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Stories of captains and mariners are often romanticized. However, the experience of those who toiled to earn a living on the sea is far from romantic. Indeed, for centuries Saba seamen have endured dangers and hardships. The stern living conditions on the island forced the families to plan ahead and be organized in everything they did, from working their lands, setting up agriculture, raising cows and goats for milk, meat and manure, to their shipping skills. Out at sea, with seemingly endless workdays, their living conditions aboard the ship were riddled with passion and love to provide a better life for their families, on the back of their seafaring skills.

Iron Men

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