Author Archives: Rick Spilman

Why Did Anthem of the Seas Sail Straight into the Storm?

In a post yesterday, we raised the general question of why Royal Caribbean Line (RCL) would run winter cruises which passed off Cape Hatteras, an area known for bad weather, particularly in the winter months? Today many are asking the … Continue reading

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Update: Anthem of the Seas Returning to New York Harbor After Severe Storm

We posted this morning about the severe storm encountered by the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, off Cape Hatteras. As of this morning, the ship was bound for Port Canaveral but was being delayed by weather according … Continue reading

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Anthem of the Seas — A Storm at Sea and a Storm on Twitter

The winter storm that struck Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas as it cruised off the coast of the Carolinas this weekend also set off a storm on Twitter.  Passengers and crew tweeted photos and video of overturned furniture, damaged rails, and … Continue reading

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Bernie Webber — The Pendleton Rescue in His Own Words

Yesterday, we posted our review of the movie, “The Finest Hours,” a dramatization of the 1952 rescue of 32 of the crew of the T2 tanker SS Pendleton, which had broken in half in a winter Nor’easter in the Atlantic … Continue reading

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“The Finest Hours,” Greatest Small Boat Rescue in History — Movie Review

Originally posted on gCaptain. Reposted with permission. “The Finest Hours” is far from a perfect movie. Nevertheless, it recounts a remarkable story of heroism at sea that is well worth retelling. For anyone who has spent any time around ships, … Continue reading

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Donations Up for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Executive Director Resigns

We recently posted that the organization that operates the Hudson River sloop Clearwater was in serious financial trouble and had canceled its yearly music festival. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the executive director, Peter Gross, has resigned, citing “significant differences … Continue reading

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Will the SS United States Sail Again? Crystal Cruises Tosses a Life Line

In October, the SS United States Conservancy announced that it had retained the services of a broker to explore selling the SS United States for scrap. Prospects for the ship looked dire. In a dramatic reversal of fortune, Crystal Cruises has … Continue reading

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Remembering SS Dorchester & the Four Chaplains

On February 3, 1943, the troopship SS Dorchester was in a convoy bound for Greenland when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat. Of the 904 soldiers and crew aboard, 672 died. Among the dead were four US … Continue reading

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Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Brasil on Round the World Voyage

Hōkūleʻa, the Polynesian Voyaging Society double hull sailing canoe has arrived in Brasil, after a voyage across the Atlantic, continuing on its round the world voyage. Over the last 40 years, Hōkūleʻa has sailed over 150,000 across the Pacific.  In its … Continue reading

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Cards Against Humanity & Hawaii 2, the Maine Island

Hawaii 2 is an island in St. George lake, near the town of Liberty in Maine. It was known as Birch Island until it was renamed by its new owners, who purchased it in October 2014. The new owners are … Continue reading

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Ships of the Future Past — the Demise of Commerical Hovercraft

In the late 60s and early 70s, hovercraft ferries were the ships of the future. Hovercraft, flying on cushions of air, operated across the English Channel carrying passengers and cars at speeds of 40 to 60 knots. Some imagined that one-day hovercraft … Continue reading

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Mystery Longshoremen Walkout Briefly Shuts Down N.J. & N.Y. Piers

On Friday, more 4,000 longshoremen walked off the job shutting down piers and container terminals in New York and New Jersey. By Saturday, the most longshoreman had returned to work. Strangely, no one seems to know why the wildcat strike … Continue reading

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Celebrate Lilac at Maritime Mardi Gras

If you are in the New York area come help celebrate Lilac, America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender at a Maritime Mardi Gras fundraiser on Fat Tuesday, February 9th from 6 – 8 PM on 79 Walker Street on the 6th … Continue reading

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Two US Sailors Rescued Nine Times in Seven Months — “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Two American sailors, Bob Weise and Steve Shapiro, both 71, have been attempting to sail across the Atlantic from Norway to Maine in a 40′ gaff rigged sloop named Nora. They began the attempt last July and it has not … Continue reading

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Mystic Seaport : The Sabino Will Sail Again

Yesterday, we posted about the boiler problems on the historic steamer Sabino at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic CT. During a major restoration of the steamer, built in 1908, it was determined that the boiler will need to be … Continue reading

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Boiler Trouble on the Mystic Seaport Steamer Sabino

The steamer Sabino, built in 1908, has been a popular attraction at the Mystic Seaport Museum since 1974, offering boat rides on the Mystic River to an estimated 33,000 passengers yearly. The steamboat; which the museum bills as the oldest … Continue reading

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100 Year Difference — MS Allure of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

Numbers are fine but sometimes the best way to communicate scale is visually.  The image above is what it would have looked like if the largest passenger liner of roughly 100 years ago, RMS Titanic, was followed closely by the … Continue reading

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A Video for a Winter Sunday — Albin Nimbus 42 Sherry Dawn

Here on the west bank of the Hudson River, I spent most of the morning digging out from yesterday’s blizzard, which dumped around 30 inches of snow on us. So, it seems like a good time to think of sunshine … Continue reading

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El Niño — A Blizzard, Starving Seals & Yellow Bellied Sea Snakes

Anyone who may doubt that we live on a water planet or that what happens at sea has a huge impact for everyone, even those living far inland, need only look to this year’s El Niño . The US East … Continue reading

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USS Fort Worth — Another LCS Gear Breakdown

The sad saga of the Litoral Combat Ships (LCS) continues. The USS Fort Worth, the third Freedom Class LCS delivered, was testing its engines at dockside in Singapore and seriously damaged the ship’s combining gear. The LCS have both diesel and … Continue reading

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