Arabian Sea

Ships of the Arabian Sea. Goa, India. January 15, 2012.

Arabian Sea

The Arabian Sea stretches away from the Indian Ocean north of an imaginary line drawn from Cape Comorin, at the southern tip of India, to Cape Guardafui, at the eastern end of the Horn of Africa. Africa, Arabia, Pakistan, and India enclose its warm salty waters in a sprawling shoreline formed like a great cup. The sea leaks over the cup through the Gulf of Aden, which connects the Arabian Sea with the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Oman, which links the sea with the Persian Gulf. At the broadest part of the sea, it is only about 1500 miles from the Arabian Peninsula shores to the Indian coast.

Modern navigation has made traveling on the monsoon-driven currents of the Arabian Sea less hazardous than in Sindbad’s time, but the ancient trade routes along the coasts of Africa, Arabia, and India still hold the same promise of wealth and adventure which lured Sindbad to the sea.

The treasures today are oil, rubber, uranium—raw materials from two continents bordering the Arabian Sea. The ships may be 100,000-ton oil tankers or swift cargo vessels skimming between Mukalla and Bombay faster than Sindbad’s wildest dreams. Yet these ships, supplying the industrial needs of a twentieth-century world, are merely continuing a tradition which goes back past Sindbad to the beginning of recorded history…..

…..A steady stream of huge tank ships, designed for oil, now cuts past the desert shores of the Arabian Sea. Cargo vessels race at 18 knots on a tight schedule between Europe and the East. They carry rubber, jute, silk, wool, spices, sugar, grain, cotton, carpets, coffee, dates and dozens of other products. Air conditioned liners cruise past some of the warmest and driest seashores on earth (the temperature in some coastal areas hovers at 130° and rain falls only a few days a year)…….

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Arabian Sea

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Arabian Sea



  1. Comment by Francois Bergeron

    Francois Bergeron Reply January 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Holy spit! At least 3 of those are quite remarkable. Looks like I took them.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      What do you man just three?

  2. Comment by Sandra Harris

    Sandra Harris Reply January 7, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Wow, very cool.

  3. Comment by Sandra Harris

    Sandra Harris Reply January 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    My favorite is the 3rd from the bottom. Oh and the 2nd one. First one, too.

    • Comment by Lisa Preston Harper

      Lisa Preston Harper Reply January 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      My favorite is the second from the bottom!

  4. Comment by Janet Miller

    Janet Miller Reply January 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I always paint my skies yellow…

  5. Comment by Lane

    Lane Reply January 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The 5th from the top gets my vote.

  6. Comment by Nick

    Nick Reply January 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Love your work. It’s fantastic stuff! Wondering if you would like to get a few more eyes on your writing by adding some of your writing on to my TRIP RAMBLER by World Travel List. Fyi, the site is
    Wishing the best, Nick

    • Comment by Jim

      Jim Reply January 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Nick. Thanks! I will drop you an email.

  7. Comment by Amber Gross

    Amber Gross Reply January 14, 2012 at 5:39 am

    They are alllll GREAT!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply October 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Thank you sir! 🙂

  8. Comment by Veronica Roth

    Veronica Roth Reply October 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Nicely done. When I’m in Vancouver I can’t stop photographing the ships either. Such lovely sitting targets against the sunsets. 🙂

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply October 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Thank you. I wasnt in Vancouver last December and thought the exact same thing. I just love these big things. I’ll be in Panama in January and look forward to getting some great shots of great ships lining up for the canal!

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  10. Comment by lensaddiction

    lensaddiction Reply October 20, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Great shots, lovely colour in the sky. I like the second last one. Your horizons are quite entertaining tho, one this way, two that way 🙂

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply October 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Hahaha. only one is out of place but I appreciate you pointing it out. I’ll get it fixed.

  11. Comment by fotoeins | Henry

    fotoeins | Henry Reply April 24, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Wow, I came here to this post – I really like the dusky light, the silhouettes, the varying shapes over the sea. It almost makes one yearn to be on one of those shipping liners. Almost.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply April 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Thats what I thought Henry! I felt…and still feel…like it might be great to spend a month or two on one of those ships seeing how they work, what its like and the unique view those sailors get of the world. That dusky light was amazing…but it was from all the junk in the air. Quite polluted in reality.

  12. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply January 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lisa Preston Harper I love that one too

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