Category Archives: Ships

Fleet Week 2015 in New York Harbor

Fleet Week 2015 kicked off with with a parade of three U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy yard patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters. More than 1,800 servicemen and women are participating, and activities and events will … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Restoring the Wavertree 2015

If you are in the neighborhood tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:30PM, you may wish to stop by the “bon-voyage” party on Pier 17 in New York’s South Street Seaport for the Wavertree, as she slips her lines and is … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

USS Constitution Shifts to Drydock

Last night, the USS Constitution was shifted to Dry Dock #1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be undergoing a three year refurbishment. USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” entered service in the U.S. Navy on … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lilac Arts Launching Tuesday, May 19, on ex-USCG Cutter Lilac

If you are near New York harbor tomorrow be sure to stop by from 6 — 9 PM, for a reception to launch the LILAC Art Series on the historic ex-Coast Guard Cutter Lilac.  The LILAC Art Series is a three month art exhibition by 25 … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Paddle in Seattle” Protests Around Shell’s Polar Pioneer — Saying “Shell-No” to Arctic Drilling

Just over a week ago, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management granted conditional approval for Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic. Last Thursday, the Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling rig, owned … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

12,000 Visitors to STV Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport

From May 9th through 13th, Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the US, was host to 12,000 visitors during the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport, RI.  The contrast between the new tall ship and the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rebuilding the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch

Last November, we posted about the restoration of the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, by its new owners, Noah and Jane Barnes at the Lyman Morse Boatbuilders yard in Thomaston. Here is a short article and video about the rather extensive rebuilding of the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , | 2 Comments

U.S.C.G. Cutter Lilac Re-Opens May 19th with Lilac Arts Series

The U.S.C.G. Cutter Lilac, America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender, is reopening on May 19th at her berth on Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at West Street and N. Moore Street in New York. This season, the historic ship will host … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swedish Singing Sailor to Russian Subs — ‘This Way if You Are Gay’

In the general category of “you can’t make this stuff up,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS), a group dedicated to the study and promotion of peace, released details of their “Singing Sailor Campaign.” Last October, we posted about a … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The End of Falls of Clyde? Too Many Broken Promises?

The State of Hawaii has notified the Friends of Falls of Clyde, the organization responsible for rescuing the historic ship of the same name, that the state plans to terminate its permit which allows the ship to be docked for free.  “They … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

USS Recruit — The Unsinkable Warship

Perhaps no warship is unsinkable, but the several USS Recruits came close, primarily because they were based entirely on land.  In 1917, the 200′ USS Recruit, also known as the Landship Recruit, was built in Union Square, in the middle of … Continue reading

Posted in History, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Happy 250th Birthday HMS Victory!

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the launching of HMS Victory, here is a rolling  broadside, fired by none other than HMS Victory.  The ship is beginning a £50million restoration project in an attempt to preserve Nelson’s flagship for future generations.  For … Continue reading

Posted in History, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged | 1 Comment

Update: Iran Reported to Release Container Ship Maersk Tigris

Iran is reporting that it has released the container ship Maersk Tigris.  The ship had been seized on April 28th as it transited the Strait of Hormuz. Neither Maersk Line, which is the ship’s charterer, nor Rickmers Shipmanagement, which manages the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Does Iran Have Any Conceivable Case for Seizing the Maersk Tigris?

Does Iran have any conceivable case for seizing the Maersk Tigris?  The short answer is “no.” The slightly longer answer might be “absolutely not” or “under no circumstances.” Iran is claiming a decade old cargo dispute as the basis for … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Leave a comment

A Message for Prince George from HMS Lancaster

Sailors stand on the flight deck of the HMS Lancaster, known as the “Queen’s Frigate,” in a special congratulatory message to Prince George, passing on the news that he now has a sister.

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Lending Club 2 Shatters Newport to Bermuda Speed Record

On April 20th, the 105′ trimaran Lending Club 2  sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda in an amazing 23 hours,  9 minutes and 52 seconds, beating the previous record by a 15 hours. Lending Club 2 sailed the 635-nautical mile passage at an average … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Shifts To Fort Adams

Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry will be docking at her new permanent berth this Saturday at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. She is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century. She will … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Strange Doings in the Strait — What We Know About the Maersk Tigris

Yesterday, we posted about the Maersk Tigris, a 5470-TEU container ship, which was detained by boats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Here is what we know so far. 1. Is the Maersk Tigris a “U.S. cargo ship?” No. Initially, Saudi owned Al-Arabiya and several … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Container Ship Maersk Tigris Diverted by Iran in Strait of Hormuz

The Marshall Island flagged container ship Maersk Tigris sailing from the Saudi port of Jeddah, bound for the United Arab Emirates port of Jebel Ali, was intercepted by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz. As reported by Bloomberg, the ship was … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Half Moon in Perspective

Half Moon, a replica of Henry Hudson’s ship, looks very small sitting on the deck of the heavy-lift ship Traveler, which is carrying the ship to its new berth at the  Westfries Museum in Hoorn, in the Netherlands.  As heavy lift ships go, … Continue reading

Posted in City of Ships, History, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment