The Scuttlebutt | Season 2 Episode 7

This week on the Scuttlebutt, we’re talking all about an oft-forgotten service: the Merchant Marine. We talk to two Merchant Mariners, Sal Mercogliano and Bridget Cooney, about their work. We ask, how do the Merchant Marines differ from the US Marines (turns out—a lot!)? What does their day-to-day on ship look like? And why do we need them. We also go into the history of the Merchant Marine, the Jones Act, and refer to, of course, the Toms Hank movie Captain Phillips. Tune in for this fascinating discussion!

Further Reading

Everything About the Merchant Marine

Sal Mercogliano

Jones Act

SS Cynthia Olson

The Way of the Sea by Alex Roland

Fourth Arm of Defense by Sal Mercogliano

Lightning Round Maritime Dictionary