Going on the Account: The Fashionable Season

It’s that time of the year, when the weather calms down a little, the waters are more inviting, the monsoon season ends, making it easier to send out the boats when a fat target is sighted…

Yes, it’s time for modern pirates to be making a bit more news.  The end of the monsoon season saw four shootouts, followed by the seizure of the UBT Ocean and all 21 hands aboard her.  Last year, there were 217 seizures off East Africa, a 95% increase over 2008’s numbers.  And with the season this year getting off to an active start, it could be ugly.

For both sides, it appears; there’s word this morning of the FS Nivose seizing eleven suspected pirates, coming just days after the Danish Absalom sank a pirate mothership.

If the pressure is building this high this early in the face of such odds, are we looking at the high water mark of the Modern Age of Piracy?  Could we assume that the number of attacks are going to be at an all-time high right before they burn out?  It’s still early in the season, but this will be something to keep an eye on.

Speaking of season, the New York Armory Show is back again, and this review in the TIMES describes an interesting figure that caught the reviewer’s eye… Frankly, the subject of the piece may have been overdoing it a bit…

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