Joel Abrahamsson, from Gothenburg, Sweden, recently caught a 15′ long 1,247 pound Greenland shark while fishing from a kayak near the island of Andoria, in Norway. The catch sets a new world record for a fish caught with a rod and reel from a kayak.
The Greenland shark is very rare, living in the deep and cold waters of the Arctic. To catch the shark, Abrahamsson lowered 1,600 of line, baited with eight pounds of coalfish as bait, from his kayak. When the shark bit, it took Abrahamsson an hour and a half to reel in the huge fish, which weighed as much as an adult polar bear and is believed to be up to 200 years old.
The bacteria is similar to other known strains but is resistant to the usual drugs, said Ana Paula D’Alincourt Carvalho Assef, the coordinator of the study that was published on the Oswaldo Cruz’s website.Continue reading →
We are very pleased to confirm that we have now entered into a preliminary agreement in support of the redevelopment of the SS United States. Negotiations have been underway for some time, and planning will continue with a variety of stakeholders. While further due diligence is conducted, the Conservancy will receive financial support to cover the vessel’s core carrying costs for at least an additional three months.
Back in 2010, we posted that some members of NATO were uncomfortable with a French contract to build two, with an option for two more, Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russia. The first ship, the Vladivostok, was supposed to be delivered to Russia in October but following Russian actions in the Ukraine, President François Hollande said France would postpone the delivery “until further notice.” The Russians are demanding that the French live up to the shipbuilding contract. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said, “Everything is specified in the contract, and we will act under that contract, just like all civilized people do.”
It was 1799, and French privateers lurked in the Atlantic and the Bay of Bengal. Yet Eleanor Reid, newly married and just twenty one years old, made up her mind to sail with her husband, Captain Hugh Reid, to the penal colony of New South Wales, the Spice Islands and India. Danger threatened, not just from the barely charted seas they would be sailing, yet, confident in her love and her husband’s seamanship, Eleanor insisted on going along. Joan Druett, writer of many books about the sea, including the bestseller Island of the Lost and the groundbreaking story of women under sail,Hen Frigates, embellishes Eleanor’s journal with a commentary that illuminates the strange story of a remarkable young woman. Published by Old Salt Press. ISBN 978-0-9941152-1-8
As far as I am concerned the Baltimore clippers under sail are among the most beautiful traditional sailing ships on the face of the watery planet. As we slip into winter here is lovely video by Pierre Henkart of the Pride of Baltimore II underway.
Another case of “I read it on the internet so it must be true.” The Internet spoof site, World News Daily Report posted “Mysterious Remains of A Whale Found in a Field in Utah” in which it claims dairy farmer, Michael Woodson, from Farmington, Utah found a 12 meter long humpback whale laying lifeless in the middle of one of his fields. “We have to admit that we find this case very puzzling” said Captain Terry Dawson from the Farmington police.
Of course, there was no humpback whale in the Utah field, nor is there a dairy farmer named Woodson nor a police officer named Dawson. The story, of course, was a joke, a spoof, an attempt at satire. Nevertheless, the Farmington Utah 911 emergency dispatch lines became tied up with calls from residents asking about the humpback whale.
We recently posted about the retired oyster dredging schoonersA.J. Meerwald and the Ada C. Lore. Here is a wonderful short video featuring an interview with Arthur “Daddy Art” Daniels, a 93 year old skipjack captain, who is still dredging oysters under sail in the Chesapeake Bay on his skipjack, City of Crisfield. He is the oldest captain still working the Chesapeake. There are only a handful of skipjacks that are actively still working on the bay. Thanks to Raymond Faulkner for pointing the video out on Facebook.
This morning we posted that the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry organization is looking for Licensed Mates. They are also looking for a qualified Engineer.
Engineer Job Description:
OHPRI is seeking an Engineer for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to join the crew for USCG testing and sea trials in the spring in preparation for our programs starting summer 2015. Our programs include 1-2 week voyages in partnership with academic institutions, as well as teen summer camps and adult voyages. Applicants should have strong communication skills, an active interest in education and be capable of interacting positively with people of all ages.
The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry organization is looking for Licensed Mates. The 200-foot square-rigged tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry is Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel, the largest of its kind to have been built in this country in the last 100 years. A great opportunity for those with the right experience and credentials.
Licensed Mates Job Description:
OHPRI is seeking First and Second Mates for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to join the crew for USCG testing and sea trials in the spring in preparation for our programs starting summer 2015. Our programs include 1-2 week voyages in partnership with academic institutions, as well as teen summer camps and adult voyages.
A week ago at about 2AM, at least 50 feet of the breakwater in Eastport, Maine collapsed into the inner harbor. Pat Donahue, a local fisherman and caretaker of the 1923 schooner Ada C. Lore, suffered minor injuries when the breakwater collapsed. The Eastport pilot boat, Medric, was sunk and another 20 or so boats in the harbor were reported to be damaged. The schooner Ada C. Lore lost both her masts.
The Ada C. Lore has been sailing on whale watching tours out of Eastport for the last several years. Yet, even a passing look tells you that she is not a “Downeaster”. At a glance, she looks to be a near twin to the A.J. Meerwald, an oyster schooner and the Official Tall Ship of the State of New Jersey.
This feels like a bad joke, but sadly, it isn’t. In May of 2010, we posted about “Women Submariners – Pioneers Facing Many Challenges.” Of the various challenges we expected women on submarines would have to face, secret shower videos were not the first to come to mind. Now, there are reports that female officers, serving aboard the USS Wyoming ballistic missile submarine, were secretly videotaped undressing to take showers. The videos were then distributed to other ships in the fleet. News of the videos emerged when an officer from another submarine received copies and reported their existence. A 24 year old second class petty officer is reported to be under investigation for making and distributing the videos. The petty officer is assigned to Trident Training Facility, near the submarine’s homeport in Kings Bay, Ga. according to the incident report.
After spending a month on dock at Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, VA, the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown is now steaming up the Elizabeth River on its way back home to Baltimore. During World War II, eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships, the largest number of ships ever produced of a single design. Now, John W. Brown is one of only two operational Liberty ships in the world. The other surviving operational Liberty ship is SS Jeremiah O’Brien in San Francisco, California. The Hellas Liberty (ex-SS Arthur M. Huddell) is a dockside museum ship in in Piraeus, Greece, but is not operational.
At least Sir Cloudesley Shovell had an excuse, not that he really needed one. He drowned with the other 1,400 sailors in the Scilly naval disaster of 1707. The navigators on the four warships that hit the Scilly’s Western Rocks lacked the tools to accurately calculate longitude. The disaster is credited with inspiring the Longitude Act in 1714, which established the Board of Longitude and offered a large money prize for anyone who could find a method of determining longitude accurately at sea.
Recently, the Team Vestas Wind racing in the Volvo Ocean Race ran aground on the Cargados Carajos Shoals in the Indian Ocean. In a recent blog post, Elaine Bunting in Yachting World asks the obvious question: How is it possible for a yacht bristling with the latest technology to hit a well-known reef, as Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Vestas Wind did, with catastrophic consequences? How can it happen to one of the world’s top navigators?
Since being sold by Cunard in 2007, the classic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has been the locus of many plans and schemes, all of which have come to naught. Sadly, the ship has remained tied up at a dock in Dubai’s Port Rashid for the last six years, where she is falling into disrepair.
Gunboat G4 with J foil daggerboards and T foil rudders
Very interesting news. Gunboat, builder of high-end racing/cruising catamarans, has promised the G4, a new all carbon fiber 40 foot long catamaran, in early 2015. The drawings and video have shown C-foil daggerboards and T-foil rudders. C-foils allow “foil-assisted” sailing. The C-foils develop lift and are capable of supporting most of the catamaran’s weight but will not lift the boat entirely out of the water. Since at least last Spring, however, there have been suggestions that Gunboat has something more ambitious in mind. They may be offering fully-foiling daggerboards, referred to variously as J or L foils, which would allow the G4 to fly like an America’s Cup AC 70, qualifying as the first flying cruising catamaran. Gunboat’s founder, Peter Johnstone, has said of the G4 — “It’s the baddest-ass coastal cruiser ever.”
In an interview with Sailing Anarchy from last May, Gunboat team member Rudo Enserink revealed the following: