Even before our family migrated to the US from Ireland, Crawfords were water-borne. Our grandfather sailed around Cape Horn (and was swept overboard) on the Sailing Bark “Fingal.” A subsequent wave swept him back. One of our father’s ships was torpedoed and sunk in World War II. A second was caught in the sights of a kamikaze pilot. Grandfather, father, uncles, cousins and brothers have served as Ordinary Seamen, Able-Bodied Seamen and the range of officers from Third Mate to Masters of their own vessels. Their ships — fishing boats, tankers, towboats, container ships — have carried cargoes ranging from oil to lions and tigers to all parts of the globe. Here are photos of a few of their vessels.