Nevertheless, the book has me thinking again about how much these ships pollute, Somali pirates, and taking a freighter ship to Japan, Singapore, or Vladivostok.
I also learned about Mission to Seafarers. It's an organization with centers in over 200 port cities. The crews are usually poor, uneducated Filipinos or Indians. When they dock and get on shore, they are often taken advantage of by hucksters and cab drivers. So at every major port, these missions are set up where crew members can get SIM cards and batteries at discount prices, a free ride to town to run errands, wifi and computers to communicate home, etc. It's a really worthwhile program. And the preaching is kept to a minimum. Studies show that less than 10% of the mission visitors step into the chapel portion of the mission. There is one in the Port of Oakland. I might swing by and take a look.