Yes, I could have supplied some good quality pictures, but I stuck to some grainy old pictures… why?
Well, those who don’t know me, I worked as “Marine Engineer” for about 7 years on merchant ships and oil tankers. Basically I had to sail on ocean going ships maintaining and managing ships engines. Generally there would be 3 to 4 engineers on ship. Ship has a large engine room which is size-wise equates to 6 story apartment complex! So there is lot of work and ofcourse lot of fun too.
So here are some pictures from my adventure.
Some interesting things happened in my ship life
We were attacked by Somali pirates they chased us for 24 hrs and shot at us by machine guns, but they could not intercept us and finally gave away.
Our ship got a hole in the bottom and our engine room started getting flooded, any water flooding in the engine room could be a Titanic Story! we all prepared for abandoning ship too. Contacted shore for help. As we were close to shore rescue helicopter came with divers who went down and blocked the hole from outside, by welding a sheet. We sailed with that patched ship keeping our hearts in hand.
My ship collided with other ship at Anchorage, and two ships anchor chains got entangled, and ships started rubbing to each other. Being both oil tankers any fire would ignite the tankers and would be a bomb but then we sacrificed our anchor to release the ship.
There was a sick person in ship and air lift was requested, the helicopter tried to land on the ship, and because of the sudden roll of the ship helicopter hit the ship and destroyed in 60 secs!, luckily helicopter crew managed to jump in to water and rescued by us!! And ship was taken to shore with all involved.
So you see basically it was an adventure filled times for the brave-hearts. But then I decided to quit the sea life and get back normal one! Other side of the mountain always…. bla bla bla
But to be frank me and my wife still we miss that life! Worth the experience! That made us strong as ever!