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How to turn Slimy Polliwogs into Trusty Shellbacks

How to turn Slimy Polliwogs into Trusty Shellbacks

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Blog, Ship Stories | 0 comments

I’ve crossed a number of lines in the last few years, whether geographically or by endangering my life, I’ve done some pretty unique things. Monday was probably in the top percentile. I wrote a little bit about this on my website, but I thought I’d take some time to go into more detail here. Mariners have a lot of traditions, most...

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Airports are Lonely Places at 3am

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Blog, Ship Stories | 0 comments

At least, if you’re doing well in the luck department. So here’s a little anecdote for you, since blogging has been my weak point of late. Airports. They’re not a novel concept. In fact, if you’ve traveled much you’re probably already questioning whether or not you want to continue reading this simply based on the unwelcome...

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Reception

Reception

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Blog, My Job, Ship Stories | 0 comments

Here’s a piece put together by our Marketing Department on Reception, my department. Enjoy! Jim Twining, who works in the Reception Department on the Africa Mercy, is on the phone when an alarm sounds from the opposite end of the reception desk. Instantly, he springs into action, silencing the alarm and sending pages out to the appropriate personnel....

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Winding Down Dental in Freetown

Winding Down Dental in Freetown

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Blog, Ship Stories | 0 comments

We’re finally coming to the end of our time in Freetown. Eye screenings are done, as are all surgeries. And this week brought the dental clinic to a close as well. I joined the dental team on Monday to help with security at the last screening. People understandably get aggravated as we begin to wind down. The need greatly outweighs what we can...

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Mercy Men of Movember

Mercy Men of Movember

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Blog, Ship Stories | 1 comment

It’s time for No Shave November to go into effect, and a number of the guys around the ship are kicking it into gear. These are the before pictures, starting with yours truly. We’ll do a roundup half-way through (possibly) and one at the end (certainly) plus a round of photos highlighting what ridiculousness results from the first shave of the...

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Sometimes Fire Drills Have Nothing to do with Fires

Sometimes Fire Drills Have Nothing to do with Fires

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Blog, Ship Stories | 1 comment

Here are some photos from the drill we were called to yesterday. It’s a strange one because there were no fires involved. Instead, members of the fire teams jumped in the water next to the ship (which is loaded with all sorts of nasty treats) to help rescue a diver. We took the drill nice and slow so everyone could understand their part and what to...

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