Category Archives: Current

Carnival’s Fathom Adonia Docks in Havanna, Cuba

After more than a half-century, American cruise passengers have returned to Cuba. Carnival Corporation’s MV Adonia docked in Havanna, Cuba today carrying hundreds of Americans including a few dozen Cuban-born Americans returning to the island for the first time in … Continue reading

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Draken Harald Hårfagre — First Day at Sea and Detour to Lerwick

The Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest Viking longship in the world, is on her way, hopscotching across the Atlantic, to raid and plunder visit the United States this summer.  After departing Haugesund, Norway and sailing for a day at sea, the longship … Continue reading

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Missing Boys’ Boat Found, Restarting Tragic Family Saga

A 19-foot boat, which has been missing since last July, has been recovered in the Atlantic, restarting the saga of two families’ tragedy involving their two missing sons, lawyers, lawsuits, and suggestions of abduction and foul play. On Friday, July … Continue reading

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Charting by ASV

Here is an interesting video about how NOAA is using Automated Surface Vehicles (ASVs) to map the bottom in areas where larger survey craft cannot go.  They are essentially drone boats used to update NOAA’s publicly available nautical charts.

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New York’s Working Harbor Committee Seeking Executive Director

Last year, John Doswell, the Executive Director of  New York’s Working Harbor Committee, died after a long illness. The Committee is now seeking an Executive Director to continue the great work that John and his colleagues have undertaken. For those interested, click … Continue reading

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NTSB Locates El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that “cargo ship El Faro’s voyage data recorder was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles (36 nautical miles) northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, by a … Continue reading

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“Bubble Man” Reza Baluchi Tries Again — Coast Guard Says ‘No’

“Bubble Man” Reza Baluchi is at it again, but this time, the Coast Guard told him to turn around not far from shore  before putting himself or others in danger. After warning him not to leave port without a support vessel, the US … Continue reading

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Sinking of MV Cemfjord with Loss of Eight Entirely Avoidable

In January of 2015, we posted about the capsize and sinking of the Cyprus-registered cement carrier MV Cemfjord while attempting to navigate the Pentland Firth in extremely rough weather. Eight officers and crew aboard died in the sinking. The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation … Continue reading

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“Boaty McBoatface” Wins in a Landslide & No, That Won’t be the Ship’s Name

We previously posted about how the British Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) was asking for suggestions for a name for the new polar research ship, currently under construction at Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead. The suggestion period ended on April 16th … Continue reading

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Search Resumes for El Faro Black Box in Very, Very Deep Water

Last November, we posted that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had ended its search for the El Faro‘s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), the so-called “black box,” which might have provided answers to questions about the sinking of the 790-foot … Continue reading

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US Sailor Rescued 9 Times Sells Sloop Nora

Steve Shapiro’s frequently rescued sailboat Nora, has been sold. In January, we posted about a pair of American sailors who had been rescued nine times in sailing from Norwalk to Cornwell in the UK on a 40′ gaff rigged sloop named Nora. … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: New York Harbor Tugs — Then & Now

When I arrived in New York back in the mid-70s, a vast fleet of tugs swarmed across the harbor like so many water beetles.  Most kept busy assisting ships in docking. Now there are fewer but larger ships, many with … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Racing Returns to New York, May 7 – 8th

In early May, America’s Cup racing will return to New York City for the first time since 1920. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta, one of a series of warm-up races sailed in AC 45s, 45′ foiling catamarans, … Continue reading

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German WWI Destroyers V44 & V82 Lost and Now Found in Portsmouth Harbor

British archeologists have located the wrecks of two German destroyers, V44  and V82, from World War I in an unlikely location — on the tidal mudflats near Whale Island in the eastern part of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the Brittany Ferries … Continue reading

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Xenoturbella, the Mighty Purple Sock of the Sea

For the last sixty years or so, scientists have been puzzled how to classify the xenoturbella, a mysterious sea creature which resembles a purple sock. The xenoturbella has no brains, guts or even eyes. It only has a gaping mouth … Continue reading

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Methane Bubbles — Latest Bermuda Triangle Silliness Sweeps the Internet

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Peter Stanford, South Street Seaport Museum Founder, Dies at 89

Peter Stanford, an icon of maritime historical preservation in the United States, died yesterday at the age of 89. In 1967, Peter and his wife Norma founded the South Street Seaport Museum on New York City’s East River waterfront. Peter Stanford … Continue reading

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Lost US Navy Tug USS Conestoga Discovered After 95 Years

On March 25th, 1921, the US Navy ocean-going tug, USS Conestoga, with a coal barge in tow, steamed out of Mare Island, California, bound for Tutuila, American Samoa, by way of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tug, barge and crew disappeared. … Continue reading

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Forget the Cloud, The Internet is Beneath the Sea! — The Russian Threat

In describing the internet, people often talk of “the cloud.”  We connect through over an ethernet, where ether is an archaic term from the Latin aethēr ‎meaning “the upper pure, bright air.”  But as they say in Brooklyn, fuhgeddaboutit! Most … Continue reading

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Summer Programs on the Schooner Sultana

It is a huge challenge to build, operate, maintain and fund a historic sailing vessel, not to mention providing great educational programming to deck loads of school kids. The Sultana Educational Foundation of Chestertown, MD does a great job on the … Continue reading

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