Friday 4 March 2011: Happy Success
I love history and I love to watch ships with a history. This one for instance has seen almost 38 years of consecutive sea service. It is a so-called first generation supply vessel. The design comes from the United States and was used to supply oil rigs in calm waters. Behind the funnels is the entrance to the engine room, only a kind of submarine access. When the offshore drilling started in the North Sea, American owners had a look at the map and concluded that rough and high seas were not possible on a small sea like that. So they sent these types of supply vessels to the North Sea. It turned out to be a nightmare for the crews, especially for the engineers to get in and out of the engine room without drowning.
Now you see them in calm and poor waters again like here in India. I love the name of this one. It must be quite a task for the captain and crew to keep this old lady running, but you'll see probably only happy faces on board among the crew. Happy to earn their daily bread with her.
And remember what Albert Schweitzer said about happiness and success:
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful"