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HMS Hood’s Bell Rings Again, 75 Years After Being Sunk by the Bismark

On May 24, 1941, the battlecruiser HMS Hood  exploded after being struck by several shells from the German battleship Bismark during the Battle of Denmark Strait. The Hood sank within three minutes with the loss of 1,415 sailors, all but three of her crew; … Continue reading

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New York Fleet Week May 25 – 31, 2016

Starting Wednesday this week, the fleet will be in town, well part of it anyway, to celebrate the 28th observance of Fleet Week New York.  Eight Navy warships, two Coast Guard cutters, and a Marine expeditionary unit will converge on the harbor. … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

When I first came to New York in the last quarter of the last century, I went to work for Moore-McCormack Lines, which had a terminal in Brooklyn on the Gowanus Canal. For better or worse, the Brooklyn waterfront has … Continue reading

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A Virtual Visit to the Republic of Null Island — “Like No Place on Earth”

The website for the Republic of Null Island reads: “Welcome to Null Island! The Republic of Null Island is one of the smallest and least-visited nations on Earth. Situated where the Prime Meridian crosses the Equator, Null Island sits 1600 … Continue reading

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The Enginnering to Re-Support HMS Victory

Last week we made a post with the headline, HMS Victory ‘Collapsing’ Under Her Own Weight.  The headline was alarmist at best.  (We borrowed it from the BBC, but that is no excuse.)  The historic ship will, of course, not be … Continue reading

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A Tombstone for Titanic Hero Robert John Hopkins in Jersey City

Robert John Hopkins was one of the lesser-known heroes on the Titanic. He died in 1943 at the age of 77 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Holy Name Cemetery, in Jersey City, NJ.  Last Saturday, his descendants gathered … Continue reading

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Celebrating Oysters in Brooklyn & Newport

Next week is a great week for oysters if you are in the Northeast. Next Thursday is the Billion Oyster Party in Brooklyn, NY, while on Friday, the Newport Oyster Festival will be kicked off with an Opening Night Party at … Continue reading

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Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race — From 40 to 8 Days

The finishers in the 2016 Transat bakerly single-handed trans-Atlantic race are now arriving in Brooklyn. This year’s winner, Francois Gabart on the 100′ trimaran MACIF, crossed the finish line on Wednesday, in the near record time of 8 days, 8 hours, 54-minutes and 39-seconds.  The Transat … Continue reading

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“Ghost Ship” Tamaya Washes up on Liberian Beach

On May 4th, the 1441 DWT Panamanian registered product tanker Tamaya 1 drifted ashore on a remote beach in Liberia near Robertsport, with no crew aboard. There appears to have been a fire in the ship’s deckhouse and one of two lifeboats … Continue reading

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On Friday the 13th, the Unlikely Story of HMS Friday

Sailors have long considered Friday to be an unlucky day and Friday the 13th, particularly so. On this Friday the 13th, it seems appropriate to remember the unlikely tale of HMS Friday. Sometime in the 1800s, it is said that … Continue reading

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HMS Victory ‘Collapsing’ Under Her Own Weight

This week the BBC reported: Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory ‘collapsing’ under own weight.  Sadly, this is not a new story. Five years ago we posted about an extremely similar account in the Telegraph: HMS Victory rotting and being pulled apart under … Continue reading

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Schooner A.J. Meerwald Crew Rescues Jet Skier in Delaware River

The crew aboard the schooner A.J. Meerwald had just finished a Saturday evening sail on the Delaware River near Trenton, NJ when they heard screams at around 7PM. They immediately launched a boat and headed in the direction of the screams … Continue reading

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HMS Illustrious, UK’s Only Working Aircraft Carrier, Bound for Scrapyard

HMS Illustrious, the UK’s only working aircraft carrier and the last surviving ship from the Falklands War is to be scrapped.  The 689 ft-long 22,000-tonne Invincible-class aircraft carrier traveled close to one million sea miles in her 32-year career with the Royal … Continue reading

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America’s Cup NYC — Technology, the Wind, and the River

Sailing is all about technology and has been ever since the first sailor spread a stretched an animal skin as a sail. The America’s Cup, however, is far more technological than most sailing by a large measure. This thought occurred … Continue reading

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The Nautical Bulwer-Lytton Winners

I am a huge fan of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. The contest is a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. If you are not acquainted with Edward Bulwer-Lytton, he … Continue reading

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Scheduling & Sailing the America’s Cup on an Uncooperative River

This afternoon, the Americas’ Cup will return to New York.  Well, not the cup itself, and the races aren’t for the cup either. They are qualifying races for the big races next year. But they will be raced on super-fast AC45 … Continue reading

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Polar Ship “Boaty McBoatface” to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough

It is official. The polar research ship formerly known as Boaty McBoatface will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough.  Despite an overwhelming number of suggestions that the UK’s new polar research ship be named Boaty McBoatface, the ship will be named after the … Continue reading

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HMS Caroline, Last Jutland Survivor, Restored in Time for Centenial

HMS Caroline, a decommissioned Royal Navy C-class light cruiser, is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, and one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War. Now in Belfast, she has undergone a many … Continue reading

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Ship Traffic as Seen From Space

Here is an animation of global ship traffic as seen from space. Mesmerizing and beautiful. Global ship traffic seen from space – FleetMon Satellite AIS and FleetMon Explorer Two thoughts immediately come to mind.

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Media Announces Discovery of Cook’s HMS Endeavour — Again

The news has been full of announcements about the discovery of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour by the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) near the harbor at Newport, Rhode, Island. Much of the reporting has been somewhat confused. The Daily Mail, for … Continue reading

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