Category Archives: Current

Fleet Week 2015 in New York Harbor

Fleet Week 2015 kicked off with with a parade of three U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy yard patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters. More than 1,800 servicemen and women are participating, and activities and events will … Continue reading

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Restoring the Wavertree 2015

If you are in the neighborhood tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:30PM, you may wish to stop by the “bon-voyage” party on Pier 17 in New York’s South Street Seaport for the Wavertree, as she slips her lines and is … Continue reading

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USS Constitution Shifts to Drydock

Last night, the USS Constitution was shifted to Dry Dock #1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be undergoing a three year refurbishment. USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” entered service in the U.S. Navy on … Continue reading

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Lilac Arts Launching Tuesday, May 19, on ex-USCG Cutter Lilac

If you are near New York harbor tomorrow be sure to stop by from 6 — 9 PM, for a reception to launch the LILAC Art Series on the historic ex-Coast Guard Cutter Lilac.  The LILAC Art Series is a three month art exhibition by 25 … Continue reading

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“Paddle in Seattle” Protests Around Shell’s Polar Pioneer — Saying “Shell-No” to Arctic Drilling

Just over a week ago, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management granted conditional approval for Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic. Last Thursday, the Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling rig, owned … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Beluga Whales in Narragansset Bay

Almost a week ago, three beluga whales were spotted in Rhode Island’s Narraganset Bay. Normally the white whales would be expected to stay much farther north.  Teams of scientists from the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration watched video of … Continue reading

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12,000 Visitors to STV Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport

From May 9th through 13th, Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the US, was host to 12,000 visitors during the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport, RI.  The contrast between the new tall ship and the … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch

Last November, we posted about the restoration of the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, by its new owners, Noah and Jane Barnes at the Lyman Morse Boatbuilders yard in Thomaston. Here is a short article and video about the rather extensive rebuilding of the … Continue reading

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U.S.C.G. Cutter Lilac Re-Opens May 19th with Lilac Arts Series

The U.S.C.G. Cutter Lilac, America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender, is reopening on May 19th at her berth on Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at West Street and N. Moore Street in New York. This season, the historic ship will host … Continue reading

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Swedish Singing Sailor to Russian Subs — ‘This Way if You Are Gay’

In the general category of “you can’t make this stuff up,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS), a group dedicated to the study and promotion of peace, released details of their “Singing Sailor Campaign.” Last October, we posted about a … Continue reading

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Diving Pigs Join Dock Dogs and Diving Horses

A few years ago, we posted about a new competitive sport in which dogs compete by jumping off docks. Apparently, the competitions are continuing. The DockDogs website describes it as the “The World’s Premier Canine Aquatics Competition.” As no other canine … Continue reading

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The End of Falls of Clyde? Too Many Broken Promises?

The State of Hawaii has notified the Friends of Falls of Clyde, the organization responsible for rescuing the historic ship of the same name, that the state plans to terminate its permit which allows the ship to be docked for free.  “They … Continue reading

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Sailors’ Tattoos on Mother’s Day

Sailors choose their tattoos for various reasons. Among the most popular sailor tattoos are anchors, hearts and swallows.  Not infrequently, “Mom” also made an appearance as a reminder of loved ones and home.  On Mother’s Day it seems appropriate to … Continue reading

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How Does an Octopus Keep Track of Eight Arms?

The octopus is an amazing creature, the most intelligent and agile of all invertebrates. A look at new research on how they keep track of their eight arms. Smart Arms Control the Potential Chaos of Octopus Movement

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Update: Iran Reported to Release Container Ship Maersk Tigris

Iran is reporting that it has released the container ship Maersk Tigris.  The ship had been seized on April 28th as it transited the Strait of Hormuz. Neither Maersk Line, which is the ship’s charterer, nor Rickmers Shipmanagement, which manages the … Continue reading

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Does Iran Have Any Conceivable Case for Seizing the Maersk Tigris?

Does Iran have any conceivable case for seizing the Maersk Tigris?  The short answer is “no.” The slightly longer answer might be “absolutely not” or “under no circumstances.” Iran is claiming a decade old cargo dispute as the basis for … Continue reading

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A Message for Prince George from HMS Lancaster

Sailors stand on the flight deck of the HMS Lancaster, known as the “Queen’s Frigate,” in a special congratulatory message to Prince George, passing on the news that he now has a sister.

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Lending Club 2 Shatters Newport to Bermuda Speed Record

On April 20th, the 105′ trimaran Lending Club 2  sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda in an amazing 23 hours,  9 minutes and 52 seconds, beating the previous record by a 15 hours. Lending Club 2 sailed the 635-nautical mile passage at an average … Continue reading

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International Scurvy Awareness Day — Really?

Once again, May 2nd is International Scurvy Awareness Day! The festivities appear to be sponsored by a group calling itself Lime Strong. I am not sure whether this is an individual or a marketing arm for lime growers. Nevertheless, there … Continue reading

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Was a Kayaking “Accident” Really Murder on the Hudson?

At first, it sounded like a tragic story with a very predictable moral.  A 46 year old male kayaker capsized, while not wearing a lifejacket, and was believed to have drowned. His 36 year old female paddling partner, who was wearing … Continue reading

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