Captain George Livingstone: Light Years

**Dedicated to those who do business upon great waters** By Captain George Livingstone - My little Scottish mother always used to say ‘You can measure age by how fast the year goes, as well as your increasingly startled reaction to mirrors’. Thanks for the warning Mom, another year is nearly passed and not much happened other than an odd revulsion to mirrors. Of course, … [Read more...]

Always Ready

By Captain George Livingston - Veteran’s Day this year got me thinking about the one military service branch I know well, the United States Coast Guard. Apparently, in mid-November, the House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation met to discuss Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety. Recent casualties involving the dive boat Conception and last year’s … [Read more...]

Captain George Livingstone: Four Years Since El Faro

As I write on the 4th anniversary of the El Faro sinking (Oct. 1, 2015), I am reminded that those who lost their lives weren’t strangers, many shared the very same backgrounds, the same hometowns, schools, etc. as the rest of us and so we remember. Professional mariners understand the dangers professional mariners face, but it is none less jolting to hear of these things. In … [Read more...]

Captain George Livingstone: Distraction

By Captain George Livingston - Fatigue has the official attention of the international maritime community. From the likes of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the USA’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), etc., safety agencies worldwide have … [Read more...]

Captain George Livingstone: Falling Stars

By Captain George Livingstone - Everyone at gCaptain loves a good sea story, good, bad or ugly. Here’s one for the history books. On a cold December in 1878, halfway between the cities of Greenock and Langbank on the river Clyde in Scotland, the first of nine iron-hulled, four masted ships slipped down the ways at Russel & CO shipyards. Russel & CO in Port Glasgow, … [Read more...]