Day of the Seafarer 2019

Today, on Day of the Seafarer, I would like to recognise the hard work of seafarers around the world, and the efforts of the International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) in providing support to them. Seafarers live a precarious life, often working in unsafe conditions with little or no job security. Hundreds find themselves stateless as their ships are abandoned by unscrupulous owners (the subject of my next novel). As a result, their mental and physical health suffers, and they find themselves living as prisoners aboard unsafe vessels, unable to support their loved ones at home.

Don’t forget the men and women who work our seas!


By timbridwell

Author of the novel SOPHRONIA L. (2014, Folded Word Press), Tim Bridwell is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the BFA Practicum program in film at Emerson College.

He wrote and directed the feature film Rendezvous in Samarkand and short HAZE, both shot in Morocco. The screenplay of Sophronia L. won the “Award for Excellence in Screenwriting” from Cinema City and the “Golden Lion Award” at the George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival.

A trumpeter, Tim was a founding member of US ska legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. He is a full member of the International House of Japan, in Tokyo. Born in New York City and raised on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, he has lived in Paris for the last two decades.