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Perspective makes all the difference. Robert Frost concluded that was the result when he took the less traveled road? When I’m on the sixth boro, I know a little about those sharing deckspace, but a lot less about folks on other vessels no matter how loud their radio communication. Particularly on work boats, I barely see people, as they’re at work or off duty and asleep in a bunk. But when I catch a glimmer, my wonderment excites my imagination. Of course, I imagine all fiction…

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Glen Cove has just dropped off a sand barge, and on this really hot day, the crewman in the forward engine room door might be catching some breeze, but next to the power plant!? He might be contemplating some feverish plans or wondering how to say something difficult to she who must be informed…

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After retrieving some nasty debris with Hayward’s crane, this crewman might be chatting on a blackberry or reading Pynchon …

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Furtive plotting under the lifeboat frame or telling tales of homeport loves long ago and faraway…

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Checking on the refueling operation or pondering the feasability of diving for the diamond ring that just slipped out of the fingers of this nervous newlywed as he and bride set out for honeymoon on QM2…

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Client representatives signing off on a docking idea or watching a rehearsal for Absinthe at the Spiegeltent

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