Category Archives: Ships

Potential Progress in Saving the SS United States

The SS United States Conservancy issued a press release signed by Susan Gibbs on Monday announcing: Exciting Redevelopment Milestone Achieved We are very pleased to confirm that we have now entered into a preliminary agreement in support of the redevelopment of … Continue reading

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Russia & the French Mistral Amphibious Assault Ships

Back in 2010, we posted that some members of NATO were uncomfortable with a French contract to build two, with an option for two more, Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russia.  The first ship, the Vladivostok, was supposed to be delivered … Continue reading

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Sailing the Pride of Baltimore II

As far as I am concerned the Baltimore clippers under sail are among the most beautiful traditional sailing ships on the face of the watery planet.  As we slip into winter here is lovely video by Pierre Henkart of the Pride of Baltimore II … Continue reading

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Captain “Daddy Art” Daniels — Oldest Skipjack Captain Working the Chesapeake

We recently posted about the retired oyster dredging schooners A.J. Meerwald  and the Ada C. Lore.  Here is a wonderful short video featuring an interview with Arthur “Daddy Art” Daniels, a 93 year old skipjack captain, who is still dredging oysters … Continue reading

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Engineer Needed on the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

This morning we posted that the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry organization is looking for Licensed Mates.  They are also looking for a qualified Engineer. Engineer Job Description: OHPRI is seeking an Engineer for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to join the … Continue reading

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Mates’ Jobs on the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry organization is looking for Licensed Mates.  The 200-foot square-rigged tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry  is Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel, the largest of its kind to have been built in this country in the last … Continue reading

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A Bad Night for the Oyster Schooner Ada C. Lore, Cousin to A.J. Meerwald

A week ago at about 2AM, at least 50 feet of the breakwater in Eastport, Maine collapsed into the inner harbor. Pat Donahue, a local fisherman and caretaker of the 1923 schooner Ada C. Lore, suffered minor injuries when the breakwater collapsed. The … Continue reading

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Cruise Ships & Sewage — FOE Misses the Point

Here is yet another case of the media taking a wildly inaccurate sets of claims about ships at face value.  The news media has been touting a new study by the environmental group Friends of the Earth. The title of the … Continue reading

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Tall Ships Philadelphia – Camden June 25-28, 2015

Tall Ships Philadelphia – Camden is being held on June 25-28, 2015 on the Delaware River.  Normally I wouldn’t post about an event so far in the future, but the tickets for the event have now gone on sale.  So … Continue reading

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Female Officers Secretly Videotaped in Shower on Submarine USS Wyoming

This feels like a bad joke, but sadly, it isn’t. In May of 2010, we posted about “Women Submariners – Pioneers Facing Many Challenges.” Of the various challenges we expected women on submarines would have to face, secret shower videos … Continue reading

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The Original Pearl Harbor Attack Emergency Radio Broadcast from Washington DC

In honor of the 73th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Originally posted December 7, 2010. The Original Pearl Harbor Attack Radio Emergency Broadcast from Washington DC Thanks to Dave Shirlaw on the  Marine History list for pointing out the … Continue reading

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Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown Steaming Home to Baltimore

After spending a month on dock at Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, VA, the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown  is now steaming up the Elizabeth River on its way back home to Baltimore.  During World War II, eighteen American shipyards built … Continue reading

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Vestas Wind, Andrea Doria, USS Guardian, Royal Majesty and GPS Assisted Grounding

At least Sir Cloudesley Shovell had an excuse, not that he really needed one. He drowned with the other 1,400 sailors in the Scilly naval disaster of 1707.  The navigators on the four warships that hit the Scilly’s Western Rocks lacked the tools … Continue reading

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Update: Queen Elizabeth 2 Rotting Away in Dubai

Since being sold by Cunard in 2007, the classic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has been the locus of many plans and schemes, all of which have come to naught.  Sadly, the ship has remained tied up at a dock in Dubai’s Port … Continue reading

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The Tjipetir Mystery — Gutta Percha Blocks & the Miyazaki Maru

For the last several years, and perhaps much longer, blocks of a rubber-like substance have been washing ashore on the beaches of Great Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The blocks are rectangular with rounded corners and … Continue reading

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Team Vesta Wind Runs Aground on Mauritius Reef in Volvo Ocean Race

On Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Team Vesta Wind boat ran aground Saturday on a reef in the Cargados Carajos archipelago about 430 km to the northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. There are no reported injuries and the nine … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, Whaling Ships, Sarah Josepha Hale, Mary’s Lamb & a Liberty Ship

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is one of the central creation myths of the founding of the United States. The story is based on an account of a one time feast of thanksgiving in the Plymouth colony of Massachusetts in 1621 during … Continue reading

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The Board of Longitude Project — Digitizing 18th Century Science and Technology

The Board of Longitude Project, a partnership between Cambridge University Library and the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in the UK, has digitized the complete papers of the Board of Longitude from its founding in 1714 until its abolition in 1828. … Continue reading

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Update: US Navy Deploys Laser Weapon on USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf

Last February, we posted that the US Navy planned to deploy its first laser weapon on one of its oldest ships. The new laser weapon has now been deployed on the 43 year old USS Ponce, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, for field … Continue reading

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120 Year Old Schooner Ernestina to be Restored at Boothbay

Great news!  The Massachusetts of Department of Conservation and Recreation has signed a contract with Boothbay Harbor Shipyard for $6,048,025 for the restoration of the schooner Ernestina, ex-Effie M. Morrissey.   As we posted in July, private donors, Bob Hildreth and Gerry Lenfest, contributed $2.8 … Continue reading

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