News and Blog

November 1st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
I like to keep in contact with Cadets I have sailed with for a number of reasons, mostly to follow their progress and help provide additional information and advice should they need it, also because by the time you have spent many months training with them they quickly become friends. Keep...
October 22nd, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s picture I took in flat calm sea off of Elephant Island. Such calm seas are rare down south so I took the chance to take some snaps. This is the only time i’ve seen such deep purples in the sky whilst at sea. I hope you agree that its quite a sight!! Spence  ...
October 20th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Todays picture of the day is of a sign post randomly placed on a tiny little island in the South Atlantic, The Falkland Islands. To give you an idea of how far away that is try and find a place name that you recognise and you will get a fair idea! It was a glorious […]...
October 17th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s picture of the day (the first in awhile) is a bit of an action shot of me whilst we were are arriving alongside some fast ice at Halley IV. In this picture I’m watching the tension of our mooring lines closely as they are secured by ‘dead men’ which are leng...
October 17th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today I have spent some time making a youtube channel and uploading a few short videos for you all to see. Some are of recent work that I have been doing on the anchor handling ships, and others are from the time I spent down south. It’s a work in progress but I aim to […]...
October 16th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Sorry I’ve been awful with frequent posts, the weather was so awful I had to hide away the macbook and then hold on for dear life. Then when we arrived in Aberdeen to crew change we were incredibly busy with 4 weeks of work to catch up on. Home now though so all is well. The follow...
October 12th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Well this post is an interesting one, not because today’s picture of the day is epic, but because its taken me 20 minutes to write this much because we are rolling like hell and things are flying everywhere. Enjoy the pic.. I’m off to try and sleep on the deck after picking eve...
October 10th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s picture of the day is far too difficult to choose, so I will just post them all… They are of our new arrival who has been a ‘real hoot,’ She was instantly promoted to fully fledged Deck Officer due to her fantastic vision and obvious intelligence. it’s...
October 9th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
After a spiffing 15 hour shift I have little brain power left to write anything comprehensive, therefore I scoured my oldest nautical pictures and found a few gems, they are of a time where things were much simpler and days of the week were spent looking forward to the next adventure at Se...
October 8th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
This is Sundays picture of the day, unfortunately for some reason it would not upload yesterday. Quite clearly it shows a beautiful sunset, something a mariner is no stranger to. As an Officer Cadet you will spend (hopefully) plenty of time with the other thing that is pictured; a gyro com...
October 6th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s Pic of the day is short and sweet, it is of our aft communication and emergency stop console, you can also see pictured John Shaw, a rig we towed to location and deployed 4 of its anchors. I call this picture ‘Pirate Radio’ because you can clearly see the 3 radios...
October 5th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s picture of the day is of the sailing vessel Antigua and some blue whale; you can see two in the picture but there were 6 swimming together. Not much is known about blue whales especially where and when they breed. This was truly a rare sight and for many a once in a life tim...
October 5th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Antarctic Disaster Hey everyone, I’m sorry for the dramatic head line and this is potential blog suicide as I said I would not voice any political views but this one is too close to home to do nothing about. As you may have read and no doubt seen the pictures; I used to work for [&he...
October 4th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Todays picture of the day is of a Starboard Lateral Buoy was taken on a stunning outbound pilotage from Glasgow whilst onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, we had been in to have our stern gantry re-installed. The weather was spectacular, I believe I have the time-lapse video for the pilota...
October 4th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
An old dit, author unknown, but it is enjoyable and true none the less! Spence The Seaman Between the innocence of infancy and the recklessness of adultery comes that unique specimen of humanity known as a Seaman. Seamen can be found in Bars, in Arguments, in Bed, in Debt and intoxicated...
October 3rd, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
I was merrily sailing the web being all nautical and whatnot and found this fantastic blog, fantastic not only for it’s simplicity, brilliant pictures and short but sweet posts but fantastic because it had a picture of me on it. These are some pictures the Tow Master took when we too...
October 3rd, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today’s picture of the day: A panorama shot of my current work station at the Dynamic Positioning (DP) desk. From Left to right you can see: Conning Chair- we can drive manually from this chair, control the DP desk or drive on a joystick. Conning screen 2x DP computer screens Fan bea...
October 2nd, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Here is today’s picture of the day, it is of a seagull… usually I am brilliant with bird spotting, a right ornithologist me… just yesterday I spotted a rare Arctic Skua here in the North Sea, but I have no idea the correct name for this fella other than a ‘seagull&#...
September 27th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
This posting is mostly due to the horrific weather we’ve been experiencing this trip to sea. A number of people have been suffering with this affliction this swing and I thought I’d explain a little about it. If you havn’t experienced seasickness then you need to know one...
September 26th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Hopefully this little video will work, as the internet is rather dire onboard. It’s of last nights wonderful weather, we had 5 metre seas and 55kt winds, fairly tame from what I’m used to but even so it’s a good excuse to try out my first video post. I hope you like it. S...
September 21st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Where are you from? Are you a mariner? Do you have family or friends at sea? What brought you to my blog? Welcome, I would love to hear from you all! I recently found I had anonymous commenting turned off, meaning many of you could not of commented. That’s off now so let’s talk...
September 21st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
5 things that helped me decide between RN &  MN 1. Travelling There is no getting away from it, as a mariner you travel… A LOT, in my first ever trip to sea on the Nedlloyd Hudson; a containership, I was lucky enough to visit 14 different countries in one 3 month trip…twic...
September 19th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
How and when it all began… As a young boy I’m pretty sure I answered the same as any other when asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ the usual… Fireman, policeman or doctor etc; But I’m also pretty sure that no one thought that a young boy wi...
September 17th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Since starting to write a blog a number of issues have arisen…. The first….. my computer skills are not as good as I had thought!! The second….. the ships internet is far to slow to cope with uploading pretty much anything… and the last….. I have no idea where...
September 17th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Hi there and welcome to my blog, If you stumble across it right now then please accept my apologies as its brand new. It is my intention to do my best at giving those who read (and hopefully follow) my blog a small insight into the life of a mariner, firstly explaining the history of [&hel...