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Ancient Mariner


I always find stories like this one interesting. For every broken treasure ship at the bottom of the ocean, there were dozens, even hundreds of sailors, soldiers, and merchants who went down when a storm got rough, or a pirate got too close, or something went wrong with the hull or the steering. Every ship had a financier on either side who had, quite possibly, risked his or her entire fortune on the success of the voyage. On each ship there was a hierarchy of expertise, from the captain to the master to the veteran sailors to the landsmen to the passengers, each with his or her own role to play in the disaster that ensued. Finally, there were people left on land who lost their loved ones without ever receiving even a forensic understanding of what had gone wrong.

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