Category Archives: Ships

South Street Seaport Spring Revival at Pier 16 on April 26th

If you are in the New York area on Saturday, April 26th, be sure to stop by the South Street Seaport to celebrate a Spring revival with the grand reopening of Pier 16 and the Street of Ships. Capt. Jonathan Boulware, … Continue reading

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South Korean Ferry Tragedy — Close to 300 Missing as Ferry Sewol Sinks

What was intended as a four-day field trip to the Korean resort island of Jeju for high school students and their teachers ended in tragedy when the ferry sank off several miles north of Byeongpung Island, on the west coast of … Continue reading

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Navy LCS Debacle Continues — Slow Motion Shipwreck

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Freedom, the first of her namesake class and one of two different LCS designs, was recently deployed to Singapore for ten months in order to demonstrate the capabilities of the ship described by … Continue reading

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Update: Captain Error and Poor Bridge Design Caused Seastreak Wall Street Ferry Collision

On January 9, 2013, we posted about the Seastreak Wall Street catamaran ferry, which slammed into a loading barge at Pier 11 in New York City’s East River in Lower Manhattan at 12 knots, injuring 80 of the 331 passengers and crew.  The … Continue reading

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An American Treasure — Fireboat John J. Harvey Returns to Hudson Pier 66

Yesterday, we posted about the arrival of the World War II Destroyer Escort USS Slater at Caddell Dry Dock. The day before, the historic fireboat, John J. Harvey, left Caddell to return to her Hudson River dock after a month of … Continue reading

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Drydocking USS Slater, Last WWII Destroyer Escort Afloat

Could the arrival of the the USS Slater, the last World War II destroyer escort still afloat in the United States, be a sign of spring in New York harbor?  We can only hope, although as the sky today remains … Continue reading

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Pararescuers & USS Vandergriff Rescue Sick One Year Old on Yacht Rebel Heart

Update: As reported by CBS — The Coast Guard says the baby, along with her parents and 3-year-old sister, boarded the USS Vandegrift at 8 a.m. Sunday. The baby girl was in stable condition and was heading to San Diego … Continue reading

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Bluenose II — No Way to Restore a Schooner

The new construction/restoration of the Canadian schooner Bluenose II has not gone well.  Years behind schedule and millions over budget. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling it a “boondoggle” and is demanding an investigation into the project.  Recent lawsuits involving the … Continue reading

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Cruiser Olympia Staying in Philadelphia

After a three year bidding process to attempt to find a new home for the historic cruiser Olympia, the Independence Seaport Museum has announced that it will keep the ship after all. Four groups originally bid on taking over the ship but … Continue reading

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Booze, Balconies and Falling Overboard from Cruise Ships

Sarah Kirby went on a five night Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Destiny to celebrate her 30th birthday in October of 2012.  Partying with friends, she became very intoxicated.  Just after midnight, she went back to her stateroom and stepped out on … Continue reading

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry — “Building a War of 1812 Warship”

The April Smithsonian Magazine features photos of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and an article titled “Building a War of 1812 Warship.”   One can only imagine what Oliver Hazard Perry would have thought of the new ship that bears his name. … Continue reading

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Mock Iranian Carrier Claimed to Be Set for Movie About Downing of Iran Air Flight 655

Lights, camera, mock aircraft carrier.  We posted the other day about a strange mock Nimitz aircraft carrier apparently under construction in an Iranian shipyard.  The Iranian-owned Al-Alam News Network is reporting that the mock-up is being built for a film … Continue reading

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Twenty Five Years Ago Today, Exxon Valdez Grounded in Prince Edward Sound

On March 24, 1989, the 210,000 dwt crude oil tanker Exxon Valdez sailed from Valdez Marine Terminal and entered Alaska’s Prince William Sound. At 12:04 am, the single hulled ship ran aground on Bligh Reef, resulting in the largest oil spill in … Continue reading

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Mapping 1,200 Years of Scottish Shipwrecks

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has published a remarkable and potentially dangerous interactive map of 1,200 years of shipwrecks in Scottish waters. The map is part of an effort to enhance the maritime record … Continue reading

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USS Texas at 100 Years Old — A Proud History & an Uncertain Future

I remember visiting the battleship USS Texas in the San Jacinto River in Texas as schoolboy from Dallas while on a family vacation, almost fifty years ago.  Her 14″ guns were impressive and I still recall climbing around her anti-aircraft guns … Continue reading

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LCS USS Coronado Stops for Passing Whales

Last Sunday was the second of two weekends of the Dana Point Festival of Whales, which celebrates the annual migration of gray whales which passes the coastal California community. Captain Todd Mansur of Dana Wharf  Whale Watching was following two gray whales, … Continue reading

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Sail Training on the Lady Washington

Safe Harbor Pictures recently released a short video about sail training on the Lady Washington.   The Lady Washington is a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn.  The original ship sailed from Boston Harbor on October 1, … Continue reading

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Queen Mary 2 at 10 Years Old

In publicity photos to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of the Queen Mary 2 going into service, Captain Kevin Oprey is seen standing on the ship’s bulbous bow.  The photos dramatically capture the size of the mighty ship. Click on the … Continue reading

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Russia Scuttles Destroyer Ochakov, Blocking Ukrainian Navy Ships in Donuzlav Lake, Western Crimea

Ochakov, a Russian Kara-class cruiser, was decommissioned in 2011 and had been scheduled to be scrapped.  Instead, the Russian Navy scuttled the ship late Wednesday in the navigation channel in the approach to Donuzlav Lake, in Novoozerne, in the Western Crimea. … Continue reading

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The Vikings, the Rus’ & Kiev — the Entangled History of Russia and Ukraine

Stepping away for a moment from the unfolding current events in the Ukraine and Russia,  it might be worthwhile to look at the history of the region, which was shaped by the arrival of merchant adventurers rowing long ships.  As … Continue reading

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