Think “lifeboat” and most of us picture an open fishing dory sort of thing, painted white with a couple of creaking oars pulling away from the sinking vessel. But when Captain Richard Phillips was rescued by Navy Seals Sunday after five days in a lifeboat launched from his hijacked ship, it left many people wondering what sort of craft they’d been drifting in. Turns it was a serious, enclosed life pod, painted international orange, kind of roomy, and stocked with supplies—this web site lists 31—that included emergency food rations, a jack-knife, and one set of fishing tackle, and other luxury survival gear.
Just what kind of lifeboat did Capt. Phillips hide out in before his rescue by Navy Seals?
It’s nicer than you might think…