Category Archives: Ships

How Dirty are Cruise Ships? Scrubbing Sulfur and Particulates

How dirty are cruise ships? How much pollution do they really create? It is hard to tell. Several years ago we posted about a claim by the Friends of the Earth which asserted that cruise ships “flushed more than a … Continue reading

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HMS Warrior — Steam Powered Frigate of 1860

HMS Warrior is a fascinating ship. It may be heresy to say so, but when I visited Portsmouth, I spent more time on HMS Warrior than I did on Nelson’s Victory. Warrior is a 40-gun steam-powered armored frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. … Continue reading

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Two Sailors and their Dogs Rescued by Navy After 5 Months at Sea

On Wednesday, the dock landing ship USS Ashland rescued two woman sailors and their two dogs from their sailboat roughly 900 miles southeast of Japan. The sailboat had been spotted by a passing Taiwanese fishing boat, which alerted the navy. The two … Continue reading

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Earliest Astrolabe Recovered from Wreck of the Esmeralda

A year ago last March, marine archeologists determined that the wreck of a ship found off the coast of Oman was the Esmerelda, one of the ships in a fleet led by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1502. The wreck … Continue reading

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Volvo Ocean Race Sets off From Alicante, Spain

A fleet of seven teams of racers set off this morning from Alicante, Spain bound for Lisbon, on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018.  The eleven leg race will visit 12 cities in six continents, ending next July in The Hague, Netherlands. The teams … Continue reading

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Sultana Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival — October 27-29

The Sultana Downrigging Weekend and Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival has grown to be one of the largest annual Tall Ship gatherings on the East Coast. Now in its 17th year, it is held on the Chester River in Chestertown, … Continue reading

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The Coffee Table and the Nemi Ships — Remembering Caligula’s Great Pleasure Barges

Part of one of Roman Emperor Caligula‘s ceremonial Nemi ships has been recovered from an unexpected location. The New York Times reports that a four-by-four piece of mosaic flooring from one of the ships has been “sitting in … the Park … Continue reading

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Loses Power in Newport Harbor

The 200′ long three-masted square-rigger SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was departing from a local dockside festival on Sunday evening when she lost power while maneuvering in very close quarters in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. The steel ship drifted into four boats. No one … Continue reading

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MV Yara Birkeland, Autonomous Container Ship — Is This Really a Good Idea?

The first autonomous container ship, the 120 TEU feeder vessel, MV Yara Birkeland, will be launched in 2018. The ship will also be battery-powered and emissions-free. After a period of testing with a crew, the ship is expected to go … Continue reading

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Picton Castle’s Seventh World Voyage

In March of 2018, the barque Picton Castle will set off on its seventh world voyage — an epic year-long voyage under sail.  Berths are available for trainees for the full year-long voyage or for individual voyage legs. Beginning in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, Picton … Continue reading

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Will the Tallship Providence Sail to Alexandria?

I had kind of lost track of the replica Revolutionary War sloop Providence. In January 2015, she was blown off her jackstands by blizzard winds while on the hard in Newport, RI, incurring significant damage to her hull and rigging. … Continue reading

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Fridtjof Nansen, Exploring the Arctic and Saving Refugees

Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the 156th birthday of Fridtjof Nansen — arctic explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Nansen seems particularly relevant in these times as the polar ice cap continues to melt and as refugee … Continue reading

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The Great Chesapeake Schooner Race 2017 — Racing to Save the Bay

The festivities associated with the Great Chesapeake Schooner Race 2017 kick off tomorrow at 10 AM with a  “Salute to Schooners,” where schooners and other vessels will “fire” cannons, horns, etc. On land, students from Baltimore City schools will sing … Continue reading

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Grim Discovery in Kim Wall Murder

The Danish police made a grim discovery in the murder of Kim Wall. On Friday, divers discovered the severed head, legs and arms of the Swedish journalist, as well as some of her clothing and a knife. The body parts … Continue reading

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ROUGH SEAS! Bad Weather in Atlantic Ocean

I love the videos shot and produced by maritime vlogger JeffHK. He describes himself as a sailor with a passion for photo/videography and drones who do vlogs while traveling the world on a mega container-ship. This has been a rough … Continue reading

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More Disturbing Evidence in the Death of Kim Wall on the UC3 Nautilus

More disturbing evidence has emerged in the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on the private submarine UC3 Nautilus last August. Peter Madsen, the owner of the submarine, has been charged with her murder.  On August 10th, Danish inventor Peter Madsen took Swedish … Continue reading

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Beery McTallShipFace? Nah — Beer Naming Contest Supporting Sunderland Tall Ships Festival

Next year, the UK port of Sunderland will be hosting 80 tall ships at the start of the Tall Ships Races 2018. To support the festivities, Maxim Brewery will be brewing a special nautical themed porter. But what to call … Continue reading

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In Hurricane Ravaged Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands, RCCL’s Adventure of the Seas to the Rescue

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line canceled their weekly scheduled cruise on the  MV Adventure of the Seas and instead sent the 3,114 passenger ship on a relief mission to carry supplies to those in need and to evacuate people from islands devastated by … Continue reading

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TBT Repost: Wanderer — the Slave Ship Flying a New York Yacht Club Burgee

For Throw-Back Thursday (TBT) here is a repost of an unlikely bit of history which we posted three years ago.   The schooner yacht Wanderer was built in 1857 for Colonel John D. Johnson, a New Orleans sugar baron. At just over … Continue reading

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Is Puerto Rico Getting Enough Help? No Jones Act Waiver, Delays With Hospital Ship USNS Comfort

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The damage has been described as apocalyptic.  Most of the island is without power or water and tens of thousands are in shelters or are homeless. The healthcare system is overwhelmed … Continue reading

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