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September 24, 2020

Mohammed bin Salman is the controversial heir apparent to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is credited with a lot of things from remaking the Saudi Government to ordering the assassination of a critical journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. The prince has a reputatio...

August 27, 2020

The first time I ever saw the sailing vessel Flying Cloud it was anchored in a place called Dead Horse Bay just opposite Floyd Bennett airfield in Brooklyn, New York.
Her mast has been unstepped and she was painted Navy gray. For a great sailing yacht, she looked forlo...

July 23, 2020

One of the great paradoxes of maritime history is that the invention of the steamboat by Robert Fulton actually played a significant role in the development of horse- powered ferries in nineteenth century America. Few people recall that Robert Fulton had been commissio...

June 30, 2020

When the subject of maritime disasters at sea arises, the first name that almost always comes to mind is Titanic. With a loss of 1,500 souls, some of them very famous like John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the story has been retold in several dramatic films. Wi...

There are lots of emotion involved when you are selling your boat, especially if the reason for selling it is not because you’re buying a bigger, better or newer boat. I put my 46 ft. Bertram Motor Yacht up for sale simply because my wife is no longer able to safely en...

February 27, 2020

There are probably not enough superlatives in my vocabulary to adequately describe the new Carnival Cruise Line ship now under construction. The fact she will carry 6,630 passengers and an Italian crew of 1,745 indicate that everything about this 1,130 foot floating re...

January 31, 2020

There was a time when at any harbor the only sounds you really heard where the chirp of seagulls and the tap of lines beaten by the wind against masts. The occasional foghorn and clanging bell buoy added to maritime music. Then along came the gasoline engine with new s...

January 2, 2020

The name of the super-yacht is HOKULANI, which means “heavenly star" from the Hawaiian word hōkū  or "star" and lani for "heaven, sky, royal, majesty". She is just a little over 150 feet in length,  28 feet beam, draft is 6.23 feet and she displaces 380 tons. This eleg...

November 8, 2019

I recently did a story for a local magazine about an old overshot water wheel mill on Cow Creek in Gloucester Virginia. In the process of researching that mill, I found the Popular Grove Plantation Tide Mill in Haywood, Virginia. Both were grist mills that ground corn...

September 25, 2019

 I love my 46-foot Bertram, but I have always wished it had a 24 volt system rather than the 32 volt system Bertram installed when they built it. It has gotten so I expect to be told how impossible it is to get anything in 32 volts these days because “they just don’t m...

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