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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...

Strongman fix for the seaman factory?

The Economist called him the “thuggish mayor” of Davao City. But Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' new president, won over the masses precisely because of his tough, gangsterish image. Will the Filipino seaman factory, which has been hankering for the European Union's...

A cat talks US politics, world shipping

Of late, Frankie the Philosopher Cat, the smartest of our house cats, has been spending more time watching cable TV. It turns out that he has been closely following the US presidential campaign. Why would a cat be interested in American politics? Curious, Marine Café...