Category Archives: Current

Farewell to Newtown Creek, New York’s Lovely “Honey Tanker”

The Newtown Creek was recently sold at auction. At 324′ long and 49.6′ wide, she is a lovely coastal tanker that traversed New York harbor’s waters for close to a half century.  For a vessel of her size and type, I always found … Continue reading

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Help Kitsap Maritime & Fiddler’s Dream — 110% Matching on May 5th

Last May we posted about the donation of the schooner 64’5″ Fiddler’s Dream to the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation.  The foundation’s mission is to celebrate the Puget Sound’s maritime heritage through exhibition, education, and helping people of all ages and abilities to … Continue reading

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Desperate Exodus Continues — 400 Migrants Feared Dead in Latest Capsize

An estimated 400 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean when their boat capsized, 24 hours after leaving Libya.  Approximately 145 people were rescued.  Italian authorities say that around 8,500 migrants had been rescued at sea between Friday and Monday alone.  Nearly 3,500 migrants … Continue reading

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Update: Gunboat’s New G4 Flying Cruiser!

In December we posted about a new 40′ carbon-fiber racing/cruising catamaran from Gunboat, the G4, that with the optional J foils could fly like an America’s Cup racer. Here now is a video of the G4 being put through the … Continue reading

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The Shantyman, Ice Islands and Climate Change

In my new novel, The Shantyman, the clipper ship Alhambra nearly collides with a massive ice island.  From Chapter Nine: In the forenoon watch came the cry, “Ice, dead ahead.” It was my watch below, but I jumped up with the rest … Continue reading

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Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship — Sailing on Water & Light

What should a ghost ship be made of? Why not water, wind and light? That is precisely what the designers at the Romanian Art collective Visual Skin used to create the Flying Dutchman, a glowing ghost ship anchored in front … Continue reading

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2011 Tsunami Derelict Drifts to Oregon with Live Yellowtail Jack in Hold

Given the recent discussion about where a derelict might drift in the Atlantic, here is an interesting news item from the Pacific. Four years after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami which hit Japan and washed an estimated 5 … Continue reading

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Discomfort on the USNS Comfort As it Deploys on Continuing Promise 2015

The hospital ship USNS Comfort recently deployed on a five month mission to Central and South America and the Caribbean. The ship will call on eleven nations in support of Continuing Promise 2015. The ship sailed with a new captain, the third, … Continue reading

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Help Keep Hawaiian Chieftain Afloat

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority of Washington State, owns and operates two tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. In the past five years they have introduced over 42,000 school children to tall ship sailing and program up and down the entire … Continue reading

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Derelicts Adrift — Angel & Fannie E Wolston

One of the more interesting questions about Louis Jordan’s ordeal is “why didn’t he drift farther north on the Gulf Stream?” Jordan was dismasted in his Alberg 35 sailboat, named Angel, somewhere off the North Carolina coast in January and … Continue reading

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The Truly Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

These days just about anything with a mast or two is called a “tall ship.”  Some are and many are not.  One ship that definitely qualifies is Rhode Island’s Oliver Hazard Perry.   A dedicated team of riggers has just about … Continue reading

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Louis Jordan — Drifting Sailor Update : Media Misreports Story, Now Reports that Skeptics Doubt Sailor

This would be funny, if it weren’t sad.  Last week the German container ship, Houston Express, picked up Louis Jordan, who had been drifting off Cape Hatteras for a reported 66 days in his dis-masted Alberg 35 sailboat, Angel.  The … Continue reading

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Frigate l’Hermione — Sea Trials 2014

In 1780, the French frigate, l’Hermione carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America with the news of French support for the American revolution. In the next month or so, the newly completed replica frigate l’Hermione will recreate that historic voyage. … Continue reading

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Louis Jordan, Sixty Six Days Adrift — What Really Happened?

Reading about sailing in the media is often like reading a mystery story. The question is not, however, “who done it?” but “what really happened?”  The reports of Louis Jordan who was found adrift in his disabled sailboat off Cape … Continue reading

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The Strange Saga of the Fake Pirate Ship, Liana’s Ransom — Rescue and Two Dismastings

On Monday, the US Coast Guard rescued nine crew members from the schooner, Liana’s Ransom, off the coast of Maine, after the schooner suffered engine failure and her sails became fouled. There are now reports that the schooner also lost … Continue reading

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Russian Trawler Dalniy Vostok Sinks Off Kamchatka — 56 Dead, 13 Missing

Dalniy Vostok, a Russian freezer trawler, has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Kamchatka peninsula. Of the 132 people aboard, 56 are reported to have died, while 13 remain missing. Sixty-three people were rescued.  The trawler sank quickly at around 06:30 local … Continue reading

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Hugo Vihlen & the Voyage of the April Fool

On April 1, often referred to as April Fool’s Day, it seems fitting to recount the voyage of Hugo Vihlen in his micro-yacht April Fool. In 1966, Hugo Vihlen sailed from Casablanca to Florida, aboard his 5’11” sailboat. In 84 … Continue reading

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Life at Sea | European Spirit

A short video providing a glimpse of life aboard TeeKay’s Aframax tanker European Spirit. Life at Sea | European Spirit

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New York Fleet Week May 20 — 26

From May 20 — May 26 an estimated 1,500 Navy sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will visit New York City in celebration of Fleet Week New York.  Which ships will participate and what events are planned for them have not yet been announced. … Continue reading

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Update: WHC Movie Night — MV Liemba

Last week we posted that the Working Harbor Committee is sponsoring the showing of a wonderful documentary on the MV Liemba, an ex-German warship, a minor movie star, and also, at one hundred years old, the world’s oldest passenger ferry in service. The documentary … Continue reading

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