Category Archives: Ships

Update: Replica Continental Sloop Providence to be Repaired

Great news. The replica Continental sloop Providence will be returning to the water. The sloop was seriously damaged when she was blown over in a blizzard in Newport in January 2015.  For some time the future of the vessel was unclear. Recently, … Continue reading

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Freedom Class LCS in Service — 100% Failure Rate in Last Year

The LCS saga continues. The USS Freedom suffered another serious failure.  There are currently three Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in service — USS Freedom, USS Fort Worth, and the USS Milwaukee.  In the past twelve months, all three of the … Continue reading

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Norsepower & Enercon Sailing on Rotors — Future of Commercial Sail?

Last week, the Finnish marine engineering company, Norsepower Oy Ltd, was awarded €2.6M in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology. The new models of the technology will include the world’s largest ever Flettner … Continue reading

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Red Rock IV in 57 Knots of Wind in the Bristol Channel

A video for a Saturday. Sailing on Red Rock IV  in 57 knots of wind in the Bristol Channel on June 28, 2016. Red Rock IV is a 43 footer designed by German Frers and built by Marland Marine for … Continue reading

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26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro Voyage Data Recorder

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Wednesday that they had successfully retrieved 26 hours of information from the El Faro Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The VDR was recovered earlier in August in 15,000 feet of water.  The US flagged … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking Returning to Hamburg from New York in the Spring

German media is reporting that sometime next spring, the historic Laeisz Flying P-Liner Peking is expected to leave New York harbor, where she has been a museum ship at the South Street Seaport Museum for over 40 years. She will be returning to … Continue reading

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Crystal Serenity, RRS Ernest Shackleton & the Northwest Passage — What Could Go Wrong?

The 1,070 passenger 68,870 GT cruise ship Crystal Serenity is arriving in Nome, Alaska on Sunday, August 21st, before continuing on in a 1,500 km voyage to transit the Northwest Passage via Canadian and Greenland. The 32 day voyage, which began … Continue reading

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Tall Ships Duluth 2016

Tall Ships Duluth 2016, billed as the “Greatest Spectacle on Lake Superior,” kicks off this morning at 11AM and runs through Sunday, August 21th. The festival features eight tall ships including El Galeon Andalucía, the US Brig Niagara, and the … Continue reading

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Fire on Passenger/RoRo Ferry Caribbean Fantasy Off Puerto Rico, 500 + Evacuated

A fire broke out on the passenger/roro ferry Caribbean Fantasy as she was approaching San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning. A reported 512 passengers were evacuated from the burning ship, roughly a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast. The … Continue reading

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Falls of Clyde Ordered to Leave Honolulu Harbor

Sad, if not surprising news. The Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division (HDOT Harbors) has ordered that the 138-year-old sailing ship Falls of Clyde be removed from Honolulu harbor. Previously, in a letter dated June 15th, the Harbor Division had … Continue reading

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Wavertree — Stepping the Final Mast Before Returning to South Street Seaport

Forty six years ago yesterday, the  full-rigged iron sailing ship Wavertree, arrived in South Street Seaport after being towed from Argentina. The 1889 built windjammer had languished as a sand barge in Argentina for decades, before being purchased and partially restored … Continue reading

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Repost: The Battle of Stonington, CT 1814 — Rocket’s Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air

Two hundred and two years ago this week, in a three day battle, the militia at Stonington, CT drove off a four ship Royal Navy flotilla during the War of 1812.  Here is lightly edited repost about the battle from July … Continue reading

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Lifting Maud from the Mud — Amundsen’s Ship Floats Again

A team of Norwegians have spent the last six summers in Cambridge Bay off the Nunavut territory of northern Canada attempting to raise Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen‘s research ship Maud from where it has been sitting in ice and mud … Continue reading

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Voyage Data Recorder from El Faro Recovered from 15,000′

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) press release announced today that the voyage data recorder (VDR) from El Faro, the US flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015 with the loss of all 33 aboard, was successfully recovered … Continue reading

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Sailing Bark Europa from Gran Canaria to Antarctica

A video for a Sunday morning. Filmmaker Frank Oly joined the bark Europa on a voyage from Gran Canaria to Antarctica. He stayed on board for 3 months and filmed this experience. Europa is a steel-hulled barque registered in the Netherlands. Built … Continue reading

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Cruise Ships Silver Cloud and Norwegian Getaway at the Rio Olympics

The accommodations in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, where most of the Summer Olympics athletes are staying during the games, have received mixed reviews. Australian athletes refused to move into the buildings because of significant plumbing and electrical … Continue reading

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Draken Harald Hårfagre Ends Great Lakes Voyage at Green Bay

After struggling to raise funds to pay for pilotage fees, the replica Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre has ended its voyage in the Great Lakes at Green Bay, WI. Plans to go on to Duluth, Minnesota have been abandoned. A … Continue reading

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Crystal Says No to SS United States — Not Feasible to Return to Service

Last February we posted “Will the SS United States Sail Again? Crystal Cruises Tosses a Life Line.”  Crystal Cruises had signed an option to purchase the ship and was undertaking a feasibility study to determine whether the ship could be economically … Continue reading

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Tall Ship Festival Green Bay 2016 — Nine Ships including the Draken Harald Hårfagre

The Green Bay Tall Ship Festival kicks off this Friday, August 5th, at noon and runs through Sunday, August 7th. It features nine tall ships, including the replica Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre. There had been some question as to … Continue reading

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LILAC: Flower of the Delaware — A Coast Guard Day Presentation, August 6th

The Lilac Preservation Project is hosting “LILAC: Flower of the Delaware, A Coast Guard Day Presentation” on Thursday, August 4th, at 6:00 PM on the historic lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25, the foot of West Street and N. Moore … Continue reading

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