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TIDEWATER MARINE YOUR BOATS RIDE LOW
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In our MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST SECTION we have posted the serialized version of the American Mariner's Association Report titled "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER" which is about the present day working conditions in America's "work boat fleets" especially those vessels belonging to the offshore oil and mineral industry and commercial towing. This portion of the American Merchant Marine is mostly non union and the working conditions are not what the public imagines from the what is known of the better known, but much smaller employment sector of the "deep draft" merchant marine. We encourage all Americans to read "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER" as it has the potential to do for America's "workboatmen" what "TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST"did for blue water transport workers in the late part of the 19th century. We recognize however that it is very difficult for the average American to even envision what this maritime industry sector lokks like much less what work a day life out there is like. So we provide this link to a very short musical video titled TIDEWATER MARINE YOUR BOATS RIDE LOW. It only takes a few minutes to watch and listen to, we think its entertaining and should enable the reader to visualize what "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER" is all about. Incidentally we are not singling out TIDEWATER MARINE as a egregious employer. We had nothing to do with the production of the video, that simply is the title of the song.