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Almost midnight on the North Pacific, about 230 miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. A heavy fog blankets the sea. There’s nothing but the wind spinning eddies through the mist.

 

Out of the darkness, a rumble grows. The water begins to vibrate. Suddenly, the prow of a massive ship splits the fog. Its steel hull rises seven stories above the water and stretches two football fields back into the night. A 15,683-horsepower engine roars through the holds, pushing 55,328 tons of steel. Crisp white capital letters — COUGAR ACE — spell the ship’s name above the ocean froth. A deep-sea car transport, its 14 decks are packed with 4,703 new Mazdas bound for North America. Estimated cargo value: $103 million.

 

Continue the surprisingly riveting story of the Cougar Ace here:

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-03/ff_seacowboys?currentPage=all

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Long read, started it, will finish later, super interesting stuff.

 

And on matters maritime, what the fuck hit the Mitsui in the Hormuz Strait the other day??!!

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old news but this story is much more detailed and written well good read altough the end is a bummer, i would have tried to snag a mazda or a few for the crew but fuck it.

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