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Navy Testing Ship to Ship Texting with Signal Lamps

In 1867, Royal Navy Captain, and later Admiral, Philip Colomb, worked out a system to send signals by a code of dots and dashed using signal lamps. Since then, navies around the world have used only slightly improved versions of signal lamps … Continue reading

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Combi-Dock III Sailing from New York Harbor Carrying Windjammer Peking

The ship was just a silhouette in the haze as we sailed into New York harbor. We were on the last leg of the delivery of my new/old sailboat Arcturus from southern Virginia to Oyster Bay, Long Island.  The ship … Continue reading

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USNS Lewis B. Puller, First Expeditionary Sea Base on Maiden Deployment

The USNS Lewis B. Puller has sailed from Norfolk on its maiden voyage as an expeditionary sea base supporting the U.S. Fifth Fleet.  The Puller is the first of two expeditionary sea bases. A sister vessel, the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams  is expected … Continue reading

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Orcas Acting Strangely, Part 2 — Stalking and Stealing Fishermen’s Catch in the Bering Sea

Since at least the 1960s there have been reports of orcas, also known as killer whales, stealing fish, particularly halibut, caught by fishing boats operating in the Bering Sea. Recently, the problem seems to be getting much worse. The Alaska Dispatch … Continue reading

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Orcas Acting Strangely, Part 1 — Dissecting Great White Sharks

Along the shore of South Africa, at least four great white sharks have washed ashore with their livers almost surgically removed.  Two were also missing their hearts.  The culprit appears not to be human. All indications seem to suggest that … Continue reading

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In Honor of the Peking — Rolling Home to Dear Old Hamborg

In honor of the windjammer Peking, on her way home to Hamburg to be restored and refurbished — here is a fine old sea shanty — “Rolling Home to Dear Old Hamborg.”  We can only hope that the 106 year … Continue reading

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Fisherman Killed by a Right Whale, US Suspends Rescue Program Temporarily

Last week, Joe Howlett, 59, a Canadian fisherman and a founder of Campobello Whale Rescue, died after rescuing a North Atlantic right whale, which was entangled in fishing nets off the coast of New Brunswick.  Howlett was apparently struck by the … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking Loaded on Combi Dock II for Voyage Home

On an overcast Friday in New York’s inner harbor, the windjammer Peking, was gently slipped into the flooded well deck of the heavy-lift ship Combi Dock III.  Once in position, the heavy-lift’s ballast tanks were pumped out, lifting the historic … Continue reading

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2017 Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival

Some 400 divers and snorkelers rocked-out to a unique sub-sea concert that promoted reef protection on part of the world’s third-largest living coral barrier reef last Saturday.  The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival took place at Looe Key Reef, an … Continue reading

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Beach Goers Form Human Chain to Rescue Family Caught in Rip-Current

Rip currents can be treacherous. Last Saturday, ten swimmers — six members of a single family, four adults and two boys — and four others, were carried out into the Gulf of Mexico by a rip-current off Panama City Beach in … Continue reading

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Larsen C Iceberg Calves — Trillion Tons of Ice, the Size of Delaware

For months we have been watching a vast crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice-shelf in the Weddell Sea.  Today, a huge block of ice calved from the ice-sheet, forming one of the largest icebergs in recorded history. The new Larsen … Continue reading

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Mysterious Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast

In the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Alabama, divers have discovered an underwater forest rising out of the sediment, 60 feet below the surface. Ben Raines — an environmental reporter for the Mobile Press Register, told the Washington … Continue reading

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NYC City of Water Day, July 15th

This year’s City of Water Day hosted, by the Waterfront Alliance, will take place Saturday, July 15th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Governors Island in New York harbor as well as at neighborhood sites across the harbor. There will … Continue reading

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Keels in the Air at Équihen Plage — the Village of Overturned Boat-Houses

Équihen Plage is a village on the Opal Coast, along the English Channel, in Pas-de-Calais, France. Until the early 20th century, it was a fishing village. Lacking a harbor, the fishing boats would be run aground on each tide and … Continue reading

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Cyber-Security at Sea — XP on Carriers, Hacking Tridents & Spoofing GPS

Originally posted on gCaptain. Reposted with permission. When reporters were recently being given tours of the Royal Navy’s new “supercarrier,” HMS Queen Elizabeth, some were surprized to see a distinctive logo on several computer screens on the bridge and in … Continue reading

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Return of the Steamer Sabino at Mystic Seaport

In January 2016, we posted about how during a major restoration of the 1908 coal-fired steamer Sabino at the Mystic Seaport Museum, it was determined that the boiler was beyond repair and would need to be replaced. Now with new decking … Continue reading

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Keels Falling Off — How Many More Sailors Will Die?

We posted yesterday about the death of Dutch yacht designer Frans Maas and two of his crew when the fin keel broke off from Capella, a boat he designed and owned. The boat capsized without warning and the three sailors … Continue reading

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Guest Post : Falls of Clyde – 2017 Update

A guest post by Susan Yamamoto from her new and wonderful blog, Maritime Hawai‘i, on the latest developments to help save the four masted sailing ship, Falls of Clyde.   David O’Neill is leading the ‎Save The Tall Ship Falls of … Continue reading

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Of Stinky Sea Monsters, Alien Space Balls & Dead Whales

Every now and then, the stories of sea monsters take a physical form when a huge, decaying carcass of what appears to be a monster from the deep washes ashore. Such a creature came ashore on Seram Island in Indonesia’s … Continue reading

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The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport

A wonderful video promoting the Mystic Seaport Museum‘s Annual WoodenBoat Show, which began yesterday and runs through Sunday, July 2nd. There are more than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type on display on the historic museum waterfront. … Continue reading

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