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March 29, 2007

the icebreaker

The Forward was her name, and out of all the boats my family
has owned, this one has to be the strangest. She was commissioned
in 1927, in Alaska, as an icebreaker, and ended up off the coast of
Louisiana working for my family in the 70s and 80s. Tough boat,
the best we had against high seas, and at one point had thirteen
holes in the bottom from getting caught on debris one night,
and still made it back into port to be welded back together.

All this is to say, as a child of the oil industry, I grew up
hearing sea stories, and this one is great.

"When offshoring your development team means buying a boat."

We sold her when the bottom fell out of the oil industry in the
late 80s, for cash and jewelry, to a guy who used it for conch
fishing in the Bahamas. Which is, I think, an even more random
use for an icebreaker than blasting and painting oil rigs.

music: New Order: Crystal

candice at March 29, 2007 01:20 AM


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