FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - CIVILIANS STORIES
Buoy : A floating marker fixed to the sea bed.
Tender : A ship used to look after, or tend, other ships or equipment.
Another job of the Coast Guard is to look after buoys. Buoys mark dangerous places, and the safe channels for ships. The ship that does the work on the buoys is called a buoy tender. The buoys are quite large and heavy. To lift them from the sea needs a heavy crane. I was used to working large machines, and so I moved up from ordinary seaman to working the heavy machines.
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