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re: OTD 44 Years Ago - America's Deadliest Ferry Disaster, the Luling Ferry Disaster - SwampAssassin
We did a project at school on this with the NTSB report. A lot of things happened that caused this collision - it was local custom for the ferry’s to give way to the ships. Nothing was specifically set in the inland rules of the road, but they was changed after the incident and the section on narro...
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re: How's the view from your back porch? - SwampAssassin
Currently sitting in Pensacola Anchorage. About 30 knot winds and 12 foot seas. Whole company got evacuated here from Fourchon ...
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re: Mighty Mississippi - SwampAssassin
“ST. FRANCISVILLE TO BATON ROUGE 229.1 LBD Glass Beach (Baton Rouge Boat Ramp) There is a paved public ramp just downstream from the Interstate 10 Bridge, at mile 229 on the East bank. On the maps it is labeled Baton Rouge Boat Ramp, but locals call it Glass Beach. Its banks are covered with whi...
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re: Reclining your seat on an airplane - SwampAssassin
If there’s room I’d be fine with the person in front of my reclining but when my knees are already jammed into the back of their seat and they keep slamming their back into the seat to get it to recline I get a little pissed off. If you want to recline do the polite thing and look behind you and ask...
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Ar-10 - SwampAssassin
I’ve been looking at building an ar-10 and I stumbled across Brownells and they have some pretty good deals. Under $200 for a fluted 20” barrel my jaw just about dropped ...
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“Abolish the Supreme Court” - SwampAssassin
I’m seeing people post stuff all over social media calling for the abolition of the Supreme Court because: “a system where 9 people determine how to interpret an entire constitution and establish policies for millions of people is not democracy” You can’t make she shite up anymore ...
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re: Portland, ME to Acadia - SwampAssassin
Downtown Belfast is really cool too. They have a walking trail through front street shipyard. If you have extra time a drive down the castine road is pretty and ends at my college, Maine Maritime. Castine is a quaint little village with 3-4 revolutionary war time forts ...
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re: For those of you who have to deal with road salt, - SwampAssassin
I go to school in Maine and there aren’t any car washes like Benny’s nearby or I’d do that. I typically do the fluid film but some other people will do a full underside coating with stuff like rhino shield ...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]This is 100% false. I know two pilots personally and neither one attended any of those schools. The rest of what you say is pretty accurate, except that I've asked both the pilots I know if an "outsider" can become a pilot and they both said it wouldn't happen bc the guild will protect the ...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]Imagine defending an industry with a 4 year degree requirement and a year of on the job training and then justifying their pay, when they make more than most doctors and surgeons do, and they make more take home pay than a lot of doctors and surgeons make pre-tax[/quote] go look at what the d...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]You ever operated a phosgene plant?[/quote] I have not. Have you ever driven a ship in the river?...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]you’re an idiot or pilot or both.[/quote] why do you think that? ...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]I guess English isn’t part of the curriculum at any of these esteemed institutions.[/quote] go look for yourself. https://mainemaritime.edu/undergraduate-catalog/curricula/marine-transportation-operations/...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]Why does a river pilot get paid 3x what a similarly credentialed captain does sailing ATBs, Drillships, MPSVs, etc? Although some may be hawsepipers, and thus not graduates from a maritime academy, they all passed the same exams and have comparable sea service.[/quote] Pilots across the US te...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]You should try grammar for dummies.[/quote] hey man good catch I was typing fast and on my phone. shite happens ...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]How long are the river pilots gone at a time? I honestly don’t care what these guys make. Capitalism is a beautiful thing. Just give every qualified individuals the same opportunity.[/quote] NOBRA and Crescent work one week on one week off while Bat works 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. I’m not sur...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote] School How do I get my hands on one of these bad boys for my pool??[/quote] That’s a training school for continuing education that pilots from all over the world come to. If you actually knew the ideas and technology behind what you were talking about you’d be shocked ...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]Do other ports have the blatant nepotism?[/quote] Some more then others, but yes. The entire maritime is all about who you know. It’s such a small community that if your dad or uncle or whoever is a captain you’re almost guaranteed a job. One of my friend’s dads is a captain for Chouest and h...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
[quote]i think people would be more receptive to the whole issue if the river pilots weren't so openly rampant with nepotism it's the combination of these jobs only being allowed to go to family/friends and the salaries that make people upset[/quote] I agree there are some pilots who probably shou...
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re: River Pilots in Louisiana for dummies - SwampAssassin
Because you can still work on US flagged ships and make damn good money. Starting salary for 3rd mates which is the license you graduate with is between 75,000-90,000 a year. Only goes up from there ...
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