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  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    My first glimpse of the Hanjin Ottawa, seen through the windshield of a paneled van driven by a shipping agent named Mr. Shin. "May I ask you question?" he said. "Why you take the ship? Long time! Ten days!"

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Gantry cranes at rest, with booms raised skyward, resembled brontosauruses or steel giraffes.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    My cabin on the E-Deck featured a view of the containers.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Though I read the list of forbidden activities from the "Passenger Information" handbook, somehow I managed to forget item five: Do not "walk outside accommodation during . . . bad weather or during hours of darkness."

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Facts and figures from the "Passenger Information" handbook.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    The Ottawa's gym also houses a seawater swimming pool, empty during winter because the northerly waters of the Pacific are hypothermically cold.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Looking aft from the bridge deck during the first day at sea.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Looking fore from the bridge you can see the white foremast rising up from behind the stacked containers.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Looking down from the starboard bridge wing on the second day as a sprinkle of snow starts falling.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    The icy view from the bridge as we steam northeast through a snowstorm into the Graveyard of the Pacific, east of Japan.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    Five days out, at the International Dateline, the sun breaks through the clouds for the first time in days.

  • Freighter Journey

    Photo: Donovan Hohn

    Freighter Journey

    A self-portrait as I hang on to the foot of the foremast.

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