Author Archives: Rick Spilman

Destroyer USS John S. McCain Collides with Tanker — 10 Missing, 5 Injured

In the second major collision between a US Navy destroyer and a merchant ship in the last three months, the USS John S. McCain was damaged in a collision with a tanker near Singapore. Five sailors were injured and 10 are missing. … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged | Leave a comment

Lost World War II Cruiser USS Indianapolis Found in Philippine Sea by Billionaire Paul Allen

Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, announced that wreckage from the USS Indianapolis was discovered on Aug. 18 by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel. The Indianapolis was found 5,500 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of … Continue reading

Posted in Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Topsail Schooner Oosterschelde Wins Transatlantic Race

The Dutch three-masted topsail schooner Oosterschelde will be 100 years old next year, but she is still fast. She just finished first in the trans-Atlantic race from Halifax to Le Havre. After a voyage of 2,500 nautical miles (4,500 km) the ship … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

USS Fitzgerald Update — Ship Returning Home, Sailors Disciplined, Navy Report

The USS Fitzgerald, seriously damaged in a collision with a container ship on June 17th that killed seven U.S. sailors, will be transported back to the United States for repairs. The destroyer will be carried via heavy lift ship between mid-September and … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | 4 Comments

Quadriga — Lloyd’s Register Joins Project to Build Sailing Car-Carrier

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced recently that it has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build a sailing car-carrier, which would be the world’s largest sailing cargo ship. The 170-meter long design … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Time Short to Save Battleship USS Texas

For several years now, we have followed the progressive decline of the battleship USS Texas, commissioned in 1914. She is the only remaining World War I-era dreadnought battleship and is one of only seven remaining ships and the only remaining capital ship … Continue reading

Posted in Current, History, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Sailing Great, Edward Allcard, Dies at 102

Edward Allcard, an English naval architect, marine surveyor, yachtsman and author, died at the end of last month at the age of 102. We will probably be best remembered as the first person to sail solo across the Atlantic in … Continue reading

Posted in Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

The Submarine is Raised but the Mystery Deepens — Where is Kim Wall?

On Saturday, we posted that the Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been held on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist, and the sinking of the privately owned submarine UC3 Nautilus on Friday off Denmark. Madsen claimed that he … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Mystic Seaport Antique & Classic Boat Parade 2017

Here is some lovely drone footage of the boat parade from the 2017 Mystic Seaport Antique & Classic Rendevous.  The recently restored 1908 steamboat Sabino leads the parade. Mystic Seaport Antique & Classic Boat Parade 2017

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The Strange Saga of UC3 Nautilus — Sub Sinks, Inventor Held for Murder — Updated

In a bizarre and developing story, the Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been held on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a Swedish journalist and the sinking of the privately owned submarine UC3 Nautilus on Thursday off Denmark.  Madsen denies the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pen Hadow’s Expedition to Sail to the North Pole

In 2003, Pen Hadow walked to the North Pole. He became the first person to trek to the Pole solo without being resupplied. Now, Pen Hadow is returning to the North Pole, but he won’t be able to walk. The … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

TBT — Pinky, Albino Pink Dolphin in Louisiana, Doing Fine

Updating a previous post for Throw-Back Thursday. Two years ago, we posted about “Pinky,” a pink dolphin that was seen swimming in the Calcasieu River in Louisianna. Pinky is believed to be an albino and was first sighted in the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | Leave a comment

4,000 Ton Steam Generator Sails Slowly Down the Hudson River

Rivers have always made the best highways. On Monday, a massive heat-recovery steam generator left the Port of Coeymans, near Albany, on the Hudson River, on a barge bound for a new power plant under construction in Sewaren, NJ. The generator … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Pilot, New Schooner Restaurant/Bar Opens in Brooklyn to Cheers and a Few Jeers

Pilot, a new seasonal restaurant and bar on an historic schooner has opened in Brooklyn, NY, off Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on the East River. The opening has been met with cheers and a few jeers. The cheers are … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

When Crustaceans Attack — Did Sea Lice Chew Up Australian Teen’s Legs?

Australian waters can be dangerous. Over the years we have posted about attacks by crocodiles, sharks and deadly jellyfish.   This hazard, however, is new, at least to us. Recently, Australian media was flooded with photos of the bloodied legs … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How Whales Change Climate

Here is a fascinating short video that discusses “trophic cascades,” “poo-namis,” ocean mixing and how whales have a positive impact on climate change.  Worth watching.  How Whales Change Climate

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Not All Rescues End Well — the Death of Anne Dufourmantelle, Risk-Taker

In mid-July we posted about a group of 80 strangers who formed a human chain to rescue 10 people carried out in a rip current into the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City Beach in the Florida panhandle. All ten … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea | 5 Comments

Navy Finds Captain “Ultimately Responsible” for USS Antietam Grounding in Toyko Bay

These have been rough times for US destroyers and cruisers deployed to Japan. The US Navy has found that the former commanding officer of the USS Antietam, Captain Joseph Carrigan, was “ultimately responsible” for the cruiser running aground and spilling … Continue reading

Posted in Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Dredging Portsmouth Harbor — Cannon, Anchors, Bombs and a Skull

When dredging a harbor with as long and rich a history as UK’s Portsmouth, there is literally no telling what you may find.  The harbor is now being dredged to deepen and widen a four-mile channel to allow the the navy’s … Continue reading

Posted in Current, History, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft — ” I Will Not Break Faith” with Transgender Coast Guard Personnel

Recently, Lt. Taylor Miller of the U.S. Coast Guard was featured in an article in the Washington Post. Lt. Miller is transgender and after a series of early morning tweets by the current occupant of the White House announcing a … Continue reading

Posted in Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments