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Captain Last Man to Leave Sinking Ship

It is distressing to this sailor to read accounts of the terrible loss of life onboard the South Korean ferry, most all high school students off for a vacation.

There was an inexperienced third mate at the helm and after she made a hard right turn, the ship capsized.

And who were some of the first "rescued" and off the ship? The captain and his officers.…


Added by John Barell on April 24, 2014 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

Like Tom Clancy. . .

Absolute Bearing, Free on Kindle today, 2/5 and tomorrow 2/6:

"Like Tom Clancy. . ."

"Your ticket to High Adventure. . . "

"Not since reading Nicholas Monsarrat's THE CRUEL SEA have I read a sea story, indeed, a tale of life itself, like this."…


Added by John Barell on February 5, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Absolute Bearing--"Your ticket to high adventure"

Your ticket to high adventure.

For those who still enjoy reading a good book, John Barell has once again met his mark by telling an engaging story of one man's inner self doubt, resolve and redemption for decisions made during the worst of situations. One need not be active or former military to appreciate the perspective of making decisions that could define your life or change the course of history for many lives.

The weight of responsibility is…


Added by John Barell on December 9, 2013 at 2:18pm — No Comments

ABSOLUTE BEARING--Maximum Hazard at Sea

How do you avoid collision at sea?

You’re steaming alone on a ship of the line through a violent storm at midnight, plowing into fifty foot waves that crash over the bow onto the navigation bridge.  Winds whip the ship port to starboard and everything in the pilot house becomes a dangerous missile.

Then, all of sudden, radar spots Skunk Alpha approaching from beyond five thousand yards.  You follow her track, constant bearing…


Added by John Barell on December 1, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Boston First Responders

To those who run toward danger and save our lives, the First Responders in Boston:

John Barell


Added by John Barell on May 16, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

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