Porto Santo Stafano Italy

And it shall be said in that day, Lo this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord ; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.

Isaiah 25:9
The view from Bugzy’s park up for the night.
Fresh fish and seagulls.
These three fishing boats just in with their catch.
Porto Santo Stafano on the West Coast of Italy 150km northwest of Rome.
A Tuscan hill port.
We were either sleeping too heavily or they went quietly .
Here are their spaces in a grey dawn with lights still on in the distance reflected in the blue of the harbour water.
Walking a little way from where we parked there was an unusual monument to this event.
Now the story goes that an unpaying lover of captain Francesco Schettino was on the bridge of the Costa Concordia . Her distraction it is felt caused the Captain to deviate the ship’s course and he sailed too close to Idola del Giglio,
got stuck on the rock formations on the sea floor
and there the Costa Concordia capsized on 13 January 2012

Now some facts:

3,206 passengers

1,023 crew

27 passengers died

5 crew members died

2 members of the salvage team died.

The captain is serving a jail sentence.

Total cost of the disaster $2 billion and her salvage was one of the biggest maritime salvage operations.

On to a happier morning sight. New vessels being worked on.
The late Olin Stephens (1908-2008) the American yacht designer made Argentario sailing week his favourite event.
Held in these waters.

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.


Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893 A French short story writer.)

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck , we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.

Willa Cather 1873-1947 American writer.

Thank you for looking at this post. It is raining with the bells ringing as I write these words. Take care.

Sandy 🙂

10 thoughts on “Porto Santo Stafano Italy

    1. Bridgette I don’t understand why all of your comments have only come to me now and in my unreplied section. I am usually very careful to answer. Sorry for these late replies but I am grateful that you took the time to comment.

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