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Fourth Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Independence Seaport Museum

This Saturday the Fourth Annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held at the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.   The festival will kick off with a Parade of Sail featuring the tall ships Gazela and AJ Meerwald as … Continue reading

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Will a Governor’s Pen Sink the Battleship USS New Jersey?

The Battleship USS New Jersey has survived a lot.  Commissioned in 1943, she fought in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and supported U.S. operations during the Lebanese Civil War in 1983. Despite her success in combat, recent … Continue reading

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Update: Plea Bargain in Delaware Duck Boat/Barge Collision

Last July, a barge pushed by the tug Caribbean Sea struck a disabled tourist “duck boat” at anchor in the Delaware River.   Two tourists drowned in the collision.  A report by the National Transportation Safety Board said the tug’s mate Matthew Devlin was on his … Continue reading

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Beaufort Group Bids on the Cruiser Olympia

A group in Beaufort, SC is bidding on acquiring the Cruiser Olympia. Beaufort group bids on century-old ship A Beaufort organization is bidding to become the next home of the ship Commodore George Dewey used as his flagship at the Battle of … Continue reading

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Update: Duck Boats Return to the Delaware

The Ducks have returned to the Delaware River.   Not mallards, but duck boats. Last July a tug pushing a barge ran down a disabled “Duck boat” DUKW 34 at anchor in the Delaware River off Philadelphia. Two of the 35 … Continue reading

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Fishtown Shadfest

Until fairly recently, every springtime, American shad made their annual runs up the Delaware, Hudson, Connecticut and other rivers of the East and Northeast to spawn.   The shad fishery in the Hudson lasted until the 1970s when their numbers dropped precipitously.  After dropping off … Continue reading

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U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle begins 75th-anniversary Tour

The US Coast Guard Barque Eagle,  built  in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936, arrived in Philadelphia on Friday, on the first stop of her 75th anniversary tour. The tall ship Eagle has landed _ in Philadelphia

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Mate on the Phone With his Mother During Collision with Duck Boat

Last July, there was a collision involving the tug Caribbean Sea pushing a barge and a disabled “Duck boat” DUKW 34 at anchor in the Delaware River off Philadelphia. Two of the 35 passengers on the duck boat drowned in … Continue reading

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The Big U to become a dockside casino? What are the odds?

They are two projects in trouble.  One is a group of ship enthusiasts trying to save the rusting hulk of an historic passenger liner and the other, an Indian tribe trying to save a long-delayed casino project. Yesterday, the SS … Continue reading

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Trouble on the Delaware – Three Historic Ships at Risk

The day after Philadelphia’s tall ship, the newly repaired, Gazela, arrived in New York harbor, an article in this morning’s New York Times focussed on the three historic ships in trouble on the Delaware River, in or near Philadelphia – the Olympia, the battleship … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Duck Boat Overturns in Collision with Barge in Delaware River

A tourist amphibious duck boat overturned after colliding with a barge in the Delaware River this after noon.   Of the 37 aboard the duck boat, two are still reported missing. Philadelphia Duck Boat Overturns; Dozens Rescued

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Scraping bids out for SS United States

Yesterday we posted that the Independence Seaport Museum doesn’t have the money to support the upkeep of the USS Olympia nor does it have the money to dredge the channel to tow her away.  On the other side of the … Continue reading

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