The video clip we posted under "Incoming" the other day generated a great discussion on old ships and the boat breaker operations that end their lives. It also uncovered some real gems on this engrossing (for sailors) subject, the first being a striking photoessay project from night photography expert Troy Paiva on the last days of the S.S. Independence before her departure for the beaches of Asia. The second is a phenomenal piece of journalism from Atlantic correspondent William Langewiesche about the biggest boat breaking site on Earth – Alang, India – where half of the 700 boats scrapped every year end up. Any student of the sea should check ’em both out, and a big thanks to ‘caca cabeza’ and the mighty Kū for the links. Image of Alang from Google Maps.