Category Archives: Lore of the Sea

The Tragic Sinking of the SS Cap Arcona, 5,000 Concentration Camp Prisoners Killed

On this day, 72 years ago, May 3, 1945, the German liner SS Cap Arcona, serving as a prison ship, was sunk by Royal Air Force  fighter bombers in the Baltic Sea. Almost 5,000 prisoners from Nazi concentration camps who were being transported … Continue reading

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Surfer Found Alive 13 Miles Off UK Coast After 32 Hours at Sea

A surfer, who had been swept out to sea while surfing off the Argyll coast of Scotland, was rescued by the Belfast Coast Guard after 32 hours at sea. Matthew Bryce, 22, was reported missing by his family when he … Continue reading

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Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre Seeks Maintenance Volunteers at Mystic, CT

Next weekend, the Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre is seeking volunteers to help maintain the ship before it sets sails again this summer. Or as they put it, “Spring is here, and the Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre needs some extra … Continue reading

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Opening Oysters with a Marlinspike at the Deltaville Oyster Roast

In the past year and a half, I have spent far more time in a boatyard in Deltaville, VA on the Rappahannock River than I would have imagined or intended. While I have not necessarily had great luck with repairs … Continue reading

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Chummy Rich – Maine Boat Builder

Here is a fascinating video showing the construction of a traditional cruiser built by a master boat builder and his crew. Chummy Rich is a fifth generation boat builder from Bernard, Maine. Like his forebears going back to the 1800’s, he … Continue reading

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The Hyper-Sub — Speedboat & Submarine

The most common response to the Hyper-Sub is that it looks like something from a James Bond movie. The decidedly strange hybrid craft is a high-speed long-range speedboat which can also turn into a submarine. The craft has a capacity for … Continue reading

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Will Combi Dock 1 Take Windjammer Peking Home to Hamburg?

In early April, the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reported that the heavy-lift ship Combi Dock 1 will carry windjammer Peking home to Germany to restored in its original home-port of Hamburg for restoration. Last Friday, Will Van Dorp posted photos on his Tugster … Continue reading

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In Newfoundland’s Iceberg Alley, Bergs Threaten Ships & Attract Torusits

Hundreds of icebergs have drifted into major shipping lanes off Newfoundland, forcing ships to go far out of their way to steer clear of the massive ice mountains. “It’s the only place in the world where icebergs intersect in a … Continue reading

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Sloop Clearwater Sailing to Washington to Fight for Clean Water

The sloop Clearwater has been sailing since 1969, spreading a message of caring for the environment and for restoring clean water to our rivers, streams and oceans. Now that clean water is again under attack by the new administration, the … Continue reading

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NYC’s South Street Seaport Museum Kicks off 50th Year!

New York can be a tough town. Despite rough and tumble struggles over real estate, the vagaries of city politics, economic downturns, and not the least, being struck head-on my a monster hurricane which sent a 10′ storm surge through its … Continue reading

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Happy 85th Birthday Schooner Brilliant!

Happy birthday to Mystic Seaport‘s schooner Brilliant! On April 23, 1932, the 61′ schooner was launched from the yard of Henry B. Nevins at City Island, New York. Now 85 years later, she is still sailing and still a beauty. … Continue reading

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Songs of Snug Harbor Sailors Release Concert

If you are near New York harbor tomorrow and have the chance, head on over to the The Noble Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center between 2 PM and 5 PM tomorrow, April 22, for a free concert celebrating the … Continue reading

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Arlene — Only Second Named April Tropical Storm in History

Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the mid-Atlantic between Bermuda and the Azores, becoming only the second named tropical storm in history to form in the month of April. The only previous tropical to form so early was Anna in … Continue reading

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Three Ships Which Changed the World — Red Jacket, Rainbow and Great Britain

If you are in Manhattan next Monday night, April 24, feel free to stop by the meeting of the New York Ship Lore and Model Club. Stephen Hopkins and I will be giving a joint presentation on three remarkable ships. … Continue reading

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Prepared Crew on Charter Boat Stardust Rescues Dumb Kayakers

I guess if you are going to be stupid, it is also good to be lucky. A few days ago, two kayakers, a man and a woman, paddled out several miles into the Pacific ocean off Goleta, CA, 15 miles … Continue reading

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Report on Clipper Round the World Race Deaths Released

The Clipper Round the World Race is a race around the world held every two years sailed with a professional captain and paying amateur crews. In nine races starting in 1996, the contests were sailed without loss of life. That tragically changed … Continue reading

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Anti-Sea Sickness Glasses?

Charles Darwin once wrote, “If it was not for sea-sickness, the whole world would be sailors.” Some of us are more susceptible to mal de mer than others. Apparently, Darwin was very prone to sea sickness. From my own experience, I … Continue reading

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Granny is Dead — Starving Orcas in the Northwest & Antarctic

Granny is dead. In August of last year, we posted Orca “Granny,” 105 Years Old, Still Swimming the Pacific about the oldest member of  the ” J” pod of Puget Sound orcas, and also the known living orca. Sadly, in … Continue reading

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Mobula Rays — Making A Splash to Attract a Mate

A fascinating short video by the BBC. Apparently, the mobula rays which make the biggest slash when leaping from the ocean have the greatest chance of finding a mate.  Often referred to as “devil rays”, “flying mobula” or simply “flying … Continue reading

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Oceans Beyond Earth — Does Life Swim in the Icy Seas of Enceladus?

NASA scientists this week, made an exciting announcement. They have discovered the necessary chemical mix to potentially support life in the sea beneath a polar ice cap of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.  What they have observed on Enceladus is similar to the … Continue reading

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