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November 10, 2020

For over two-hundred years the Mystic River in Connecticut was a center for New England’s shipbuilding industry. Many of the 1400 ships built there went on to have long successful careers. One ship that gained fame at the time and now is almost forgotten is the steamer...

November 10, 2020

Here we are, sliding into winter. Most pleasure boats are being pulled and winterized. It was a real relief to be in boating this year with Covid 19 wreaking havoc. At least you were on the water with a fresh breeze in your face while social distancing with those fish...

November 10, 2020

There has been a seething hatred between the Irish people and the British government for more years than anyone can remember. Undoubtedly, a major cause is what happened to the Irish people during the potato famine in the late 1840s and how the English bureaucrats allo...

November 10, 2020

From the advent of submarine design, a crucial obstacle was the ability to provide life support for the crews and later-on combustion air for propulsion engines, hence, early submarines ran solely on batteries while submerged and so were considered to be electric boats...

November 10, 2020

My first serious boyfriend introduced me to a treat I never forgot. A diver, he sometimes came across lobsters in the ocean off Fire Island. His mother steamed the three he found at a wreck off Ocean Beach, provided lots of melted butter and showed me how to use the to...

The wind was light from the east that lovely Sunday morning in September, sailing from Little Peconic Bay to deliver the newest member of our fleet, the 29-foot sloop Caprice back to the other end of Long Island in Brooklyn. This vessel would begin its new life as a pl...

November 10, 2020

After four very long years of world-wide death, destruction and immeasurable sacrifice (lots of it on beaches formerly trod upon for simple seaside pleasures), by the late 1940’s we American’s were ready to start enjoying ourselves again. Rationing of everything from f...

November 10, 2020

Like many boaters, I have had a dinghy with a small gas-powered outboard engine sitting on the stern of my boat for many years. It has been useful in getting to and from a dock or a beach while overnighting on the hook. I also have used it to explore little coves with...

November 10, 2020

The winter flounder with its mild, slightly sweet white flesh, is frequently sought by recreational fishermen as a great food source. Easily prepared with its thin fillets and delicate flakes, it is recognized as a healthy source of dietary protein, B-vitamins and niac...

The cold weather will is upon us and while many “Fair weather skippers” have hauled, winterized and wrapped their boats for the harsh winter weather, there are those die-hards, mostly fisher folk, who boat all year.  Here are some tips and reminders to keep you, your c...

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November 10, 2020

November 10, 2020