A dire warning to seafarers who are womanisers

A dire warning to seafarers who are womanisers

I recently came across an interesting old ballad called ‘The Sailor’s Tragedy’. Also known as ‘The Dreadful Ghost’, the song was published in 1826 by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in an eight-page booklet that included three other ballads. It reminds me of the maritime Lotharios and skirt-chasers I have encountered in real life.

Pilot boats on the move: 12 striking colour photographs

Pilot boats on the move: 12 striking colour photographs

The sight of a beautiful pilot boat sprinting and whipping up giant spumes could give one an adrenalin rush. It might even make young men and women want to become pilots. The exhilaration and thrill, however, cannot mask the cold reality: pilotage is hard work, and those who have chosen it as a career face constant danger.

The waterside paintings of Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot

The waterside paintings of Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot

The small Paris circle of artists who started what was to become known as Impressionism included a woman. Her name: Berthe Morisot (born 14 January 1841, Bourges, France—died 2 March 1895, Paris). By all indications, Morisot was liked and considered an equal by the other members of the group, which included the great Claude Monet. Even so, she had to put up with 19th-century male prejudice.

10 simple ways to make seafarers happy

10 simple ways to make seafarers happy

Most seafarers, I believe, have modest demands. They just want to earn an honest living and take care of their families with the least hassle possible. They don’t want to be treated like royalty or hailed as heroes on the annual Day of the Seafarer. Alas, what little they expect is often tossed overboard in a shipping world that is driven by the love of money.

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