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Fleet Week NYC Parade of Ships — View from the Deck of USS Bataan

Yesterday thousands lined the shores of the Hudson to watch the Fleet Week Parade of Ships. Unfortunately, this year, I couldn’t be there. Here, courtesy of the US Navy, is a unique view of the festivities from the flight deck … Continue reading

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Scheduling & Sailing the America’s Cup on an Uncooperative River

This afternoon, the Americas’ Cup will return to New York.  Well, not the cup itself, and the races aren’t for the cup either. They are qualifying races for the big races next year. But they will be raced on super-fast AC45 … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Racing Returns to New York, May 7 – 8th

In early May, America’s Cup racing will return to New York City for the first time since 1920. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta, one of a series of warm-up races sailed in AC 45s, 45′ foiling catamarans, … Continue reading

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Seal Waving From Ice Patch in the Hudson River

Some folks think that those around New York City are unfriendly, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is a short video of a seal resting on a patch of ice in the Hudson River waving at Megan Viscovich … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking Returning to Hamburg

Good, if rather bittersweet, news for those of us around New York harbor. The windjammer Peking, a fixture of New York’s South Street Seaport for over 40 years, will be returning to its original home port in Hamburg, Germany for … Continue reading

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New York’s Gowanus Canal — Watch out for the Three-Eyed Catfish

A fisherman recently may or may not have caught a three-eyed catfish in New York’s Gowanus Canal.  Why anyone would fish in the canal is a question that immediately comes to mind, immediately followed by “what would you do with … Continue reading

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The French Navy Ship Insere and the Statue of Liberty

Today’s “Google Doodle,” the changing graphic that appears at the top of the Google search page, is a whimsical memorial to the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York. “Google is celebrating America’s most famous gift from France … Continue reading

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Piracy, Packet Ships and the Erie Canal — Why New York is the Center of US Publishing

This week, Book Expo America and Book-Con, collectively among of the largest book publishing events in the world, are being held in New York City, on the Hudson River in the Javit’s Center. (My novel, The Shantyman, is one of seemingly countless books … Continue reading

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Farewell to Newtown Creek, New York’s Lovely “Honey Tanker”

The Newtown Creek was recently sold at auction. At 324′ long and 49.6′ wide, she is a lovely coastal tanker that traversed New York harbor’s waters for close to a half century.  For a vessel of her size and type, I always found … Continue reading

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Vacuuming New York’s Blue Whale

My favorite place in New York’s American Museum of Natural History is the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, where a 94 foot long blue whale appears to be swimming through space.  The whale is a 21,000-pound fiberglass model of a female blue … Continue reading

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Humpback Whales off New York Harbor

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of whales off New York harbor. In 2011, researchers from Cornell recorded the sounds of fin whale, blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, sei whale, and the North … Continue reading

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Will the Real Gallus Mag, or Meg, Stand Up? No Biting, Please

In New York City, there is a story told about Gallus Mag, the bouncer at the ‘Hole in the Wall‘, a bar and brothel on Water Street on the East River waterfront in the mid-1800s. Standing well over 6’ tall, she … Continue reading

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Vows: Can a Captain Marry Us?

From the New York Times: Hollywood gave a big boost to the myth that captains could legally join couples on the open seas. In New York, Captain Arnold Wonsever, an ordained minister, is making this myth a reality.

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When the Harbor Froze in New York

Much of the US is suffering under a “polar vortex,” which has plunged temperatures into single digits and wind chills well into negative numbers. Here on the west bank of the Hudson River the temperature is around 4 F with … Continue reading

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Schooner Lettie G. Howard Returns to New York’s South Street Seaport

OK, we are a week late and it is snowing outside, but we do want to to wish the schooner Lettie G. Howard the warmest of welcomes now that she has returned to her berth at the South Street Seaport. We … Continue reading

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Sixth Annual City of Water Day in New York Harbor – Saturday July 20th

This weekend, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day will be sponsoring celebrations and activities all around the harbor.  Festivities will be held at Governor’s Island, New York and in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side as well at 25 … Continue reading

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Horrible News for New York’s South Street Seaport Museum

Back in 2011, there was new hope for the New York’s South Street Seaport Museum when the struggling institution was rescued by the City Museum of New York.  A $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave the City Museum … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Vessel in New York City

I would argue that the wind is, in fact, created by the sun, so all sailing ships are also solar powered, perhaps once removed. The Turanor Planetsolar is, nevertheless, a fascinating vessel. Following her successful circumnavigation, she is now engaged … Continue reading

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Fifth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival at Pier 25 in Manhattan June 20 – 23

If you are in the New York area, check out the North River Historic Ship Festival that starts with a kickoff gala tomorrow night and runs through Sunday. The festivities include: A gala reception honoring A.J. Pietrantone, the former executive director … Continue reading

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New York Alligators – In the Peconic River, not the Sewers

For more than 80 years, there has been an urban legend about congregations of alligators living in the depths of New York City sewers. (Yes,a group of alligators is called a “congregation.” I didn’t know that either until I looked … Continue reading

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