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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...