Red, White and Boat Shoes

By: Gustav Hoiland

Dec 18 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:20mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

All Metal

The continuance of selectuance(?) of photographs from my voyage aboard the massive steel ocean pusher for inclusion in some self-curated collection is almost, almost done. I’ve crossed the Pacific, docked in the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and am back in open water en route to Xiamen, China. Somewhere along the way I plopped myself down on this piece of red steel and popped a photo of these boaters.

So normal residential buildings have their own style – how windows fit, what kinds of door knobs are used, how sheet rock is hung yaddayaddayadda. Move into more institutional buildings like high schools and things change up a bit – concrete floors, heavier duty everything, OSHA compliance like mad. But, my friends, move onto a sea vessel and everything gets extreme. Steel floors/decks, waterproof doors that must weigh 500 pounds that are opened via cranking a giant wheel, rounded portholes for windows…

I guess that’s just what I see here. It’s fun and cool when you tour the battleship in the harbor, but when you call it home for a couple weeks… I don’t know what it is. It’s just the way it is. And official signage warning of the dangers of pirates.

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