Category Archives: Lore of the Sea

Working Harbor Committee Movie Night — MV Liemba

If you happen to be near New York City next Tuesday night, March 31st, be sure to stop by the Community Church to “take an epic journey down the longest lake in the world on Africa’s last surviving steamship…. the … Continue reading

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Lan Yu “Canoes”

We are very pleased to have a guest post from Joan Druett, who recently visited Taiwan. Joan is the multi-award winning author of more than 20 books, including her latest, Lady Castaways and Eleanor’s Odyssey. A priority for anyone from … Continue reading

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Commodore John Barry — the Other Father of the US Navy

This seems like a good day to celebrate birthdays.  So, happy birthday to Commodore John Barry, born on this day in 1745, in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland.  He is considered by many to be the “father of the United States Navy.”  But … Continue reading

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The Kelly Brothers — Starship Sailors, A Shared Mission to the Heavens and on the Ground

In January 2011, we posted about Mark and Scott Kelly, two “starship sailors” — identical twin brothers who both graduated from merchant marine academies and went on to be astronauts in the US space program. Now, Scott Kelley is about … Continue reading

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Will Prince Albert of Monaco Save Cousteau’s Calypso?

We posted recently that Jacques Cousteau’s famous research vessel, Calypso, might be in danger of being sold or scrapped.  The Calypso, however, may have a savior in Prince Albert II  of Monaco. After a long legal battle, a French court ordered Francine Cousteau, … Continue reading

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Star of India Tacking and Wearing

Maneuvering a square-rigged ship can be a highly choreographed performance requiring both skill and timing. Here is a well done video of the 1883 built Star of India tacking and wearing. Star of India tacking and wearing

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The Shantyman, Reviewed by David Hayes

David Hayes recently reviewed The Shantyman on his Historic Naval Fiction blog.  Reposted with permission. If you want to be taken to the deck of a clipper in the mountainous seas of a southern ocean gale, Rick Spilman is the … Continue reading

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Happy First Day of Spring — Equinox, Eclipse, Supermoon & Snowstorm

Happy first day of Spring! The arrival of the vernal equinox happens to coincide with a solar eclipse, as well as with a “supermoon,” and here on the west bank of the Hudson River, a snowstorm designated “Winter Storm Ultima.” … Continue reading

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Is Captain Mary Becker Greene Still Watching Out for the Delta Queen?

Some say that Captain Mary Becker Greene is still watching out for the riverboat Delta Queen. Captain “Ma” Greene served for almost sixty years as master and pilot of some of the finest steamboats on the inland rivers. She died in … Continue reading

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Will the Steamboat Delta Queen Sail Again?

Since 2008, the 1927 built sternwheel steamboat Delta Queen has been tied to a dock in Chattanooga, Tennessee, serving as a hotel.  Now, with luck and a considerable investment, the old steamboat may be returning to the rivers to carry passengers once … Continue reading

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Did Saint Brendan the Navigator Sail the Atlantic?

On this St. Patrick’s Day, it seems worthwhile to recall the story of another Irish saint, Brendan the Navigator, who is said to have sailed off on a seven year voyage across the Atlantic, from Ireland to the “Isle of the … Continue reading

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Shinano — WWII’s Largest Aircraft Carrier and the USS Archerfish

We recently posted about the discovery of the wreck of the Japanese battleship Musashi, in the Sibuyan Sea off the Phillipines. The Musashi was the second of the Yamato class of battleships, which were considered by many to be the largest … Continue reading

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Sailing A Sinking Sea, a Film about the Moken People

A trailer of Sailing A Sinking Sea, a feature length film by Olivia Wyatt which recently premiered at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.  It explores the lives of the Moken people, a small group of seafarers have kept their nomadic culture … Continue reading

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Cousteau’s Calypso in Peril

After a long legal battle, a French court has ordered Francine Cousteau, the second wife of the late Jacques Cousteau, to settle outstanding yard bills of €273,000 and remove the RV Calypso from a Brittany shipyard or the shipyard will … Continue reading

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Sick Seven Year Old Girl Rescued from Saint Helena

When Alaric Bond wrote of the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic in his novel, The Torrid Zone, set during  the Napoleanic wars, it was one of the most remote islands in the world. A recent rescue of … Continue reading

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Woman Dies and Two Are Injured After Boat Hit by Gray Whale

A Canadian woman was killed and two others were injured when a gray whale collided with their excursion boat off the resort city of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. One report said that the whale breached and landed on the boat filled … Continue reading

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A Vision to Save the South Street Seaport

The Howard Hughes Corporation, a real-estate firm based in Dallas, TX, is proposing a $1.5 billion redevelopment of the historic South Street Seaport in New York City. Their plan includes destroying several historic buildings and erecting a controversial 494-foot residential tower … Continue reading

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Team Vestas Wind on Cargados Carajos Shoals — Chartplotter Assisted Grounding

How did a crew of highly skilled professionals, sailing the $6 million Team Vestas Wind in the current Volvo Ocean Race, succeed in hitting the Cargados Carajos shoals, in the Indian Ocean off Mauritius at 16 knots on the night … Continue reading

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The $300K Grinder & Latest Team Oracle USA Lawsuit

Last Friday, the US District Court in San Francisco issued a warrant to seize Oracle Team USA’s prototype America’s Cup foiling multihull sail boat, in response to a lien filed by New Zealand sailor Joe Spooner, whose contract was terminated in … Continue reading

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The Downside of Tasting Shipwreck Beer and Wine

Back in 2010, archaeologists found 30 bottles of champagne thought to pre-date the French Revolution in a shipwreck on the Baltic seabed.  Remarkably, when a bottle of champagne was opened it was found to be drinkable.  At the time, some commented … Continue reading

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