Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bad Recycling

My first submission for Vessel Victims is one that I don't have a photo of, but the mental image I have in my mind is so haunting that I want to share it. As I strolled recently amongst boats tied up at a marina in northern Canada, I spotted an 30' or 32' sailboat with the name ""SEA WASH." Okay, the name was bad enough to catch my attention, but it wasn't even applied well. There was too much space between the words. I wondered if it was a "homemade" sign job. Upon closer examination however, I was horrified. Appears that the original vinyl lettering spelled out "SEATTLE WASHINGTON." The owner had just scrapped off the ending of each word. I could still make out the faint dirty outlines of the original vinyl letters. I know that recycling is to be encouraged, but this is ridiculous. Such a sad situation for such a sweet little boat.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dedicated to suffering marine vessels everywhere

Today is September 23, 2010 and the start of my new blog, Vessel Victims, dedicated to those once "happy go lucky" sailboats and powerboats that have somehow been named in a way that is totally humiliating. We've all seen them. The bad puns, bad spelling, the "what were you drinking when you picked that name" phenomenon maliciously adorning once beautiful and honorable nautical friends. On my travels, I have encountered far too many and now I want to share their sad plight with the world in hopes that perhaps the owners will notice their faux paus and change their ways (and names). In the days ahead, I will post photos of the unfortunate vessels that have fallen victim and I hope those who also enjoy spending time on the sea will send their photos to me so I can share them with the world at large.

Never lose hope, sweet ships. I appreciate you, even if your owners don't...yet! ;-)