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As readers can see we have made some changes to NAUTICAL LOG and made it more interesting - hopefully - since we do not Post very much these days.  The reason for that is there is so much division in our World particularly here in the U.S.A. we have decided not to add to it.  Yes! we shall still express our opinions on occasions but in a thoughtful manner format.  Unlike one well known maritime blog, which NAUTICAL LOG now no longer follows, we will reply politely to comments on our Posts content since we like to be addressed in the same manner. 

During that last Administration a great separation was created along mostly racial lines.  It was clear to many of us that Obama had a chip perhaps a log on his shoulder in addition to a weird version of American Socialism.  All this caused an extremely confused and disastrous eight years.  Then along came Trump who to many peoples complete amazement  became our legally elected President after a bombastic loudmouth intemperate campaign causing more division. 

So like it or not here he is and though pretty clumsy in political affairs is at least trying to rebuilt our country and solve its many many problems.  One only has to look at the United Kingdom to see how it is easy to get in an immigration mess and what the results can be. 

Many persons have a great big chip on their shoulders and reflect this when they write comments even to maritime blogs.  One has to separate resentments and not carry those to another issue when dealing with life.  When the blog owner who clearly is not a Trump supporter replies in the same intemperate manner it comes across as rudeness.  Both NAUTICAL LOG and others have experienced this from the well known blog mentioned above.  Rest assured that if you comment on NAUTICAL LOG Posts this will not happen.

Enjoy our new layout and let us know what you think, in the meantime,

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Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.

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The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century.  During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea.  Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.

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