In my attempt to create a paper on how the Navigation Rules pertain to vessel mishaps over the past years, I endeavored to find three separate cases that were similar in their ultimate outcomes but which differed in the events leading up to them. My attempt led me to select these cases I felt I could accurately compare. To my mind these cases seemed similar in their appearance but as I began spending time on them I began to see they did indeed differ in many ways even though they are all vessel strandings. In the end, I feel I had succeeded in selecting good examples to compare. I must confess that another reason for my choice was an attempt to make my paper a somewhat "easy" exercise by selecting three separate strandings involving only that one vessel. Here, I was mistaken and later, on, happily so as I began to enjoy this work.
It became apparent that although these cases each involved only one vessel, the events leading up to and surrounding them was quite complicated. I was happy to find that this project would excite my investigative thought processes and desire to learn more about the reasons why each incident had come about. Although the ultimate grounding of each of these vessels is where most of the similarities would end, already I had learned early on that even single-vessel incidents can have their complexities. Finding the differences in these three cases and further, to see how they pertained to the Navigation Rules would be an extra treat for me.
Finally, I needed a benchmark of some sort for my own understanding of this business so that I may do my job better if I were placed in the same situation in my career. I am sure that...