Category Archives: Lore of the Sea

From Beneath the Toxic Black Mayonnaise of the Gowanus, the SS Gay

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is one of the most polluted waterways in the nation. When I went to work for Moore McCormack many, many years ago, their New York terminal was on 23rd Street on the Gowanus. I recall … Continue reading

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Stern of Destroyer USS Abner Read, Sunk in WWII, Found Off Aleutians

On Aug. 18, 1943,  the destroyer USS Abner Read was on anti-submarine patrol near Kiska Island, in Alaska’s Aleutian chain. The Japanese had just recently evacuated the island but had left behind a minefield. At 1:50 a.m.,  the destroyer struck … Continue reading

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WWII Submarine USS Ling Vandalized — Plaques Stolen, Sub Flooded

Sometime between last Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, vandals broke into the USS Ling, a World War II-era Balao-class submarine, which has been a museum ship in the Hackensack River since 1973. The vandals stole four bronze plaques, dedicated to the sailors lost … Continue reading

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Remembering Bert Rogers, Executive Director of Tall Ships America

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bert Rogers, the long-time Executive Director of Tall Ships America, who died of a heart attack. Our condolences to his family and all those who cared for him. Bert’s seafaring … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Venezuela & the New Pirates of the Caribbean

The southern Caribbean has seen a significant increase in piracy of late, at least partially related to the economic and political turmoil in nearby Venezuela. Commerical ships, local fishermen and visiting yachts have all fallen prey to attacks from pirates. Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a … Continue reading

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US Border Patrol Boats Harrass Canadian Lobster Boats in the “Gray Zone”

This summer, Canadian lobstermen are complaining of being harassed by US Border Patrol agents in speedboats as they fish in waters claimed by both Canada and the US off Machias Seal Island.  Since around 1733, the US and Canada have agreed … Continue reading

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Sea Nomads, the Bajau, May Be Genetically Adapted for Diving

The Bajau people of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia have lived for centuries at sea as hunter-gatherer nomads. They can spend up to five hours a day underwater, diving for fish, octopus and other seafood. The Bajau do not use any … Continue reading

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

Two hundred and four 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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Navy Supply Officer “Kaz” Prince Pleads Guilty in $2.7 Million Procurement Scam

Lieutenant Randolph M. Prince, known as “Kaz,” had a pretty slick arrangement. “Kaz” was a supply officer in Virginia Beach, VA. Through friends, he set up sham companies which would be awarded government contracts by Prince. He would generate all the necessary paperwork and certify … Continue reading

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Red Tide & Green Water — Florida’s Algae Disaster

Florida is being clobbered by a double algae disaster, a virtual algae apocalypse. Red tide, caused by karenia brevis algae is decimating sea life in the Gulf’s salt waters, while blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is poisoning South Florida’s inland fresh … Continue reading

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Bryce Carlson Shatters North Atlantic Rowing Record

Congratulations to Bryce Carlson who shattered the record for rowing solo, unsupported, from west-to-east across the North Atlantic. He completed the roughly 2,000-mile row from St. John’s, Newfoundland to St. Mary’s Harbor, in the Isles of Scilly in just 38 days, 6 hours … Continue reading

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Iceberg and the White Orcas of the Western North Pacific

In 2012, we posted about a sighting one of the first adult all white orca whales in the western North Pacific near the Kamchatka Peninsula. The observation was reported by Erich Hoyt, co-founder of the Far East Russia Orca Project. The rare … Continue reading

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Will New USCG Icebreaker Be Torpedoed by the Border Wall?

There is a serious crisis at our border. No, not the Southern border, where crossings are at close to a 50 year low. I am referring to our Northern border, the Arctic Sea, where the US has only one heavy icebreaker, … Continue reading

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Happy 228th Birthday to the US Coast Guard !

Happy 228th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!  The Coast Guard is the oldest maritime service in the US government and somehow always succeeds in doing the most with the very least.  The United States Coast Guard was established as the … Continue reading

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Shark Stolen in a Baby-Stroller From San Antonio Aquarium

Last weekend, two men and a woman carrying a toddler stole a two-foot-long gray horned shark from an aquarium in San Antonio, TX. They wrapped the shark in a blanket, shoved it in a plastic bucket and hid the bucket in … Continue reading

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Branson Duck Boat Tragedy — the COI and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The Coast Guard has begun a high-level investigation into the recent duck boat capsize and sinking on July 19th, which cost the lives of 17 aboard.  The boat, designated as Stretch Duck 07,  which sank on Table Rock Lake, near Branson, … Continue reading

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Thieves Escape by Speedboat After Heisting Crown Jewels

This sounds like a scene from a 1960 or 1970s “caper” movie. Around mid-day on Tuesday, two men walked into a medieval cathedral in Strangnas, in broad daylight, stole part of the Swedish crown jewels, and then escaped across a lake by … Continue reading

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Amistad at the Mary Whalen — Returning August 11th

I was fortunate enough to be able to stop by the schooner Amistad last week when she tied up alongside Portside NewYork’s tanker Mary A. Whalen in the historic Atlantic Basin in Redhook, Brooklyn. She is a beautiful schooner with an … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Clipper Round the World Race Winner Skippers Wendy Tuck & Nikki Henderson

The top two spots in the Clipper Round the World Race were, for the first time, won by women.  Australian Wendy Tuck has become the first female skipper to win the Clipper Round-the-World race.  British skipper Nikki Henderson, 25, came in … Continue reading

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Court Rules Shipwreck Ribault’s Flagship, la Trinité, Property of France

 In 1565, Captain Jean Ribault sailed from France with ships and 800 settlers to resupply and reinforce the French colony of Fort Caroline in what is now the state of Florida. The French colony was being threatened by the Spanish … Continue reading

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