Also, a big thank you to past donors who have made it possible for Jack Tar Magazine to get printed at all, and for inspiring Kim, Colleen, the writers and photographers to continue bringing their perspective of the seafaring world to others in the industry.
The sales of the 2011 JTM Calendar bring a financial boost to the Jack Tar Magazine mission; We strengthen community among sailors through interactive, informative, and entertaining media, with a focus on the progressive side of modern maritime culture and it’s roots in traditional seamanship.
There are huge gaps in how information is being shared between maritime subcultures today. Heavy industrial offshore and Lakes operations have trade magazines that focus on new technology or environmental legislation affecting their industry. Commercial fishermen, research vessel crew, tour operators and sail training crew have few, if any, forums where they share information. Wooden boat builders, cruisers, and racers have magazines and online forums that include technical articles and product information, but scarce offerings when it comes to well written sea stories, interesting art and photography, and thoughtful reflections about life on the water today.
This is where Jack Tar Magazine picks up the slack; our audience includes everyone who recognizes the great, and sometimes not-so-great aspects of seafaring life. We educate new mariners on how to succeed in the maritime industry while promoting the study of traditional seamanship skills. We provide venues to discuss important issues: whether it’s about safety at sea, USCG compliance topics, relationships between operators and crew, or personal subjects that only a mariner might understand. We serve as an outlet for the creative and talented souls living and working on the water. We offer common ground where both fishermen and fisheries scientists may stand in support of dedicating their lives to the management of important natural resources. We are about bringing people together, and sharing our dedication to a safe, prosperous, and enjoyable future at sea.
There is an excellent quote by Rev. Dr. Nash Garabedian on the back cover of the September 2010 issue of The Maine Magazine; “Seafarers, and the maritime community are the people that teach me about what it means to love thy neighbor, how to be hospitable, and how to welcome a stranger.” That is the spirit in which Jack Tar Magazine was born, and the attitude with which we bring culture and information to other mariners and the world. Please help us to narrow the gaps in communication. You are helping people on different sides of the issues understand each other better. You are helping educate young people regarding their options in the industry. You are allowing a new generation of Cousteaus, Heyerdahls, Conrads and Chichesters to emerge and renew centuries of public fascination with a subculture that is too quickly forgetting seamanship survival skills and the romance of going to sea.
Jack Tar Magazine needs your help to carry on this mission, We invite you to come grow with us! Get involved by writing for Jack Tar Magazine and by posting on our Facebook page. Nautical texts, photographs, videos and selected links posted there are a welcome contribution. Our subscribers are our co-authors.
All inquiries regarding submissions, donations, and advertising go to Kim@JackTarMagazine.com
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