The Light Of The Season!

From the human despair of the coldest, longest, darkest nights of the winter in the Northern Hemisphere comes the celebration of Light from Santa Lucia’s bright candlelights and the enlightened birth of Jesus Christ under the Star of Bethlehem; the longing for warmth and light, the prospect of birth and the hope of a young life, the dawn of longer and brighter days of a promising future…

What better way to celebrate the Spirit of the Season in shipping but with the physical lights that kept the maritime industry safely afloat for many many centuries! Lights of an age past when sailing was a hard-earned skill and deplete of electronics, when vessels needed every guidance possible to stay away from dangerous shoals, shallow rocks and protruding promontories.

May the Light of the Season guide us all in the shipping industry to a brighter future with sustainably higher freight rates for vessels trading under ‘fair winds and following seas’!

Sul mare luccica l’astro d’argento.                 On the sea glitters the silver star                               Placida è l’onda, prospero è il vento.             Gentle the waves, favorable the winds.                 Venite all’agile barchetta mia,                        Come into my nimble little boat,                           Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!                                Saint Lucy! Saint Lucy!

Longstone Lighthouse in the Farnes, UK (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Longstone Lighthouse in the Farnes, UK (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Bremerhaven: Geestemünde Mole Nord Lighthouse (image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Bremerhaven: Geestemünde Mole Nord Lighthouse (image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Lighthouse Lens, Hamburg Maritime Museum (Image source: Basil M Karatzas)

Lighthouse Lens, Hamburg Maritime Museum (Image source: Basil M Karatzas)

Plum Beach Lighthouse, Rhode Island (Image source: Basil M Karatzas)

Plum Beach Lighthouse, Rhode Island (Image source: Basil M Karatzas)

Western Jamaica: South Negril Point Lighthouse (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Western Jamaica: South Negril Point Lighthouse (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Stockholm Archipelago: Öja: Landorts Fyr (Oldest in Sweden, built in 1658; Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Stockholm Archipelago: Öja: Landorts Fyr (Oldest in Sweden, built in 1658; Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Orkney islands / Helliar Holm Lighthouse (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Orkney islands / Helliar Holm Lighthouse (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, UK (Image source: courtesy of www.panoramio.com)

St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, UK (Image source: courtesy of http://www.panoramio.com)

Inagua island: Great Inagua Lighthouse, Bahamas (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Inagua island: Great Inagua Lighthouse, Bahamas (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Varne Light Vessel, Dover Straight, UK (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Varne Light Vessel, Dover Straight, UK (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Corfu: Faros Sidero, Greece (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Corfu: Faros Sidero, Greece (Image source: World of Lighthouses)

Kanchanapisek Lighthouse, Promthep Cape, built 1996 (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Kanchanapisek Lighthouse, Promthep Cape, built 1996 (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, N Carolina (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, N Carolina (Image source: Wiki Commons)

Eastbourne: Beachy Head Lighthouse (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

Eastbourne: Beachy Head Lighthouse (Image source: courtesy of World of Lighthouses)

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