2013 October 13 Sunday
Captain Phillips: Not The Hero That Tom Hanks Portrays
Considered arrogant by his crew, he refused to take advise to sail further out to sea near Somalia.
Phillips has admitted that, on board, he got seven e-mails about increased piracy off Somalia — each exhorting ships to move farther offshore by at least 600 miles.
The Maersk was 235 miles off the coast, says the crew member, though Phillips has since rounded that number up to 300.
Read the whole article. The movie portrays the crew in a less favorable light (lazy union men). Yet the article portrays them as far more responsible than Phillips. It illustrates why I do not go to see Hollywood movies that are supposed to be based on real events.
People want to think their leaders are responsible and that their leaders have their best interests at heart. Nope.
By Randall Parker at 2013 October 13 09:43 AM
The last honest movie that came out of Hollywood was Birth of a Nation.
Tom Hanks sells Hollywood Heroes, whether it is AIDS-riddled political activists or sea captains. I spent ten years before the mast (deck department, stewards department and black gang) and came up the hawsepipe, before going to Harvard Law School. The crew's comments sound pretty typical and their assessment of the captain is likely correct.
"I spent ten years before the mast (deck department, stewards department and black gang) and came up the hawsepipe, before going to Harvard Law School."
Dana was sure he'd never get back to Harvard if he did more than 2. What's your secret?
"The last honest movie that came out of Hollywood was Birth of a Nation"
Some comments are simply un-toppable. We are not worthy...
Really? That is so cool if true. Where'd you go? US merchant marine going between US ports?
It is my impression that you won't find US citizens on international cargo ships because the salaries are too low. True?
Where I went: grain runs to Russia, intercoastal container ships, the Lovers' Run, Midwest wheat to Chittagong, Valdez to Louisiana with oil, Indonesia with bagged rice, ore carriers from Minnesota to Chicago, etc.
Foreign flag ships are mostly crewed by third worlders (as unlicensed) and first worlders (as officers). Think of ships as a microcosm of the west: offshore all the factories [ships], hire cheap foreign labor [the crews] with a few elite at the top [the officers].
Due to the ease with "offshoring" ships (paint "Monrovia, Liberia" on the stern as the home port, start a Liberian corporation for a few hundred bucks, pay some NYC-based agency $10,000 per ship) the US Merchant Marine was substantially eliminated by the same globalist/internationalist forces that are destroying the USA. It was quicker and easier with ships than with steel mills and machine shops.
The handwriting was on the wall over forty years ago. American shipping was just the canary in the coal mine. It will continue until Americans are all working for Chinese/Mexican coolie wages and Chinese/Mexican coolies are all Americans, or until the Revolution. And then it will start again.
My secret: stay away from all the cheap dope, don't knock up some girl who loves the money and an absent husband, develop an extreme work ethic, and start asking questions that will never be answered at sea. I still wish I could spend 2-3 months at sea every year in the black gang, though. Work, read, work, read, work, read ...
Correction: I checked my discharges, it wasn't ten years, only eight.