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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at

A Quick Day In Nanning

Before I left the train station in Nanning last night I bought a ticket south, to Vietnam I hoped. I had until 6:45 pm to blow in Nanning. I spent an hour on this blog, then realized it was a … Continue reading

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Leaving Shanghai, on the Train to Nanning

I squandered my visit to Shanghai on messing around with the Metro, shopping (without buying) and eating. Just when I was getting comfortable getting around the vast city, population nearly 20 million, it was time to move on. As I … Continue reading

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By the Numbers

Before I leave the subject of the ship I wanted to set out the numbers. Seattle to Pusan 4616 nm Pusan to Yantian 1143 nm Yantian to Kaohsiung 340 nm Kaohsiung to Shanghai 592 + 43 “river in” nm Total … Continue reading

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A Rube in Shanghai

I left the ship in Shanghai on Wednesday evening. I expected a bag search at a minimum but it went very smoothly.  Three uniformed Immigration officers came aboard and met with the Captain in his office. I was summoned, one … Continue reading

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The Anti-Piracy Helpline

February 8 – We’re due to arrive in Shanghai, my last port of call, tomorrow around 11, but have gotten word that the Port of Shanghai is closed due to fog. In other shipping news, the Baltimore received this teletype … Continue reading

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

February 7 -The passage from Yantian to Taiwan was on flat seas but the wind blew from a direction that allowed some of the ship’s exhaust to seep into my cabin. As a result I slept badly and missed the … Continue reading

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