‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’

The Year of No Flying blog chronicles a couple’s year spent travelling around the world while avoiding airplanes, in order to to reduce their carbon travel footprints. Their trip began in Seattle where they boarded a container ship, the MV Hanjin Madrid, for a September, 2009 crossing to Yokohama. They were the only passengers aboard the Madrid on their 22 day voyage to Japan. They have included a slide show of that segment of their journey that nicely shows the layout of the ship’s mess, engine room, passenger cabin and other areas. Also thoughtfully included are pictures of the food and menus. Clearly the ship bears no resemblance to Churchill’s quip about the British Navy: “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.”

The MV Hanjin Baltimore on which I will ship has about 30% larger cargo capacity than the Madrid and deployed in 2005, two years after the Madrid.  The Baltimore accommodates ten passengers. Hopefully there will be others on my crossing but I won’t be surprised if people aren’t queuing up for a long sea voyage in mid-January.

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 SaintExpedite@frozenheads.net
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3 Responses to ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’

  1. greg urbano says:

    very cool, i did not even know a person could do that , great shots

  2. Thanks Greg, the photographer(s) at the Year Of No Flying blog did a great job of illustrating their voyage. I have enjoyed your Florida photographs as well.

  3. wSeasis says:

    I had never considered travel by cargo ship as green, but now I understand. Looking forward to your future posts and photos. Stay warm fer God sake!

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