Monday, August 22, 2011


There are quite a few of us who write maritime themed Blogs.  We vary from persons just interested in the sea, professional mariners, maritime instructors to retired professional seafarers with an activist approach.  Some time ago NAUTICAL LOG asked the maritime Blog community to put a note after each entry drawing attention to the seafarers held captive by pirates and those harassed by pirates.  We mentioned it again in the Post "AGAINST ALL" on Tuesday, August 09, 2011.  The sea areas most particularly mentioned as pirate infested are the Horn of Africa and the Coast of West Africa.

To date NAUTICAL LOG seems to remain the only maritime Blog that is actually doing this and we shall continue - unbroken - until each and every seafarer both professional and amateur is safely returned home to their respective family.

It has been very disappointing to see no response whatsoever to our suggestion. 

It is felt that the least persons who are writing about maritime affairs, in some cases using their Blogs for advertising, should feel it a duty to help free those captive seafarers.  So as a small protest to the prevailing attitude NAUTICAL LOG is not writing comments - as you may or may not have noticed - to the other maritime Blogs regarding their Posts.  It is probable that you could care less if this ancient mariner - with perhaps values from another generation - spouts off on your Blog about things but NAUTICAL LOG feels better about it!!

On this Blog we shall continue to try and write interesting informative Posts on maritime affairs and when the occasion warrants it we shall be activist - as we are here.  So being just a little pissed-off this morning, for now as usual 'Good Watch'.

Captain the Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt.SMOM, Dip.LA., MN (Ret)

Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates both ashore and off the coast of Somalia.

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