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Life at Sea: Crossing the Pacific in the 21st Century


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#16 chris999

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:14 AM

You are a skilled writer.

Sounds like a cool adventure. Where are you docking next? China? Japan?

#17 sunbunny

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:58 AM

Wonderful! Read and enjoyed every word.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:28 AM

You are a skilled writer.

Sounds like a cool adventure. Where are you docking next? China? Japan?


heading for sydney tonight. i'll be there in four days or so.

thanks for the kind words everyone.

#19 Anybodyhome

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:57 AM

Spent 17 of my 20 years in the Navy making that crossing and never tired of it. And never tire of hearing about it from other adventurous souls.

Oh yeah, and I survived my Shellback initiation back in the 70's and even made Golden Shellback in 1988 (crossing the equator and the International Dateline simultaneously). You're gonna love Australia!

It iz zee most excellent read!

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:23 AM

Excellent story.

To bad you missed the shellback initiation. It can be fun, although it seemed like more after I was done than when I was actually doing it. Fwiw, I did Shellback and Bluenose (crossing the artic circle) on the same trip.

Btw, in nautical terminology, its a line, not a rope. :)

Edited by Davidson Deac II, 02 March 2012 - 08:25 AM.


#21 Chaos

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:27 AM

You are a skilled writer.

Sounds like a cool adventure. Where are you docking next? China? Japan?


After that long at sea, I would say that Male Docking is next.

Seriously, great writing - makes me want to go read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" again, haven't read that since HS many years ago.

Aye!

#22 Mrs Pantherfan

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:02 AM

definitely worth the time it took to read, philly! keep it up..love reading about your travels

hope you find ze pirates!

#23 catfang

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

nice read man, thanks and thanks for the pics.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:29 AM

Excellent read Philly

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

Was well worth the read. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

PhillyB is a fuggin King....great stuff.

#27 PhillyB

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:44 PM

just landed in sydney this morning. i rode through the tail end of a massive typhoon off the north end of new zealand and thought the ship was going to break in half. massive fuggin swells, the ship would ride up one and crash down into the trough of the next, with an enormous explosion of seawater up over the bow.

i have gained a new respect for antarctic storms, the tasman sea, and large bodies of water in general.

catching a flight later today to a somewhere off the gold coast north of here where i'll hole up for the next week or so and pound out more of my book. thanks everybody for reading and feedback.

and was also pleased to find this in my facebook inbox when i got back:


The cock swallowing ***** licking faggot mother fuging saints have just had an investigation done and have 28 reports proving that for the past three years (including their SB win) Lesbian williams has been running a pool with 22-27 other defensive players for "bounties" to see who can injure the most players on other teams.


best news evar.

#28 Davidson Deac II

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:18 PM

just landed in sydney this morning. i rode through the tail end of a massive typhoon off the north end of new zealand and thought the ship was going to break in half. massive fuggin swells, the ship would ride up one and crash down into the trough of the next, with an enormous explosion of seawater up over the bow.

i have gained a new respect for antarctic storms, the tasman sea, and large bodies of water in general.

catching a flight later today to a somewhere off the gold coast north of here where i'll hole up for the next week or so and pound out more of my book. thanks everybody for reading and feedback.

and was also pleased to find this in my facebook inbox when i got back:




best news evar.


We once rode a big storm near Norway. Large swells, but evenly spaced, so we could ride into them. We were allowed to be out on the 0-4 level (four decks above the main deck), and watching the bow of a 55,000 ton Battleship crash into the waves, go underwater, and then come back up, to be pelted by the seaspray from the Artic Ocean a few minutes later was an exhilarating experience.

But then we turned and started rolling more, and that was not exhilarating at all. :)

#29 PhillyB

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

We once rode a big storm near Norway. Large swells, but evenly spaced, so we could ride into them. We were allowed to be out on the 0-4 level (four decks above the main deck), and watching the bow of a 55,000 ton Battleship crash into the waves, go underwater, and then come back up, to be pelted by the seaspray from the Artic Ocean a few minutes later was an exhilarating experience.

But then we turned and started rolling more, and that was not exhilarating at all. :)


battleship? holy hell how long ago was this?

#30 Davidson Deac II

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:56 PM

battleship? holy hell how long ago was this?


1987. They were put back into service in the 1980's under Reagan. I was on the USS Iowa from 1987-90.


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