Category Archives: Lore of the Sea

Congratualtions to Hōkūleʻa’s Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson

Congratulations to Nainoa Thompson who was honored recently with the 2017 Explorers Club Medal, the most prestigious recognition in exploration. The award was presented to Thompson at the 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner at Ellis Island in New York City. Thompson was recognized … Continue reading

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Giant Squid, Cocaine & the Footballer

Last week, Peruvian customs officials, in the port of Callo, found more than a tonne of cocaine in three shipping containers packed with filets of giant squid about to be loaded on board a ship bound for Belgium. The cocaine … Continue reading

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Alien Sailors, FRBs & LightSails

Theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have a intriguing idea as to what might be the nature of FRBs (fast radio bursts), an unexplained phenomenon first observed about ten years ago. FRBs are very short but incredibly powerful bursts of radio activity that … Continue reading

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Three Years Later, Raising the Sewol Ferry — the Tragedy Which Helped Bring Down Korea’s President

On April 16, 2014, the cargo/passenger ferry Sewol capsized off the southwestern coast of Korea. Of the 476 passengers and crew aboard, 304 died, the majority of which were high school students on a school field trip. Now, almost three … Continue reading

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Captain John Barry — the Other Father of the US Navy

This seems like a good day to celebrate birthdays.  A repost from two years ago. 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 … Continue reading

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Admiral Paul Zukunft & the State of the Coast Gaurd — Billion Dollar Drug Busts and Geriatric Cutters

We recently posted about a budget proposal by the current administration which would drastically cut the US Coast Guard’s budget. While the budget proposal is unlikely to survive in its current form, it does suggest a fundamental lack of an … Continue reading

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Update: Coast Guard Report — Kayaks & NYC Ferry Collision, Enough Blame to Go Around

On August 30, 2016, just before 6PM, a commuter ferry collided with a group of nine kayakers, shortly after departing from the NY Waterway terminal at 39th Street on the Hudson River in Manhattan. Four of the kayakers were injured included the … Continue reading

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First New Citywide Ferry Sets Sail For New York City

The first of twenty new ferryboats has begun the 1,700 mile voyage from the Gulf Coast to its new home in the waters of New York harbor.  The new ferry is the first of a new fleet of aluminum catamaran ferries to … Continue reading

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US Navy — Take Bribes, Reveal Secrets, Get Caught & Convicted, Keep Your Pension, For Now

Last June, Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau became the first active duty admiral in modern times to plead guilty to a felony. He will be sentenced next month and faces up to five years in Federal prison for charges related the … Continue reading

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Vendee Globe Racer Kito de Pavant’s Boat Hit Sperm Whale

Last December we posted — so far, of the original 29 competitors in the Vendee Globe singlehanded around the world race, 5 have been forced to retire after being damaged by collisions with UFOs, unidentified floating objects. One of the … Continue reading

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Museo Atlántico, Europe´s Only Underwater Sculpture Museum

In 2012, we posted about the Museo Subacuático de Arte, MUSA, an underwater museum of art between the islands of Isla Mujeres and Cancun. MUSA displays the sculpture of Jason deCaires Taylor. Now a new museum featuring Jason deCaires Taylor’s work has … Continue reading

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PT-305, U.S.S. Sudden Jerk, Comes Roaring Back, Sudden Jerks and All

The National WWII Museum has fully restored PT-305 and is putting her back in service on Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain. PT-305, nicknamed U.S.S. Sudden Jerk, is the only surviving fully-operational patrol torpedo boat to have seen combat in World War II. … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Super-Pods?

Strange and interesting doings in the world of humpback whales. Over the past few years, scientists have observed large numbers of humpback whales feeding together off the southwestern tip of South Africa between St. Helena Bay and Cape Point. While … Continue reading

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Remembering the MS St. Louis and the “Voyage of the Damned”

Given the current heated debate over immigration and refugees, this seems like a good time to remember the consequences of when the United States slammed the door on refugees. On Throwback Thursday, here is a revised and updated post from … Continue reading

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Admiral & Eight Officers Arrested in “Fat Leonard” Sex for Secrets Scandal

A retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and eight other high-ranking Navy officers were arrested on Tuesday on charges of accepting luxury travel, elaborate dinners and services of prostitutes from foreign defense contractor “Fat Leonard” Francis, the former CEO of Glenn … Continue reading

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Schooner Kirk and Sweeney — the Rum-Runner Behind the Rum

A March snowstorm has descended on the banks of the Hudson River. To be ready for all contingencies, I went out and purchased a decent bottle of rum. One can never be too prepared. I chose a 12 year old Dominican rum, … Continue reading

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Maiden Voyage for Boaty McBoatface, the Yellow Submarine

Having successfully completed sea trials, the new yellow submarine Boaty McBoatface is about to be deployed on its maiden voyage, on a research expedition to some of the the deepest, coldest waters on earth.  Boaty McBoatface is one of three autonomous underwater … Continue reading

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Chris Bertish — First Person to Cross Atlantic by Paddleboard

On Thursday, South African Chris Bertish paddled his ocean-going stand-up paddleboard into Antiqua’s English Harbor becoming the first person to cross the Atlantic by stand-up paddleboard. He left Agadir, Morocco, 93 days ago, on the epic 4,050-mile voyage.  Bertish was wholly unassisted … Continue reading

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Collapse of Malta’s Azure Window

The Azure Window is no more. The iconic limestone arch on the island of Gozo in Malta was destroyed in a winter storm on March 8th. The 92′ high arch, a product of the erosion and collapse of two sea caves, … Continue reading

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Jewel of Muscat — 9th Century Dhow Inspired by Tang Shipwreck

We recently posted about a new exhibit at New York City’s Asia Society featuring artifacts from the wreck of an Arab dhow which sank with a veritable treasure trove of Tang Dynasty goods off Indonesia’s Belitung Island in the 9th … Continue reading

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