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At anchor today in Stumptown

Most days, I ride to work on a bus that crosses the river next to a grain elevator. The ship tied up there today was the Pistis.

Because there is a Gnostic Christian text on the Holy Spirit called the Pistis Sophia, the word pistis, which means "faith" in Greek, turns up frequently in connection with the word sophia, meaning "wisdom."

By contrast, in a search on freight ships called Pistis, the word "hull" turns up in connection with the word "corroded" more often than you'd think would be good.

Pistis was detained at Koper in 2002 for being in generally horrendous condition. New Orleans expelled it last July for undisclosed deficiencies. Bristol detained it the following month for, among other offenses, having its "main engine gagged open with a jubilee clip".

Pistis has not yet made the Paris MOU Port Control's Rustbucket list (PDF). But the fact that there is such a list gives me all kinds of faith in the persistence of humor.

Jubilee clips notwithstanding, wheat or barley from east of the Cascades was pouring into the open hatches this morning, and Pistis looked about ready to head downriver to the Pacific. Let's hope it gets to Asia in one piece.

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