When I first heard that a huge cargo ship is lost at sea after running into Joaquin the Hurricane, it reminded me of how devastating mother nature can be when it can toss around a 790 foot ship like a toothpick on the ocean.

An expert reported on TV that it wasn’t clear what information the captain was working with that would lead him into a hurricane, but those ships can normally withstand 150 MPH winds under normal conditions. The problem was that the ship lost its propulsion and was left to float like a drifting log with no power to combat the winds.

Today’s paper reveal that the ship was made at the Chester Shipyard in 1975. It’s nice to be reminded of the heyday of Chester’s industrial era when our dads, granddads, uncles and neighbors were kicking out a ship a week, mostly for the war effort.

But, in reality, it’s not hard to imagine that a 40 year old ship probably doesn’t stand much of a chance against any hurricane on the high seas.

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