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SS Old Colony Mariner
C4 Mariner class breakbulk freighter
marinerclass.jpg (9794 bytes) Sailed to Japan and back at ages 4 and 6 as a passenger.  These voyages were the origin of my love of the sea and ships. Across the Pacific and back.
USCGC Jarvis
378 ft high endurance cutter
USCGC_Jarvis_WHEC-725.jpg (72172 bytes) My first ship. Sailed as Seaman Apprentice up to QM3 Nola to Baltimore to Panama to San Diego to Hawaii.  3 Ocean Station Novembers and 2 Alaska Patrols
USCGC Apalachee
110 ft icebreaking tug
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(Other vessel in class)

QM3.  I was assigned here for a few months and then transferred to the Edisto. Chesapeake Bay
USCGC Edisto
269 ft wind class icebreaker
Edisto284_6.jpg (38530 bytes)    QM3.  Served during two artic patrols on both sides of Greenland during both the winter and summer. Iceland, Greenland Sea, Labrador, Scotland.
USCGC Northwind
269 ft wind class icebreaker
nwind1.jpg (22946 bytes) QM3.  Helped recommision the vessel after a major refit in Baltimore.  Completed my 4 year active enlistment in the USCG. None
NOAA Ship Surveyor
292 ft survey vessel
NoaaSurveyor1.jpg (89633 bytes) Served as Quartermaster.  The vessel was engaged in a survey of the intertidal zones of Alaska in preparation for the opening of the Valdez oil terminal. SE, SW, and Western Alaska and the Bering Sea.
NOAA Ship Davidson
175 ft survey vessel
davidson.jpg (122148 bytes) Served as Quartermaster.  We conducted a chart adequacy survey of Northern San Francisco Bay up to Rio Vista and then conducted the first survey of Yakutat Bay, Alaska since the 1890's. Seattle, San Francisco, SE Alaska.
R/V Hero
125 ft wooden hulled motorsailing antarctic research vessel
hero.jpg (69381 bytes) AB Seaman and Zodiac Skiff operator.  The Hero was a historic 125 foot wooden hulled motor sailer conducting research for the National Science Foundation and carrying personnel and supplies to and from Palmer Station in the Antarctic as part of operation Deep Freeze. Talcahuano, Chile, Ushuaia, Argentina, South Shetland Islands, Anvers Island, Antarctica.
NOAA Ship McArthur
175 ft survey vessel
mcarthur2.jpg (95666 bytes) Served as Quartermaster.  We conducted a tidal current survey of Northern Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Puget Sound
WT Preston
163 ft snag boat stern wheeler
SnagboatPreston2DON.jpg (14719 bytes) Served as AB Seaman aboard this historic paddle wheel snag boat.  We operated throughout Puget Sound and up several rivers removing logs and snags and debris. Puget Sound
Puget
104 ft snag boat
Puget.jpg (46383 bytes) Served as AB Seaman as we operated throughout Puget Sound  removing logs and snags and debris. Puget Sound
VLCC Maryland
1,115 ft VLCC oil tanker
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(Other vessel in class)

AB Seaman.  265,000 DWT VLCC on the Valdez - Panama run.  1,115 feet long; 174 ft beam; and a 65 foot draft. San Pedro, CA, Valdez, AK, Puerto Armuelles, Panama, San Francisco, CA
M/V Pribilof
220 ft break bulk freighter
Pribilof.jpg (25244 bytes) AB Seaman.  Freighter running between Seattle, Dutch Harbor, and the Pribilof Islands. Seattle, Dutch Harbor, St George and St Paul Island, Bering Sea
Northstar III
455 ft break bulk freighter - Victory Ship
Northstar III.jpg (167142 bytes) Served as AB Seaman preparing this historic vessel for what turned out to be it's last voyage.  I signed off before it sailed in order to pursue studies for my 3rd Mate's license. Dockside
Salmon Tender Makaka
110 ft salmon tender
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(Other vessel in class)

Chief Mate.  My first voyage as an officer.  We sailed the inside waters of SE Alaska and participated in the salmon fishery delivering fish to the NEFCO-Fidalgo cannery in Ketchikan, Alaska. Anacortes, Ketchikan, Craig, Seattle.
ITB Sea Skimmer
450 ft integrated tug barge
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(Other vessel in class)

Chief Mate.  We were on a regular run carrying gasoline from Corpus Christi, Texas to Jacksonville, Florida. Corpus Christi, TX to Jacksonville, FL via the straits of Florida.
Tug Barbara Andrie
125 ft tug
Barbara Andrie.jpg (26119 bytes) Chief Mate / Relief Master.  Towing hopper dredging barges, cargo and crane barges.  Pulling and setting anchors. Port Everglades, FL to Virginia Beach & Norfolk, VA.
Tug Viking
110 ft tug
(Other vessel in class) Master.  Towing a tandem tow of barges. Montreal, Canada to Booth Bay Harbor, Maine.
Tug Portland
125 ft tug
(Other vessel in class) 2nd Mate.  Towing tandem rail barges. A regular run. Prince Rupert, Canada to Whittier, Alaska
R/V Robert D. Conrad
209 ft seismic research vessel
conrad.gif (173774 bytes)   3rd Mate, 2nd Mate, Chief Mate.  I served here for 4 years, advancing my license and seeing much of the world.   Hawaii, Panama, Florida, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Halifax, St Johns, Greenland, Norway, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Guam, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Mexico
M/V Sunmar Sky
257 ft break bulk freighter
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(Now M/V Coastal Trader)

One voyage as Chief Mate, many voyages as Master.  Freighter carrying general cargo northbound and frozen seafood products south.  In addition to many other voyages, we made two voyages into the Bering Sea ice pack in order to conduct at sea transfers of frozen cod from a Polish mother ship. Seattle, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Sand Point, Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor, St. Paul, St Matthews Island
Ocean Phoenix
680 ft  fish processing factory ship
oceanphoenix.jpg (21036 bytes)(before conversion) 2nd Mate, Chief Mate.  Former container ship converted to a Surimi factory ship working with a fleet of catcher boats in the Bering Sea. Dutch Harbor, Bering Sea
Cory Chouest
265 ft research vessel
cory-chouest.jpg (104604 bytes) Chief Mate.  Vessel was conducting LFAA research and testing in the North Pacific near Japan. Honolulu, Hawaii, Yokohama, Japan, North Pacific.
Cape Catawba
486 ft break bulk freighter
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(Ex-Mormaccape)
2nd Mate.  The ship was part of the RRDF and was broken out for Operation Desert Storm.  We sailed to Ad Dammam, Saudi Arabia carrying military cargo.  We passed through Suez the night the bombing of Bagdad began and weathered a scudd missile attack in Ad Dammam and then sailed to Okinawa to load bombs.  When the war ended, we anchored in Singapore. Beaumont, TX, New Orleans, Mediterranean, Suez, Red Sea, Str. of Hormuz, Saudi Arabia, Okinawa, Singapore
Windward Sentry
190 ft aerostat vessel
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(Sister ship)
2nd Mate.  Anti drug smuggling surveillance vessel working with the US Coast Guard. Caribbean
Pacific Sentry
190 ft aerostat vessel
Aerostat.jpg (47898 bytes) Chief Mate.   Anti drug smuggling surveillance vessel working with the US Coast Guard. Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
RVIB N. B. Palmer
308 ft Antarctic icebreaking research vessel
Palmer.jpg (33045 bytes) 2nd Mate. Maiden voyage of the Palmer.  Departing Louisiana, we sailed south and went deep into the Weddell Sea resupplying a Russian - American Ice Research Station. Port Fourchon, LA, Panama Canal, Valparaiso, Chile, Punta Arenas, Chile, Weddell Sea
Washington Responder
208 ft oil spill clean up vessel
responder.jpg (137087 bytes) Chief Mate / Relief Master.  Oil spill clean up vessel.  Conducting drills and exercises, maintaining constant readiness. Puget Sound, Straits of Juan de Fuca, North Pacific
Victoria Clipper IV
115 ft high speed passenger vessel
Victoria-ClipperIV.jpg (99020 bytes) Chief Mate.  High speed passenger ferry running between Seattle and Victoria. Seattle to Victoria, BC
Pembina
324 ft break bulk freighter - ammo ship
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(now - Spirit of Grace)

Chief Mate.  Ammo ship.  We loaded shells, missiles and explosives in West Loc, Pearl Harbor and transported them to Concord, California. Alameda, CA, Pearl Harbor, HI Concord, CA, North Pacific
Spirit of Alaska
143 ft small cruise vessel
soa beach.jpg (32188 bytes) Chief Mate / Relief Master.  Small Cruise ship carrying 100 passengers from Seattle up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau, and Glacier Bay. Seattle, BC, SE Alaska
Moana Wave
210 ft survey vessel
MoanaWave.jpg (33617 bytes) Chief Mate.  Conducting NOAA contracted chart surveys in the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida, Louisiana, and Texas coasts. Mobile, AL, Pensacola, FL, Texas
DB-50
497 ft DP heavy lift & pipelay vessel
In Port.jpg (27503 bytes) 2nd Mate / DPO.  Installing Spar oil production platforms and pipelay in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.  The DB-50 has an air ballast system that is used to compensate for the swinging of the 900 ton derrick boom. Mobile, AL, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico
Pelagic & Squito
35 ft & 50 ft whale watching vessels
pelagic-dock.jpg (31711 bytes) squito-whales.jpg (42894 bytes) Master.  Operating whale watching vessels in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  Taking passengers on voyages to observe Orcas, Humpbacks, Minkies, porpoises, seals, eagles, and other wildlife in the islands along the Canadian border. Orcas Island, San Juans, Gulf Islands, US and Canada
DB-101
480 ft semi submersible heavy lift vessel
db101.jpg (36119 bytes) 2nd Mate, Chief Mate, BCO.  Installing oil production platforms in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.  We carried around 250 personnel aboard,  The vessel was over 30 years old but of a very innovative and effective semi-submersible design. Ciudad del Carmen, Veracruz, Mexico, Bahia de Campeche
DP-MODU
Ocean Confidence
320 ft DP semi submersible oil drilling vessel
DPOStanding DP watch on Nautronics DP system.  Assisting BCO.  Rig was drilling a 29,000 foot well in 6,800 feet of water in the Walker Ridge block area. Gulf of Mexico, Walker Ridge area.
Chloe Candies
280 ft DP ROV vessel
Chloe Candies.jpg (133218 bytes) 3rd Captain / DPO.  Commissioning a new ROV vessel, we operated in the Gulf of Mexico supporting operations at the BP Thunderhorse PDQ platform.  Equipped with Z-Drives and DP-II equipment, the Chloe is extremely maneuverable. Port Fourchon, Houma, Galveston, Gulf of Mexico
Alucia
183 ft expedition vessel
Alucia IMG_8749.jpg (70693 bytes) Master.  Vessel was undergoing conversion in Seattle. I was involved with Project management, ISM, operational planning, quality control, team building, procurement.  The project was put into hibernation due to construction and funding delays. Seattle dockside
BGP Pioneer
270 ft seismic vessel
BGP image-440.jpg (50433 bytes) Master.  3D Seismic Survey Vessel conducting survey operations off of the coast of Ghana.  Upon concluding operations we sailed north to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands for a yard period. Takoradi, Ghana, Las Palmas, Spain
Celia Candies
Emily Candies
260 ft DP platform supply vessels
CeliaCandies.jpg (102472 bytes) Mate / DPO.  Sailing as additional mate to gain experience with z-drive vessels while awaiting the completion of a new ROV vessel to which I am to be assigned. Gulf of Mexico, Port Fourchon, Grand Isle
Chloe Candies
280 ft DP ROV vessel
Chloe Candies.jpg (133218 bytes) 3rd Captain / DPO.   ROV vessel, we operate in the Gulf of Mexico under contract with Saipem America, carrying out subsea construction.  Equipped with Z-Drives and DP-II equipment, the Chloe is extremely maneuverable. Port Fourchon, Houma, Galveston, Gulf of Mexico
DSV Epic Diver
213 ft DP dive support vessel
Master.  Vessel was carrying out saturation diving repairing pipelines off the eastern Mississippi River Delta damaged by submarine landslides caused by hurricanes as well as surface diving repairs on the Chevron Petronius platform in the Viosca Knoll area. Gulf of Mexico,
Port Fourchon
MPV Global Orion
300 ft DP dive support & ROV vessel
Master Commissioned newly purchased, reflagged, and reclassed Multi Purpose Vessel equipped with ROV, saturation diving, and a heave compensated 150 ton crane.  Vessel conducted post hurricane survey work, demolition of collapsed platforms, and capping of wells in the offshore Louisiana area working for Chevron. Gulf of Mexico, Calcasieu River,
Lake Charles,
Port Fourchon
DSV Mystic Viking
252 ft DP dive support vessel
MasterDive Support Vessel carrying out saturation diving doing inspection, maintenance, repair, and installation work all over the US Gulf of Mexico working for a wide variety of clients and oil majors. Gulf of Mexico,
Port Fourchon
DSV Kestrel
323 ft DP dive support & ROV vessel
DSV Kestrel
MasterDive Support Vessel carrying out saturation diving doing inspection, maintenance, repair, and installation work all over the US Gulf of Mexico working for a wide variety of clients and oil majors. Gulf of Mexico,
Galveston
MPSV Swordfish
340 ft DP dive support, ROV, and Subsea construction vessel
DSV Kestrel Swordfish port side MasterDive Support, ROV, and Subsea Construction Vessel carrying out saturation diving doing inspection, maintenance, repair, and installation work all over the US Gulf of Mexico working for a wide variety of clients and oil majors. Vessel equipped with a 150 ton and a 70 ton Active Heave Compensated crane.
Gulf of Mexico,
Galveston

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