Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tug grounds on same reef as Exxon Valdez supertanker

I worked for this outfit (Crowley Maritime Corp.) and their various companies in the Arctic and elsewhere for 15 years.  I worked in the engineroom.  This stupid son of a bitch managed to hit the only rock within hundreds of miles.  The SAME rock (Bligh Reef) that the EXXON VALDEZ hit!  Stoopid fucks.

If you click on the picture it will become huge.  Notice the white stripe around the hull, and how close to the waterline the aft deck is.  This piece of shit is FULL of fuel.

I left this occupation after 15 years in the dead of Winter in Kodiak when it occurred to me that DEAD MEN DON'T DRINK BEER.   I called the hall in Seattle and asked for my relief to fly up so I could go home.  The guy on the phone at the union hall said "hey, you are going to fuck up your career."  I said "you don't get it - I am going to END my career - my retirement is vested." (btw- 15 years vested in the Inlandboatmen's Union don't exactly finance the good life, but I aint stuck out there on that rock, either.)

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