Man Rowing a Dinghy, circa 1890s
Henry Scott Tuke (English, 1858–1929)

I took a break from blogging due to peripheral neuropathy which affected my left foot and my mobility. The hiatus was longer than I had wished, but it was an opportune time to ponder the future of Marine Café Blog.

No, I am not about to lay up the ship. Although maintaining it entails time and money, I am determined to keep the blog going. The words of John Steinbeck, the distinguished American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, embolden me. “The writer,” said he, “must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.

And so the old ship will continue sailing. I am hewing to the original course, but I have decided to refocus on certain areas.


Contemporary photography

Marine Café Blog aims to feature more works by contemporary photographers. Toward this end, I intend to periodically invite photographers to share their pictures on selected themes.

Marine accidents

The blog will highlight lesser known marine accidents of the past with the use of photographs, artworks and even poetry. Sadly, the world continues to witness mishaps at sea despite tighter shipping regulations and the never-ending training imposed on seafarers.

Language & maritime folks

Expect more deep dives into the meaning and origin of nautical terms and everyday words or phrases with a nautical origin. The blog will also examine how language is used in the shipping world—language being a mirror of the values and beliefs held by individuals and groups.

I will continue discussing the rights and welfare of seafarers as well featuring marine art. The former because seafarers remain at the bottom of the maritime food chain; the latter because art is, as English novelist John Galsworthy put it, “the great and universal refreshment”. Who, except a philistine, would not welcome it?

~ Barista Uno

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