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The Mariner’s Guide to the Port of New York and New Jersey

New York Harbor is the busiest port on the east coast of the United States. Here is a fascinating video about the challenges and dangers of the being on the water where cargo ships, tugs and barges, ferries, sailboats, power … Continue reading

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The Summer of the Shark, Jersey Shore 1916 — the Birth of “Jaws”

One hundred years ago today, Americans learned to be afraid of sharks. On the evening of July 1, 1916, Charles Vansant, 25, of Philadelphia was on vacation with his family at the beach-side resort town of Beach Haven on the New Jersey … Continue reading

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Mystery Longshoremen Walkout Briefly Shuts Down N.J. & N.Y. Piers

On Friday, more 4,000 longshoremen walked off the job shutting down piers and container terminals in New York and New Jersey. By Saturday, the most longshoreman had returned to work. Strangely, no one seems to know why the wildcat strike … Continue reading

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New Jersey Oyster Madness

In the east side of New York harbor, the New York State side, the lowly oyster is a hero.  Not only will restored oyster beds help filter and clean the water of the harbor, they could also play a critical … Continue reading

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Salt and Cabotage — Is the Jones Act Being Blamed for Poor Planning?

International Salt, a major salt company, has just about run out of salt to supply the State of New Jersey.  The salt is used to control ice on the roads, and to run out in the middle of a very … Continue reading

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From Steamship to Sewer Vent – The Mast of the Malta and the Queen of the South

Next to a 7-11 convenience store on 8th Avenue, about a half block from the beach, in the New Jersey shore community of Belmar, there is a tall sewer standpipe, a vertical vent designed to carry the noxious smells from … Continue reading

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The Oyster – Environmental Hero in New York and a Criminal in New Jersey

Recently a number of newspapers have run an Associated Press article  titled, “New York’s new environmental ‘hero’ – the oyster.”  The article describes how researchers are reseeding oysters in New York harbor   Each oyster can filter about 50 gallons of water a … 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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Storytelling at the Bivalve Shipping Sheds

If Detroit was and is the “motor city,” then perhaps Bivalve, New Jersey was the Oyster Capital of the World.  By the late 1880s, 90 railcars full of oysters were shipped from Bivalve every week.  Oysters were once the largest … Continue reading

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