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‘Deadliest’ skipper is on a safety mission

Capt. Keith Colburn of ‘Deadliest Catch’ is the face of the Coast Guard’s ‘Boat Responsibly’ campaign

The television program, in its seventh season, shows the perils of fishing for crab in the often brutal Bering Sea.The 40-foot wall of water crashed over the bow of the Wizard’s bow, pushing back 50,000 pounds of chained-down crab pots.

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Safety first for the camera crew, too

In addition to his crew of seven, Colburn is responsible for the safety of the two cameramen aboard Wizard.

Colburn (center) takes crew safety very seriously, running his men through drills and requiring PFDs at all times on deck.The cameramen are trained as crewmembers and are only allowed in certain areas of the vessel when the weather turns foul.

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The real Jack Aubrey

Thomas Cochrane was a public hero but a thorn in the side to both Napoleon and the British naval establishment

England had never seen the likes of it. In late February 1805, as the naval war with Napoleon intensified, a string of captured enemy merchantmen began streaming into the busy harbor at Plymouth manned by exuberant British prize crews.

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An eager student, a trusted mentor

When Thomas Cochrane reported for duty to his uncle Lord Alexander Cochrane’s ship at age 17 to begin his career in the British navy, he had little more to offer than a burning desire to succeed.

First to notice the thin, serious Scottish lad was Lt. Jack Larmour. This popular, experienced and happy-go-lucky sailor took Cochrane under his wing, for which the future admiral would be forever grateful. Even in his bitter old age, thoughts of Larmour brought a smile to Cochrane’s face.

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Intimidation through innovative seamanship

Thomas Cochrane earned the nickname Sea Wolf for his audacity, but he also was a superior seaman who delighted in the clever “ruse de guerre.”

He had only 40 men on board the frigate Pallas when three French corvettes approached. Cochrane saw escape was not just useless, but needless.

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