A Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus), a large solitary wasp that’s mostly harmless to people.

A Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus), a large solitary wasp that’s mostly harmless to people.

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." — Wyland
Photo by Flickr user jordantea.

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." — Wyland

Photo by Flickr user jordantea.

Lighting The Way For Ships: Learning about Lighthouses at Mystic Seaport - Mystic Seaport Stories

Lighthouses occupy a special place in maritime history. They’ve saved lives and inspired stories. Learn more about them at Mystic Seaport

Accidental Ingestion

We have received two reports where crew members drank chemicals, mistaking the contents of the container for water.
 
In the first case, a seaman was taken to hospital in a critical condition and placed on a life support machine following the accidental ingestion of electrical cleaner. The electrical cleaner was being used by the ship’s electrician for maintenance on one of the ship’s cranes. The Electrician marked the bottle with “SOLVENT” to indicate the water bottle no longer held its original contents. The seaman concerned was working with the Electrician but was unaware of this and without consulting him, or inspecting the bottle closely drank from the bottle.
 
The second involved an Engineer drinking approximately 10ml of thinners. Fortunately, the Third Engineer received immediate first aid and is reported as stable with only minor irritation to the throat.  Again, the chemical had been decanted from its original container into an empty water bottle. The water bottle containing thinners had been left in the engine control room by the mechanic, who had been using it to dilute paint. On completing his rounds, the duty Engineer assumed the bottle belonged to the Motorman and took a drink, realising as soon as he sipped the contents it was not water.

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Setting up dock lines

Fire detail on deck!

Ship Hits Fremantle Bridge in Storm

A severe wind squall with gusts up to 110 kms an hour came through about 10 p.m. on August 17th as stevedoring operations on the two ships were in progress. The vessels, a general cargo ship (AAL Fremantle) and a car carrier (Grand Pioneer), were at North Quay berths 11 and 12 at the eastern end of the port. Although the mooring lines at the b…

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