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USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” Leaves Drydock

After a two year drydocking for restoration work, USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” has returned to the waters of Boston harbor. The frigate is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Launched for the first time in 1797, she earned her … Continue reading

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USS Constitution Shifts to Drydock

Last night, the USS Constitution was shifted to Dry Dock #1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be undergoing a three year refurbishment. USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” entered service in the U.S. Navy on … Continue reading

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Serious Threat to Endangered Whales – Ship Strikes & Entangling Nets

One of the greatest threats to many endangered species of whale is being run down by ships or getting entangled in fishing nets.  This week, federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay that features … Continue reading

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“Old Ironsides” – 1950’s Newsreel about USS Constitution

We recently posted about OpSail 2012 and Boston’s weeklong celebration of  the USS Constitution and the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after British round shot bounced off her oak planks, is the world’s … Continue reading

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Stepping the Masts on the Boston Tea Party Ship Beaver

We recently posted on “Pouring the Ballast on the Boston Tea Party Ship Beaver.” A follow up video on stepping the masts: Stepping the Masts in Boston [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Tokg1YDEVYg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen] Thanks to Tom Russell of the  Traditional … Continue reading

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Weekend Round-up – Chicago Maritime Festival, New England Boat Show, and Big U Fundraiser

For a late winter weekend, this one is busy with maritime events.   The Chicago Maritime Festival this weekend sounds fantastic.  “Daytime activities include maritime history, lighthouses, shipwrecks, model boats for kids, life raft demonstrations, marine art, songs for younger sailors, knot tying and … Continue reading

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Cruise Industry Changes – Boston Sets Record, Philly Pulling Out, and Cruises Returning to Cuba

The cruise industry continues to change.  While Boston reported a record number of cruise passengers traveling through its cruise terminal in 2010, the city of Philadelphia is planning on turning its cruise terminal into an an Urban Outfitters retail store, having only two cruise ships scheduled to call … Continue reading

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HMS Somerset resurfaces off Cape Cod

In his poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described HMS Somersett on the night of April 18, 1775: Just as the moon rose over the bay, Where swinging wide at her moorings lay The Somerset, British man-of-war; … Continue reading

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