Category Archives: Current

Congratulations to the Schooner Spirit of South Carolina and All Who Sail Her!

Congratulations to the schooner Spirit of South Carolina and all who sail and support her! After languishing for years, the schooner has new owners, a new captain and officers and was recently re-certified to carry passengers by the US Coast … Continue reading

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Freed From the Vultures, Argentine Tallship Libertad Sails Again

After being tied to the dock for several years, the ARA Libertad, the Argentine Navy’s training ship, is sailing again. For the last three years, the ship has been entangled in a more than decade long battle over Argentine debt related … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the America 2.0 — Replica, Hybrid or High-Tech Schooner?

Classic Harbor Line‘s schooner America 2.0 is a fascinating design. Designed and built by the Scarano brothers and delivered in 2011, the boat is, notionally, a replica of the schooner yacht America of 1851, after which the famous America’s Cup was … Continue reading

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State of Hawaii Evicts Falls of Clyde

In May 2015, we posted that the State of Hawaii has put the Friends of Falls of Clyde, the organization responsible for rescuing the historic ship of the same name, on notice that the state planned to terminate the permit … Continue reading

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Guirec Soudee & Monique — a Sailor & His Chicken

Guirec Soudée, a 24 year old sailor, has spent the last two years sailing the globe with a female chicken named Monique.  Soudée began the cruise in the Canary Islands in May 2014, sailing to St. Barts in the Caribbean and … Continue reading

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Last Oil Company Abandons Arctic Drilling

Last week, Repsol, the last of a group oil companies which had invested billions of dollars in Arctic drilling rights in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, abandoned its leases and sailed away. The Spanish drilling company gave up 55 leases and plans … Continue reading

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Defending New York Harbor — Photography on Historic Cutter Lilac

Defending New York Harbor: The City’s Waterfront Forts is an exhibit of photographs by Richard W. Golden which documents the fortifications that protectively ring New York Harbor. It is on view at the historic Cutter Lilac through July 31st during regular … Continue reading

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The Last Voyage of RMS St Helena & Oh, About That Airport…

The RMS St Helena, the last true Royal Mail Ship, recently departed from the UK on its final voyage for its namesake island.  St. Helena, which lies around 1,150 miles off the coast of Angola in the South Atlantic, is the most … Continue reading

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Return to the Gowanus Canal on the Gowanus Bay Hidden Harbor Tour

I am looking forward to going the Working Harbor Committee’s Hidden Harbor Tour of Gowanus Bay.  It will be lead by Captain Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Waterfront Alliance & Joseph Alexiou, tour guide and author of “Gowanus Brooklyn’s Curious Canal”  and will … Continue reading

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The Swedish East Indiaman Götheborg for Sale

Sad news. The Götheborg, a replica of an 18th-century Swedish East Indiaman, is for sale. The Ostindiefararen Götheborg Foundation which owns the ship says it can no longer afford to run the replica, which is one of the world’s largest operational wooden sailing … Continue reading

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry: America’s Newest Tall Ship Looking for Deckhands

This sounds like a great opportunity for licensed deckhands.  The Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry is looking for crew.  From their recent announcement: Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is seeking to hire licensed deckhands for its brand new 200-foot … Continue reading

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UK Frigates & Russian Submarines — Increasing Challenges & Too Few Ships

Naval ships are very expensive to build and operate and in the best of all possible worlds would never be used.  Nevertheless, they exist for a purpose.  Recently, while taking part in commemorations for the Battle of Jutland centenary, HMS Kent intercepted … Continue reading

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Happy World Oceans Day! A Day to Mourn, to Celebrate or Both?

I am never sure what to make of the yearly “World Oceans Day.” On a world where 71% of the globe is covered by oceans and where oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet, shouldn’t every day be … Continue reading

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Headstone To Honor Legendary Naval Architect John W. Griffiths

On Saturday, July 23rd, the National Maritime Historical Society will unveil a headstone at the previously unmarked grave of legendary naval architect John W. Griffiths. The ceremony will take place in Queens at the Linden Hill United Methodist Cemetery at … Continue reading

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Hōkūleʻa in North Cove — Palm Trees and Stormy Skies

The Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa was officially welcomed to New York yesterday morning in ceremonies in North Cove on the Hudson River. The voyaging canoe and her crew, in the third year of an epic voyage around the world, were greeted … Continue reading

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University of Strathclyde Wins First Place for Safe Affordable Ferry Design

The UK’s University of Strathclyde won the top prize in the third Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry. The $5,0000 USD award for the design was presented by Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Asia Pacific chief of the … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day on Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac June 8

The historic lighthouse tender Lilac is hosting a literary salon to celebrate World Oceans Day. From their press release: One Grand Books has organized a literary evening on board the museum ship Lilac to mark World Oceans Day, a global … Continue reading

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Hōkūleʻa — the Big Canoe in the Big Apple

Continuing her epic voyage around the globe, the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa will officially make her arrival in New York harbor on Sunday, June 5th. She will dock at North Cove Marina in Manhattan on the Hudson River at 9:00 a.m., followed by … Continue reading

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Soul of the Sea: Immersive Dance at Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac

A very interesting program coming up on the historic lighthouse tender ex-USCGC Lilac at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. From their press release: Linked Dance Theatre will stage “Soul of the Sea,” a site-specific immersive dance performance … Continue reading

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On the 100th Anniversary — Jellicoe & the Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland, which was fought 100 years ago today, was one of the greatest modern sea battles and arguably, changed the course of World War I.  In the battle, 250 ships, manned by 10,000 sailors fought for 12 … Continue reading

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