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Donations Up for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Executive Director Resigns

We recently posted that the organization that operates the Hudson River sloop Clearwater was in serious financial trouble and had canceled its yearly music festival. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the executive director, Peter Gross, has resigned, citing “significant differences … Continue reading

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Will the SS United States Sail Again? Crystal Cruises Tosses a Life Line

In October, the SS United States Conservancy announced that it had retained the services of a broker to explore selling the SS United States for scrap. Prospects for the ship looked dire. In a dramatic reversal of fortune, Crystal Cruises has … Continue reading

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Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Brasil on Round the World Voyage

Hōkūleʻa, the Polynesian Voyaging Society double hull sailing canoe has arrived in Brasil, after a voyage across the Atlantic, continuing on its round the world voyage. Over the last 40 years, Hōkūleʻa has sailed over 150,000 across the Pacific.  In its … Continue reading

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Cards Against Humanity & Hawaii 2, the Maine Island

Hawaii 2 is an island in St. George lake, near the town of Liberty in Maine. It was known as Birch Island until it was renamed by its new owners, who purchased it in October 2014. The new owners are … Continue reading

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Ships of the Future Past — the Demise of Commerical Hovercraft

In the late 60s and early 70s, hovercraft ferries were the ships of the future. Hovercraft, flying on cushions of air, operated across the English Channel carrying passengers and cars at speeds of 40 to 60 knots. Some imagined that one-day hovercraft … Continue reading

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Mystery Longshoremen Walkout Briefly Shuts Down N.J. & N.Y. Piers

On Friday, more 4,000 longshoremen walked off the job shutting down piers and container terminals in New York and New Jersey. By Saturday, the most longshoreman had returned to work. Strangely, no one seems to know why the wildcat strike … Continue reading

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Celebrate Lilac at Maritime Mardi Gras

If you are in the New York area come help celebrate Lilac, America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender at a Maritime Mardi Gras fundraiser on Fat Tuesday, February 9th from 6 – 8 PM on 79 Walker Street on the 6th … Continue reading

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Mystic Seaport : The Sabino Will Sail Again

Yesterday, we posted about the boiler problems on the historic steamer Sabino at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic CT. During a major restoration of the steamer, built in 1908, it was determined that the boiler will need to be … Continue reading

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Boiler Trouble on the Mystic Seaport Steamer Sabino

The steamer Sabino, built in 1908, has been a popular attraction at the Mystic Seaport Museum since 1974, offering boat rides on the Mystic River to an estimated 33,000 passengers yearly. The steamboat; which the museum bills as the oldest … Continue reading

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100 Year Difference — MS Allure of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

Numbers are fine but sometimes the best way to communicate scale is visually.  The image above is what it would have looked like if the largest passenger liner of roughly 100 years ago, RMS Titanic, was followed closely by the … Continue reading

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A Video for a Winter Sunday — Albin Nimbus 42 Sherry Dawn

Here on the west bank of the Hudson River, I spent most of the morning digging out from yesterday’s blizzard, which dumped around 30 inches of snow on us. So, it seems like a good time to think of sunshine … Continue reading

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El Niño — A Blizzard, Starving Seals & Yellow Bellied Sea Snakes

Anyone who may doubt that we live on a water planet or that what happens at sea has a huge impact for everyone, even those living far inland, need only look to this year’s El Niño . The US East … Continue reading

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USS Fort Worth — Another LCS Gear Breakdown

The sad saga of the Litoral Combat Ships (LCS) continues. The USS Fort Worth, the third Freedom Class LCS delivered, was testing its engines at dockside in Singapore and seriously damaged the ship’s combining gear. The LCS have both diesel and … Continue reading

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Clearwater in “Deep Trouble” Financially, Cancels Summer Music Festival

Only days after hearing good news about funding for the Pride of Baltimore II, there is very grim news about the organization which operates the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. The Clearwater organization announced that it is facing deep financial problems … Continue reading

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Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race — The Offshore Classic That You May Never Have Heard Of

When I hear “Volvo Round ….” I immediately fill in the blank with “the World.” (OK, technically, the race is named the Volvo Ocean Race, not the Volvo Round the Word Race.)  I had never heard of the Volvo Round … Continue reading

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Maryland in $1.5 Million Partnership with Pride of Baltimore II

Tremendous news for a great ship. On Monday, Maryland’s Governor Hogan announced a $1.5 million private-public partnership with the replica Baltimore clipper, Pride of Baltimore II.  Under a new agreement, the state will commit the funds to Pride of Baltimore … Continue reading

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Manatees Swim Back From the Brink

When I was in high school in Florida in the 70s, the question was not “will the manatees become extinct?” but “how fast?”  The manatees appeared to be doomed by a loss of habitat, pollution, slow birth rates and being … Continue reading

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At 64, Rich Wilson Prepares to “Go Around Again” in the 2016-17 Vendee Globe

In 2009, Rich Wilson at 58 was the oldest sailor in the Vendee Globe non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race.  He finished ninth of the thirty boats which began the race. Wilson was the only American in the eleven finished. The Vendee … Continue reading

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Why Won’t “The Bermuda Triangle” Just Go Away?

The CBS news program “60 Minutes” recently did a report on the sinking of El Faro. Overall, they did a reasonably good job for a mainstream media report on shipping. There were a few minor glitches but overall, not a … Continue reading

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MH370 Search Locates 1800s Shipwreck

More than 80,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles) of the seafloor in the Indian Ocean west of Australia have been searched, looking for where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to have crashed with 239 people aboard in March 2014. So far, … Continue reading

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