The National Geographic (Captain, Guide); CNN (Captain, Guide); NOVA (Captain, Guide); Beebower Photography (Location Scout); New England Aquarium (Captain, Guide); Atlanta Marketing (Consultant); National Audubon (Captain, Guide); Two Dee Security (Security Consultant); Center for International Security (Security Consultant); Samoset Resort (Martial Arts/Self Defense Instructor); Icon Productions (Boat Crew, Captain); Honda Marine (Consultant); Furuno (Captain, Consultant); Raytheon (Captain, Consultant); Eastern Standard Films (Captain, Production Asst.); Good Machine (Captain); C-Map (Consultant); Navionics (Consultant); Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association (Captain); UJA-Federation of New York (Associate Director/Staff Supervisor); UJA-National (Associate Director of Major Gifts); Maine State Ferry Service (AB-Deckhand, Intermittent Crew); Prock Marine (Captain, Dive Boat) Paramount Pictures (Owner/Captain of 2nd Unit Camera Boat for Movie, Shutter Island).
Publications & Productions
National Fisherman Magazine (Field Editor, Writer), Power and Motoryacht Magazine (Writer), Professional Boatbuilder Magazine (Writer), WorkBoat Magazine (Writer), Boating Magazine (Writer), Offshore Magazine (Writer), New England Coastal News (Writer), International Marine Publishing (Writer), StoneRoad Productions (Writer), Mark Ean Productions (Writer), Eastern Standard Films (Writer), Tentmaker Productions (Writer), Cigna Insurance Company (Writer)
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The Crown Pilot on a tug job (taking off a pilot) off Mosquito Island in Maine's West Penobscot Bay
UP THROUGH THE HAWSE PIPE
There’s a saying seafarers have about working their way up the ranks. It’s called, “Coming up the hawse pipe,” and it refers to achieving a rating or higher pay grade by going through the school of hard knocks. The hawse pipe, you see, is the tube through which the anchor chain rides.
Another saying has to do with the school of hard knocks. The saying goes something like, “Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition can kill you.”
I came up through the hawse pipe to get my captain’s license and merchant mariner’s documents, which means I never went to a maritime college. Perhaps if I’d been a better student I might have made it into one. No matter. It’s too late now. Shipping out on the high seas is a young man’s game, at least it is when you’re starting out. Who wants an Able Bodied Seaman past the age of fifty? His eyes and knees are just about shot, and he has a curmudgeon’s resistance to taking orders.
What does all this have to do with writing? Well, my book about Alzheimer’s Disease was the culmination of an arduous climb up a very long hawse pipe, and I can only guess at what it was like to be in my mother’s shoes, because the disease tore away at her ability to express herself. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, or any other deadly form of degenerative brain disease, requires patience, perseverance, and a stout heart. I wish I could say that I came out the other end unscathed.
Conversely, writing fiction is a lot more fun. More like a slide down the rabbit hole.