with those of the Greeks and the Koreans. Or that the US shipbuilding industry is coughing like a tubercular patient. America remains a great maritime nation with a rich maritime heritage. Its contemporary nautical art scene is particularly vibrant – a fact that becomes obvious to anyone visiting Carol Lois […]

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