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Fighting Whaling in Court and in Port as Iceland Resumes Fin Whale Hunting

After a two year suspension, Iceland has resumed hunting endangered fin whales.  Photographs taken by undercover Greenpeace activists show a harpooned fin whale being cut up for meat, likely to be exported to Japan.  Meanwhile, environmentalists are fighting whaling in … Continue reading

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Darwin, Australia’s Beer Can Regatta

Last week, the Lion’s Club of Darwin, Australia held their 40th Annual Beer Can Regatta. The regatta raises funds for local charities through a fun event which is described as “uniquely Territorian in character and spirit.”  Apparently nothing says Darwin, … Continue reading

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Composite Clipper Ship City of Adelaide’s Rudder Arrives in Australia

The rudder for the composite clipper ship, City of Adelaide, arrived in Australia the week before Christmas   Typically, when a ship comes into port, the rudder arrives last. Very little has been typical, however, about the struggle to save the oldest composite clipper ship, the City … Continue reading

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Great Barrier Reef Sea Floor Collapsing, Could Cause Tsunami

The world did not end of on 12/21/12 as some had predicted. Nevertheless, there are still a few things to worry about. Last week, marine geologists from Australia’s James Cook University warned that a one cubic kilometer slab  of the sea … Continue reading

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Australia Plans Huge Marine Reserve in Coral Sea – Praise and Conflict

The government of Australia plans to establish the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea, covering an area more than one-and-a-half times the size of France. If approved, the Coral Sea reserve, would be approximately 989,842 sq km. While environmentalists have … Continue reading

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Un-Discovering Sandy Island : the Well-Charted Pacific Island That Isn’t There

Scientists from Australia have just returned from a voyage of un-discovery.  They have proven that Sandy Island, which appears on many nautical charts and on Google Earth and Google Maps, does no exist. The island which is depicted on Google Earth as a dark oval, … Continue reading

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Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ready to Begin her Long Voyage Home to Australia

Last January we posted that the composite clipper ship City of Adelaide would begin her voyage by barge and then ship  to her namesake city in Australia by March, “if all goes well.”   As is not unusual is this sort of project, … Continue reading

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A Video for Monday Morning – Duyfken July 2012

In 1606, the Duyfken, commanded by  Willem Janszoon, became the first European vessel to sail to the continent of Australia.    In 1999, in an act of “experimental archaeology,” a replica of of the Dutch ship was built in Freemantle, Australia. The … Continue reading

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Second Refugee Boat Bound for Christmas Island Capsizes, Merchant Ships Rescue 136

A  boat loaded with asylum seekers has capsized in Indonesian waters about 107 nautical miles north of Australia’s Christmas Island. The boat is reported to have had 150 passengers and crew aboard.  CNN is reporting that 136 have been rescued by two merchants ships. … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers Boat Capsizes North of Australia’s Christmas Island – 200 Believed Aboard

With a sad familiarity, another overloaded boat, filled with desperate asylum seekers trying to reach Australia’s Christmas Island, has capsized in Indonesian waters. Up to 200 people are believed to have been aboard the vessel when it capsized.  Indonesia’s search and rescue authority … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Seventy yeas ago, the Japanese and navies of the United States and Australia fought the Battle of the Coral Sea in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea in a series of naval battles from May … Continue reading

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Indonesia Rescues 129 Afghan Refuguees from Leaking Ship

The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency received a distress call Sunday night from the captain of a wooden ship bound for Australia.  The ship was taking on water and carrying 120 Afghan refugees.  The Afghans were picked up and taken by tanker … Continue reading

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Peter Maddison Occupying Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Again

Just as preparations for moving the world’s oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, to her namesake city in Australia, are getting underway, Peter Maddison, a former councillor from Sunderland, where the ship was built, has occupied the old clipper, … Continue reading

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Maxi Banque Populaire V Screaming Past Cape Leeuwin in Quest for Jules Verne Trophy

Last February the crew of  the  130′ long by 120′ wide maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V was forced to give up their attempt to the win the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation by sail when the trimaran struck an “unidentified floating object” while … Continue reading

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Of Migaloo and the New White Calf

About 14,000 humpback whales migrated between Australia and Antarctica each year. Among them is a white humpback, nicknamed Migaloo. Migaloo, or  “white fella” in an Aboriginal language, was first spotted in 1991 and may be the most popular humpback whale in the world, being … Continue reading

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Great White Sharks – Fans of AC/DC ?

And speaking of “music of the sea”, an intriguing story from Australia.  When Matt Waller, a tour operator in Neptune Bay, Australia, attached speakers to shark cages and played the heavy metal band AC/DC, he discovered that the great white sharks became … Continue reading

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Shell’s Prelude FLNG to be the World’s Largest Floating Offshore Platform

Shell is on its way to building the largest floating offshore facility in the world for its Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia. The FLNG facility will be 488 meters long  and will weigh around 600,000 tonnes – … Continue reading

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Earth Hour Twilight Cruise on the Tall Ship Southern Swan

Earth Hour is “a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights … Continue reading

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Sinking of the Yongala – March 23rd, 1911

Today is the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the passenger ship SS Yongala in a cyclone off Australia with the loss of 122 lives. Yongala Centenary Expedition CAIRNS tourism pioneer Charles Woodward is today heading for the shipwreck … Continue reading

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Always Summer Somewhere – Sailing on the Tall Ship Soren Larsen

In response to our post, Sail this summer on the Picton Castle, Greg Winter commented, “Or try the same in the beautiful South Pacific, on the brigantine Soren Larsen. Sails out of Auckland New Zealand to the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, … Continue reading

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