Below is the opening paragraph of the new post on my blog MrsLieutenant.blogspot.com. What I didn’t include in this intro is that Capt. Schwartzstein is Jewish, and he describes some of his experiences as a Jewish Merchant Marine in the two blog posts also referenced below. Read this intro and then click through to read the entire firsthand report about standing pirate watch on the high seas off Somalia.
The news is full of the successful rescue by U.S. sharpshooters of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. Joseph Schwartzstein, Captain, U.S. Merchant Marine, LTJG, USNR/MMR, who wrote about serving as a Merchant Mariner in a February 1st blog post and a February 2nd blog post, offered to give the readers of this blog a firsthand account of standing pirate watch — unarmed: