Category Archives: Ships

In Praise of Galway Hookers

Recently, Travel + Leisure magazine rated Galway, Ireland the world’s friendliest city.  I wonder whether it has anything to do with the Galway hookers? But what is a Galway hooker? Is it: A Galway street-walker? A traditional single masted fishing boat? A … Continue reading

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Where is the North Korean Submarine Fleet?

Something very strange has happened on the Korean peninsula.  More than 50 North Korean submarines — about 70% of the country’s known fleet — have reportedly left their bases and disappeared from South Korea’s military radar.  They also represent most … Continue reading

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Wreck of the USS Macon — Flying Aircraft Carrier

In Marvel comics and movies, the mobile headquarters of the fictional intelligence/defense agency S.H.I.E.L.D. is a flying aircraft carrier, referred to as a “Helicarrier.”  In the comic books, the flying aircraft carrier first appeared in 1965, which raises the obvious question — … Continue reading

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Pride of the Ladies’ Gunboat Association — CSS Georgia Artifacts Recovered

Navy divers, working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, are attempting to raise what is left of the 250′ long CSS Georgia, an ironclad warship from the Civil War, in preparation for dredging the Savannah River.  The river is … Continue reading

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Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Opens on the Cutter Lilac

Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade opened yesterday on board the ex-USCG cutter Lilac at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25.  The exhibit explores the transatlantic slave trade through a display of nearly 150 historical objects, many salvaged from sunken … Continue reading

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Sail Amsterdam 2015 — Sail In Parade

Sail Amsterdam bills itself as the world’s largest nautical festival. Every five years, more than 600 ships navigate along the North Sea Canal before mooring in and around the IJhaven in Amsterdam. The ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam takes place … Continue reading

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The Clipper Ship Noonday & the Ships of Badger’s Island

Last year, the wreck of a the clipper ship, Noonday, was located just west of San Francisco. There was no great mystery where the ship sank in 1863, as the submerged rock where she struck has been known as Noonday Rock ever since. … Continue reading

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Dream Symphony — a Clipper Ship for the 21st Century

When delivered sometime in 2016, Dream Symphony will be a clipper ship for the 21st century. Like the 19th century clippers, Dream Symphony will carry an impressive cloud of sail and like the clippers, it will be built of wood.  That alone is remarkable … Continue reading

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One Leg of a Long Journey — S.S. Columbia Heading Soon to Buffalo

The 113 year old, SS Columbia, the oldest remaining excursion steamship in the United States, is one leg closer in her long journey to restoration and operation. She has just completed a drydocking in Toledo, Ohio and is being prepared … Continue reading

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500 Year Old Sea Monster Figurehead from the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

Divers exploring the wreck of the Gribshunden have recovered a figurehead of a sea monster with ‘lion ears and crocodile-like mouth’ which has lay on the bottom of the Baltic Sea for roughly 500 years off the coast of Ronneby in southern Sweden. … Continue reading

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Sail the Seven Seas — the Seven Seas for Sale

Movie director Steven Spielberg is putting his $200 million, 282′ mega-yacht, Seven Seas, up for sale, reportedly because it is too small. He is having a new yacht built, costing roughly $250 million, which, oddly, at 300′, is only 18′ … Continue reading

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Own the Historic Schooner Isaac H. Evans for an Essay & $125

The 129 year old, 90 foot long schooner Isaac H. Evans sailing out of Rockland, Maine could be yours for $125 and a 200 word essay. Continue reading

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US Coast Guard Busts Narco-sub with $181 Million in Cocaine Aboard

The submarine war at sea continues. Last month, the USCG Cutter Stratton intercepted a semi-submersible vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean around 200 miles south of Mexico, loaded with 16,000 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $181 million. Four men were … Continue reading

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Captain Mary’s Story Hour on the Cutter Lilac & Rides on the Fireboat John J Harvey

If you are anywhere near the lower Hudson River this Sunday, August 9th, be sure to stop by the Cutter Lilac for Captain Mary’s Story Hour, a family event for all ages, from 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM. Mary Habstritt, … Continue reading

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Timelapse Cruise Ship Under Construction

A time lapse of the construction of a cruise ship for the German cruise operator AIDA Cruises at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. Continue reading

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Near 300th Anniversary of Terra Firme Fleet Disaster, Divers Find $1MM in Spanish Gold

On July 30, 1715 the Spanish Terra Firme and New Spain fleets, bound from Havana to Spain, were hit by a hurricane off the coast of Florida.  Eleven ships were blown up on to the reefs and sank. Only one ship … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Polina Star III? New Oyster 90 Sinks off Spain

In early July, the year old Polina Star III – an extended 90ft version of the Oyster 825 — suffered some sort of hull failure and sank off the East Coast of Spain. The Oyster press release describes it as a … Continue reading

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‘Sea Slaves’: the Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock

Slave labor on fishing boats, particularity in Asia, has been a serious problem for many years. In 2011, we posted about reports that the crews of of chartered fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters were being systematically abused and … Continue reading

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Stowaways — Complicated, Messy, Expensive and Possibly Dangerous

First published in gCaptain. Recently, the New York Times published Stowaways and Crimes Aboard Aboard a Scofflaw Ship, the first of a four part series, by Ian Urbina. At the core of the article, Urbina tells the story of two South … Continue reading

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Her Maiden Voyage

Last weekend, Oliver Hazard Perry, America’s newest and largest civilian sailing school ship sailed into Portland harbor in Maine on her maiden voyage, to participate in the Tall Ships Portland 2015 festival, which wrapped up yesterday.  Based in Newport, RI, the … Continue reading

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