A River, a Family, and a Shipyard: The History of the Howard Family of Steamboat Builders

The Howard Steamboat Museum recently posted a video “A River, a Family, and a Shipyard: The History of the Howard Family of Steamboat Builders” that tells the story of James Howard and the Howard Family, who were the most successful … Continue reading

Navy Christens New Virginia Class Submarine USS Hyman G. Rickover

The US Navy christened one of its newest Virginia-class attack submarines, the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795), during a 9 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 31, 2021, at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, in Groton, Connecticut. From the Navy press release: … Continue reading

Navy Charges Sailor With Arson in Fire That Destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard

Last August we posted “Did an Arsonist Torch the USS Bonhomme Richard?” The Navy has concluded that the answer is yes, as it has charged a seaman apprentice with deliberately starting a fire last year that destroyed the amphibious assault … Continue reading

Remembering Bruce Kirby — Designer, Three Time Olympian Sailor & Journalist

Bruce Kirby died recently at the age of 92. He was a Canadian-born, self-taught yacht designer known for a range of projects from one-designs to America’s Cup yachts. He also was a three-time Olympian sailor. Kirby began his career as … Continue reading

Update: Bids to Dispose of 142-Year-Old Falls of Clyde Due By August 2nd

The Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Harbors Division put out a second request for proposals (RFP) for the “removal of the derelict sailing vessel Falls of Clyde from Honolulu Harbor.” A previous RFP issued in late April was later canceled after a … Continue reading

The Loneliest Whale — Search for 52 : A Review

Joshua Zeman has directed a newly released documentary, The Loneliest Whale — the Search for 52. It is a fascinating muddle of a film, well worth watching if you can overlook the mix of myth, legend, and social media sentimentality … Continue reading

Bermuda to Celebrate Sea Venture Landing Day July 28th

The Sea Venture was the flagship of the Third Supply mission to the Jamestown Colony that was wrecked in Bermuda in 1609. A 300-ton ship commissioned by the London Company, she was one of the first single timbered merchantmen built … Continue reading

Grays Harbor Announces Hawaiian Chieftain Sold, to Return to Hawaii

Positive news from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, WA. The Hawaiian Chieftain, a 65′ on deck square topsail ketch,  has been sold and will eventually be returning to her home state of Hawai’i. Briefly known as the Spirit of Larinda. … Continue reading

Queen Mary Update: Long Beach Weighs Expensive Alternatives

Last month we posted that a recent Queen Mary inspection survey revealed that lack of maintenance and neglected repairs have left the converted Cunard passenger liner vulnerable to flooding or possibly even capsizing.  In early June, the City of Long Beach, … Continue reading

Crowley’s eWolf — First Fully Electric US Tugboat

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced that it will build and operate eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat in the United States. The electric ship assist and escort tug will be 200 GRT, 82 feet long, with a main propulsion … Continue reading

Under Pressure, Italy Bans Large Cruise Ships from Venice Lagoon

The Italian government is banning large cruise ships from calling on the Venice lagoon after declaring the lagoon a national monument. Italy had come under pressure from Unesco, the UN’s heritage agency, that threatened to put Venice on its endangered … Continue reading