Category Archives: Lore of the Sea

Celebrate Historic USCG Cutter Lilac’s 86th Birthday with Cake

If you are near New York City over the Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to stop by the Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 to help celebrate the 86th birthday of the USCG lighthouse/buoy tender Lilac. The historic cutter will be … Continue reading

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Fleet Week NYC 2019, Parade of Ships

 Fleet Week 2019 Kicks Off in NYC With the Parade of Ships

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Remembering the Savannah on National Maritime Day

In 1933, the US Congress created National Maritime Day to recognize the maritime industry in the United States. The date chosen to celebrate the new holiday was May 22, in honor of the say that the auxiliary packet ship Savannah … Continue reading

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The Return of Humpbacks to New York and Basking Sharks to California

The Pacific and Atlantic coasts have seen the return of large marine creatures that have been absent for decades. On the East Coast, New York City has seen the return of humpback whales which had been missing from local waters … Continue reading

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Russian Priest, 67, Rows Across Southern Ocean

Fedor Konyukhov, a 67-year-old Russian Orthodox priest, recently arrived in the Chilean town of Puerto Williams, after rowing 11,500 kilometers from Dunedin, New Zealand to Cape Horn. He thanks Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker for helping him survive the 154-day … Continue reading

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GAO Report on USS Zumwalt Debacle — Deficiencies, Delays and No Big Guns

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticizes the Navy and the shipyard, Bath Iron Works, for serious deficiencies with the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program. The report found more than 320 “serious deficiencies” found upon inspection when … Continue reading

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Jeanne Socrates, Singlehanding at 76, Suffers Knockdown Off New Zealand

Singlehander Jeanne Socrates, 76, on her fourth circumnavigation, suffered a knockdown on S/V Nereida off the South Island of New Zealand. Despite damage to solar and wind charging equipment, Socrates is unhurt, and sails, rig, most instruments, autopilot and radio … Continue reading

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Update: Wind Challenger Project — Developing a Hybrid Sail Assisted Cargo Ship

We have been following the development of the Wind Challenger Project since it first was unveiled in 2012. Initially developed by the University of Toyko and now with the support of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Oshima-shipbuilding, the concept is for … Continue reading

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Trash In the Trench — Record Dive Find Plastics in Challenger Deep

American diver breaks record with journey to the Mariana Trench American adventurer Victor Vesco broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever in the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. In his four hours at the bottom, he … Continue reading

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Hamburg Hafengeburtstag 2019, 830th Birthday of the Port of Hamburg

This weekend Hamburg celebrated its Hafengeburtstag 2019, the 830th anniversary of the founding of the Port of Hamburg, established in 1189 by Frederick I. And celebrate they did. An estimated 300 ships participated and were greeted by over one million … Continue reading

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Sailors’ Tattoos on Mother’s Day

A repost appropriate for Mother’s Day. Sailors choose their tattoos for various reasons. Among the most popular sailor tattoos are anchors, hearts and swallows.  Not infrequently, “Mom” also made an appearance as a reminder of loved ones and home.  On … Continue reading

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Opportunity to Sail on Picton Castle in the Great Lakes

Just returning from its seventh round the world voyage, the barque Picton Castle will set off again this summer bound for the Great Lakes to take part in the Tall Ships America’s Tall Ships Challenge — Great Lakes 2019.  The … Continue reading

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US Takes Control of Wise Honest, North Korea’s Sanctions Violating Bulker Carrier

The media has been full of reports about the sanctions violating North Korean bulk carrier, dubiously named Wise Honest. Virtually every headline begins with “US seizes North Korean ship” or some variation thereof.  The Justice Department also used the word … Continue reading

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Jean-Jacques Savin Completes Trans-Atlantic Crossing, Drifting in a Barrel

After a voyage of 147 days covering more than 2,000 nautical miles, French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin, 72, has successfully drifted across the Atlantic Ocean on the wind and currents in his 10′ by 9′ orange barrel-shaped  craft. He departed from … Continue reading

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Heavy-Lift Ship Blue Marlin Freed After Attempted Hijacking Off Equatorial Guinea

On Sunday, May 5th, armed pirates boarded the semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin, 80 nautical miles offshore of Equatorial Guinea on the west coast of Africa. The ship, operated by the Dutch firm Boskalis, had unloaded cargo near Luba port, … Continue reading

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Allure of the Seas Slow Steaming for 5 Months Due to Continued Azipod Problems

Cruise Fever is reporting that Royal Caribbean is having to rearrange the itineraries for the Allure of the Seas for the next five months due to mechanical issues with one of the three Azipods, the pod propulsion units which drive … Continue reading

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Update: Dmitri Donskoii Shipwreck Scammers Go to Jail

In July of last year, we posted about a Korean maritime salvage company which claimed to have found the wreck of the Russian armored cruiser, Dmitrii Donskoi, which sank during the 1905 Battle of Tsushima. They also claimed that the wreck … Continue reading

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Holland America Cruise Ships Collide in Vancouver

While docking in Vancouver on Saturday morning, the Holland America cruise ship MS  Oosterdam collided with the MS Nieuw Amsterdam also owned by Holland America. The stern of the Oosterdam struck the stern of the already docked Nieuw Amsterdam. No … Continue reading

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Scientist’s Models Predict “Water Worlds”

While the surface of the Earth is more than 70% covered by ocean, worlds covered by even greater expanses of water may be more common than previously thought.  We have previously posted about evidence of water on other bodies in … Continue reading

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Russian Spy Beluga Whale Defects to Norway

Two days ago, NPR reported: “Fisherman off the coast of Norway encountered a beluga whale with “Equipment of St. Petersburg” inscribed on its harness. Researchers think the beluga may be a Russian spy in training.”  There was speculation that the … Continue reading

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