Carr: You Have Illegally Disposed of Garbage

By Michael Carr - We were all beyond exhausted. Muscle memory and caffeine were keeping us going. And now I was certainly going to jail when all I had wanted to do was wash the sticky, smelly mud from the Gulf of Mexico off our tug’s deck. “Really?” I thought to myself. This guy wearing a uniform, with a badge, weapon, and big radio on his belt was going to arrest me. “OK, … [Read more...]

Down Comes the Lamp Post: Your Past is Always Part of You

By Michael Carr - Portsmouth Virginia’s Inner Harbor seawall is lined with lampposts spaced about 25 feet apart. They are ornate, built of steel and concrete, and stand at the edge of the seawall, where you can use them for support when you peer over the pier’s edge to admire boats tied up along the wall. At night their light provides a warm glow and reflects off the Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Carr: Dive! Dive! Dive!

By Michael Carr - “Come more to the left, now straighten out,” Steve directed. “On this wreck, the current comes in from the east, so you need to compensate for that extra drift before you drop the divers.” I was driving the twin-screw dive boat south, stemming the Gulf Stream’s western edge, alternating my glance between the chart plotter, sonar, compass, and vessel … [Read more...]

Carr: Helsinki to Miami Aboard Carnival Spirit

By CW4 Michael Carr - “This is your cabin sir,” pronounced the Carnival crewman. “Thank you” I replied, attempting to keep a low key and unemotional tone in my voice, but in my head, I was thinking, “Damn, this is way too nice for me, but whatever, I will be glad to take it.” My cabin was just aft of the Carnival Spirit’s bridge. Spirit was a newly launched 963-foot, … [Read more...]

Carr: LORAN Overboard

By CW4 Michael Carr - I had heard enough. This constant debate on the need for electronics. Someone would say, “Well, celestial is great, but you really need electronics, I mean what if it's raining, or too rough, or there is no horizon….?” At first, I would respond to these queries with politeness and a feeling of duty to clear the air. “Yes, of course, there will … [Read more...]