1001 Ways to die (8) – Watchman of decommissioned vessel ""Claudia M" died of heart attack


The news item in today’s (19 January 2012) wires was very brief.

The watchman of the decommissioned (moored in the area  of Elefsis) vessel “Claudia M” (Italian flag)  died of a heart attack, at the age of 56.

"Claudia M"moored in the Sicilian port of Trapani, sometime in 2010

There is no mentioning of a name.

The dead man remains anonymous.

We do not know his nationality.

All the details that are ususally reported wehne someone dies, are missing.

Seaman's Book

Except of his age and his employment.

Do the details matter after all?

A seaman’s life is exposed to the huge risks created by the Sea and force of the Elements.

Most of the time seamen’s deaths are reported, they have been caused by naval accidents while the ship was en route to somewhere.

In Claudia M’s case, the ship was already decommissioned. Moored outside the port of Piraeus, near Elefsis.

The man most likely died surrounded by boredom, by the relentless pressure that Time puts upon us when we have all the time in the world and absolutely nothing to do.

Apparently, the watchman was  alone on board.

It is likely that he called for help, prior to departing from this futile world.

Officers of the Greek Coast Guard boarded the vessel, and transferred the man to the nearest hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

Claudia M in Livorno, in 2009

I write about someone’w death and I do not even know his name.

I do not even know the “good” things that he did, or even some of the “bad” things.

It is common when we escort someone to the outskirts of life as we know it, to refer to the “significant” bits of his life, his personality, and so on.

Obviously I cannot do that, as I know nothing about the man.

But I do not feel that I have to.

To mourn the loss of a human life it is not necessary to evaluate this life , assess it, criticize it, and make the whole thing worth it.

There is no “worth” in Death. There is not “ethical side” in Death.

Nikos Kavadias

Death cannot be counterbalanced by the things that the deceased did, or by the traits of his character and personality.

Death is not concerned about great losses or lesser losses.

Death does not count or weigh the good and the bad.

Death ignores and detests discrimination.

Death is the Great Equalizer nd the Master Annihilator.

And it is because of the equivalent powers of the Sea, that every Seaman has a special relationship with Death. They build this relationship during the long hours, the long days, the long months in the vast territories of the blue and grey waters. And they carry it with them everywhere they go. Until they make the last trip.

Dedication: This post is dedicated to the memory of Seaman Nikos Kavadias, who sailed for the Beyond on the 10th February 1975. 


  1. Συμπτωματικα, την ιδια μερα, αναχωρησε ενα συγγενικο μου προσωπο…. Περα απο την θλιψη, την φρικη, αν θες, στην θεα του θανατου, την συνειδητοποιηση της απωλειας, σηκωθηκε και ενας ανεμοστροβιλος φιλοσοφικης διαθεσης, που εφερε στην επιφανεια ζητηματα οπως το ματαιο, το εφημερο, το μετα, το πριν… Οι μερες θα περασουν και ολα παλι θα καταλαγιασουν και θα σκεπαστουν απο την σκονη της καθημερινης ρουτινας…

  2. 1001 τρόποι για να ζήσεις, 1001 τρόποι να πεθάνεις. Κανένα νόημα όμως. Είμαστε καταμεσής του είναι και όμως νομίζουμε ότι μπορούμε να θεωρήσουμε την ύπαρξη, να την δούμε από πολλές σκοπιές, να ρωτήσουμε για αιτία και σκοπό, σαν τον πνιγμένο που πάει να πιαστεί από το μαλλιά του. Η ερώτηση για την ύπαρξη απαιτεί το ξεπέρασμα της, μόνο που αυτό το άλμα θα μας ξαναφέρει καταμεσής της. Εύκολο να πιστέψουμε ότι πήγαμε παραπέρα, εύκολο να ξεχάσουμε ότι το μηδέν, το επέκεινα, η τύχη, η ελευθερία, απλώς είναι. Το μόνο που κάναμε ήταν να προσθέσουμε ακόμη μερικά όντα στο είναι, όντα της νόησης, όντα της φαντασίας.

    Ο Παρμενίδης περιγράφει την εγκλεισμό μας στην ύπαρξη:

    • Εκεινο που μπορω να μαρτυρησω ειναι οτι ο εγκλεισμος στην υπαρξη βεβαιωνεται και ενισχυεται απο την αποπειρα αποδρασης απο αυτην. Δηλαδη μονο δια μεσου της διαπαλης (πολλες φορες οδυνηρης και με απωλειες) καταληγεις (προσωρινα μονο, μεχρι την ωρα της οριστικης καταληξης) στην πραγματικη εμπειρια και την εμπεδωση της.

    • Σε μια ελευθερη αποδοση, κατεληξα στο:

      “…(το ον) διακατεχεται εν τω συνολω του απο συνεχεια, αφου το ον συνευρισκεται με το ον”

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