Newsletters I have mentioned how electronic communications
have made such huge advances over the last few decades, changing
our lives in so many ways.
vacation this year was a cruise, starting from Cape Liberty
in New Jersey, to Bermuda and back, but hurricane Cristobal
had other ideas.
we were approximately two thirds of the way to Bermuda, the
various computer projections congealed to indicate that the
storm would give Bermuda a serious side swipe for the few
days that we would be at berth and, in all probability, the
swell on the days either side of our stay would make our approach
and departure exceedingly unpleasant for those with stomachs
of a sensitive nature.
our safety" our Captain diverted the vessel and we spent
a day in Cape Canaveral and a day in Nassau before returning
to Cape Liberty.
imagine how it must have been in the days of sail and early
days of power when it was not possible to see over the horizon?
When there were no satellites bouncing communications worldwide?
No storm tracking? You get the idea. How brave were those
who ventured into this wide unknown? This really made a huge
impression as we cruised on calm seas, when, just over the
horizon, a hurricane raged.
goodness for the power of communication and weather routing.
latest excerpt of "My Life in the Royal Navy", my
grandfather describes how, with bullets flying around and
the "chanting" of thousands of "coolies"
they kept in touch with the British Consulate by using a portable
wireless and the American Consul-General by semaphore.
it amazing how we can now communicate with and control an
unmanned aircraft with a keyboard from the other side of the
have contributed so much to the world-wide development of
the Maritime Industry.