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Old 01-24-2011
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Reading "Supertanker" has jaded my attitude as well. Big ship radars are often a/turned off in clear weather, b/set to ignore "clutter" - anything less than 80' long, c/broken. We also had a close encounter one beautiful summer day with the Massachusetts training ship Bay State. We were about 200 miles SW of Ireland. It was so calm we barely had steerage. They came up to within 200 yards of us - close enough to read the name clearly and count hull rivets without binoculars - while failing to respond to repeated radio calls on various channels. No one showed on deck. We started our engine to be sure to keep clear as they passed by.
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