Hi Girls & Guys: While noodling around as my friend Mike Aitken calls playing on the computer, I found 8 more blurbs from the summer of 2012! The Ding Dang Doodle blurb came after this one but this is how I found them! Hope you enjoy?
I wrote this story in 2012 and here it is 2016 with another new year coming fast. I stumbled across it while going through my old archives! It has not been published on the Tern's Nest but has been sent out as an email years ago! Some of you old subscribers will remember it! So as the birds and fish get their bellies full for the trip south I thought I would send it out to you girls & guys for your reading pleasure!
Hi Girls & Guys: This blurb will be a bit unusual as it will focus on Paviti (Latin;” to tremble or quake“) Tern! This will not be a story about passages she has made , or harbors in the USA, or foreign countries, or places she has taken me, or the storms, or the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from her decks! Nor will it include the people that she has introduced me to. This blurb will be about her, PAVITI TERN!
Hi Girls & Guys: When one visits Savannah they think of a great tourist city, which for sure it is one of the best tourist places in the United States but they also manage to incorporate large ships! My friend Jay Ulrich from Savannah educated me on one of the little known facts about Savanna! Fact is Savannah Georgia is home to the 4th largest shipping container port in America. One would think it would be impossible to drive thousands of large trucks through the live oak tree canopy above Savanna's ancient streets but these ingenious southern people have succeeded in finding a way around doing that! These huge behemoths go up the river past the tourists mecca and unload these giants right next to interstate 95. The Riverfront of Savannah is much the same as it was in the days of sail but fortunately it is located right next to Interstate 95. This makes it possible for large ships to go up the Savannah River past the tourist area of River Street and unload their cargo of thousands of trailer truck bodies unseen by the tourists except for these large ships passing by. One would not even know there presence if not for seeing these behemoths pass the riverfront on there way to be unloaded or loaded upriver. From there they are placed on wheels and hauled all over the US with ease.
Hi Girls & Guys: The Tern & I had a guest aboard to start our passage south! Alex Maranghides, a native of Greece! He works for our government as an energy expert on fires! He works out solutions on how to prevent fires from consuming our ships, homes, buildings & forests! It is an extremely intense job and he needed a stress reliever, so he flew north on a jet airplane and helped fly the Tern southto Atlantic City! Now some of you may think how can that be a stress reliever sailing a boat down Long Island sound into New York City one of the most stressful places on earth? Heck when we got to the East River Passage it was closed due to the United Nations Meeting. Going around Roosevelt Island going under a cable driven draw bridge was the most stress-full part of the passage. With four knots of current pushing us into an unknown height as the bridge was marked Closed on the chart plotter. Both of us stood in the cockpit looking up at the open span, with Alex at the helm saying "it's your call Mike". I replied "it's too late to call we are going under"! We both looked up our collective hearts beating loud enough to be heard over the engine. The Tern's mast is 45' off the water, the bridge 48' but you have to be up the mast to see the difference, from the cockpit it looked like a sure collision!
Hi Girls & Guys: This blurb will be about a tragedy and the men & women dealing with it. The Costa Concordia was run aground by her Master in an effort to save his ship. This may or may not have been the prudent thing to do after ripping a hole in her by showing off to the people on Giglio Island. One thing for sure under no circumstance should the Master leave his ship before all his passengers & crew are safely off the ship. It does not matter how big or how small that ship may be. Unfortunately, onboard the Costa Concordia that fateful night about five thousand souls were looking for guidance from the Master. The coward had already abandoned his ship and fled into the night.