It’s Gone!

By Michael Carr - Maine Maritime Academy sits on the shores of Penobscot Bay Maine, where the surface water temperature rarely exceeds 50 F, and that only occurs on the one weekend in August called “summer”. Below the surface layer, the 50 F water temperature quickly drops to the low 40s F and remains that temperature year around. Castine Harbor is deep, with the bottom … [Read more...]

Is He Dead? Or What Is a Stoma?

By Michael Carr - “Is he dead?” the diver asked. “Shit, I have no idea,” his buddy said. “Is he breathing?” asked the first diver. “You guys need to start CPR,” said the helicopter crew chief, we are taking off now. “Right,” said the first diver, as he and his buddy tried to position themselves to do just this inside the cramped crew compartment of the Coast … [Read more...]

Sometimes There is No Solution

By Michael Carr - He looked in through the C-130’s rear cargo doors. He could see all the way up to the cockpit landing, and just stared as he and his dive buddy bobbed in the large ocean swells. Looking below he saw the immense depths of the ocean, everywhere the endless ocean. But in front of him was this massive C-130 aircraft, bobbing in the large ocean swells. … [Read more...]

SWITCH ON!

By Michael Carr - “SWITCH ON!” the diver yelled into the speaker inside his Superlight 17 fiberglass diving helmet. This command was received on the surface by the topside supervisor, who replied to the diver with the same words. “SWITCH ON.” He then turned to the generator operator and repeated, “SWITCH ON.” With this command, the generator operator, while wearing … [Read more...]

Close Reaching to San Salvador Island

By Michael Carr - He pondered the sailing chart, visualizing the route they would take tomorrow. He was still comparing options and resolving in his head the effects of set and drift, sailing angles, ocean currents, and arrival requirements. A warm tropical breeze blew in through the pilothouse’s portholes, and he could hear the familiar sounds of a marina; halyards … [Read more...]