Hello and good day. I started this website to document some of my experiences as a Merchant Marine and also details concerning my target shooting and reloading hobbies. I was raised in a marine and aviation oriented environment. When I was young, my family moved from Michigan to the Caribbean. At a young age I was interested in joining the Navy. Getting kicked out of private boarding school two weeks prior to graduation gave me the push to make this happen. I joined the Navy and served as engineman for three years active duty onboard a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser. This was a great experience and I was able to see many places on the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Post Navy I worked on yachts. This was major party time and I actually remember some of it. I think it had something to do with a lamp shade? There’re many good, bad, funny, interesting and idiotic stories from those times. I Worked in the capacities of captain, mate and engineer with additional duties as liaison, waiter, bartender, janitor, French maid and unlicensed limousine chauffeur. I’m talking about a Florida drivers license not a chauffeurs license. I’ve held a 100 Ton Masters license since the late 1980’s. I worked as unlicensed engineer for an ocean salvage company. I liked this because it was a mission without all the foo, foo, fuddy, duddy, yippy, yappie yuppie yachty stuff. In 1990, after obtaining an engineering license, I went to work on commercial vessels in the oil and gas industry. Since that time I’ve worked in the capacity of chief engineer on vessels specializing in various jobs. These, include multiple vessel, 3D seismic survey, oil well stimulation fracture, commonly referred to as FRAC JOBS. Additional jobs include oil rig towing and positioning, oil rig supply- cargo, bulk and liquids, contract work for the Military Sealift Command, oil spill clean up- BP Horizon disaster, deep water remote operated vehicle work, deep water manifold tree placement and the loading, transporting and pumping of the volatile liquid- methanol. Also, I served as the chief engineer for ship deliveries from North America to the North Sea, Persian Gulf, Africa, South America and also Panama Canal Transit. I’ve worked in many parts of the World with people of different nationalities. Anyway, life goes on and memories from past experiences remain vivid. I’m interested in my family genealogy and I have a website dedicated to the topic. The link is on the Cottage Page. The other interest, as noted above, is long distance target shooting with modified Contender and Encore pistols. I haven’t done it lately although I do have plans for another round or two. It’s difficult to explain so I included a few pictures. The Cabin Page will shed I little light on the subject.