MYTH One of the persistent myths of World War II is that the pay of merchant mariners stopped when their ships were sunk or they were taken prisoner. Not so, according to a historian who served in the Merchant Marine.
By Charles Dana Gibson
FLAME BOATS Jerry Petrunia drives a 1,000-hp 1970 Chevelle with flames painted on the hood. He also drives a flame-painted Harley. When he is not driving either of those, he may be on one of his powerful little black tugboats that have matching flamed paint jobs.
RIGDON A profile of Larry Rigdon, the man behind the company that has been creating new standards for offshore supply vessels in the United States and around the world.
By John Gormley
Trends and Currents
FIREFIGHTING Deep-water drilling and the growth of the LNG industry have increased the need for vessels normally used as support vessels to have significant firefighting capabilities. As a result, anchor-handling vessels, supply vessels and different types of tugs are now outfitted with firefighting capabilities that allow them to perform the role of early responders.
By Richard Aichele
SALVAGE A challenge facing vessel owners and salvage contractors is the removal of fuel oil, petroleum cargo and other marine pollutants from the tanks of sunken vessels. Many salvage contractors are requiring that potential pollutants be removed before any other salvage efforts are begun.
By John Snyder
LONG-LIVED TUG On Dec. 11, 1962, the steel 1,000-hp tug Thomas J. Brown was delivered to Thomas J. Brown & Sons, New York, from Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Mass. The tug belongs to a family-owned company that has been operating in New York since 1929.
By Brian Gauvin