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My one and only regret as a maritime writer

My one and only regret as a maritime writer

“Of all fruitless errands, sending a tear to look after a day that is gone is the most fruitless,” wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Nicholas Nickleby. How so true. Yet, how many of us have not run the errand Dickens spoke of? As a maritime writer, I’ve had only one regret which I fortunately jettisoned after some soul-searching.

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