So it was that when we received a comment to our Post 'KNOW ALLS' in regard to an article in the 'Borowitz Report' that the commenter did not like we did not quite know what to expect when we opened the website this morning.
The article was about the supposed relationship between pirates and cruise ships. Now as all our readers know NAUTICAL LOG is extremely distressed about the seafarers held captive certainly there is absolutely nothing funny about that and the fact that little or nothing is being done to rescue them.
It turns out, since we had never heard of the person, Mr. Andy Borowitz is a product of Harvard via the Harvard Lampoon and Hasty Pudding Theatricals. As far as NAUTICAL LOG is concerned the article is rather funny and makes clever fun of the usual CLIA pompous statements regarding the industry they represent. It does not mention in any way the seafarers held captive by these pirates and pokes fun only at the Cruise Line industry management and CLIA.
From firsthand experience sailing in cruise ships over a period of 30 years quite a few CLIA persons are rather full of themselves, none met held any professional maritime Officers qualifications. There was one CLIA female in particular who made trips (free of course) and continually talked in the background while the Officer (myself actually) was trying to give a Bridge tour and explain the equipment to the passengers. This lack of respect for the vessels crews does nothing to endear them to the people that operate the ships which are the source of their employment.
So much to the surprise of NAUTICAL LOG we found the Andy Borowitz article rather funny - which of course does not in any way belittle the opinion of our commenter.
As to the seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia they face the threat of mutilation and death at any time. With little chance of release or rescue that most certainly is not in the least funny.