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!" (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!"

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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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
(Donovan Hohn)


Facts and figures from the "Passenger Information" handbook.

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)


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

Freighter Journey
(Donovan Hohn)

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