Evolution of the shipping industry
The other day, whilst raking through boxes of my old books I came across the log book I kept when I was a young midshipman with Blue Funnel at the start of the 1960s.
It was interesting to read the entries and be reminded after a period of over 50 years of the daily routine jobs of life at sea and in port on these fine general cargo liners. In my first few trips I certainly became very proficient at polishing the ‘bridge brass’. That time has now long gone and life at sea has changed dramatically with new technology and new challenges.
The ships that now sail the world’s oceans are of a scale undreamt of then – giant cruise ships, mammoth supertankers, huge bulkers and container ships that can carry up to 16,000 TEUs. The Nautical Magazine and Sea Breezes have over their long histories recorded these changes as shipping has evolved, sometimes slowly and sometimes dramatically – from sail to steam to diesel and even a little taste of nuclear.
The Sea Breezes of today is very different from the Sea Breezes I first read as a young lad. An emerging and important growing sector in shipping is the number of superyachts now being built. To reflect this we carry in this edition ‘Superyacht News’, the first of what we hope will become a regular feature by Captain Michael Howorth – I hope you enjoy it.
HAMISH ROSS, EDITOR