I boarded the RO-RO carrier M/V AutoBank in Oslo as they finished unloading their shipment of cars. Then we sailed to Bremerhaven, Germany to load again. Here's a short video clip I made with photos and sound from our 24-hour journey.
The sound is from a recording I made as we were pulling up the ramps, winding up the mooring cables, and setting sail from Oslo. The beautiful progression of tone changes is exactly as it happened-- I just abridged it a bunch, taking it from 13 minutes down to 2 minutes.
I made this audio slideshow for WBEZ Chicago's Front and Center series. A companion piece to my 12.5 minute radio feature "Big Ship Diary" which aired July 2011. Big Ship Diary is told from the perspective of deck cadet and youngest crew member on board the Calumet, a laker whose crew hauls coal, salt, sand and steel between ports on the Great Lakes, keeping the region running.