Today, a listener question about a dilapidated looking ship in the Astoria Anchorage. Does a ship’s appearance signal problems on board? Possibly, but not necessarily. She could just need a good paint job. The ocean is hard on ships.

However, the question speaks to what’s become a global issue: ships being abandoned by their owners with crew on board. In some places in the world it’s reached crisis proportions. And at least once, it happened here.