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August 29, 2019

You can’t smell it and you can’t taste, and you probably will be unconscious before you ever suspect that you're breathing a deadly gas. Unfortunately, I have had firsthand experience with seeing the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) having been directly involved with tw...

July 29, 2019

Overshadowed in history by the American Revolution and the Civil war, the war of 1812 is none the less an important part of the history of the United States. A part of that history may have recently been discovered in the Patuxent River, undisturbed for almost 200 year...

His top-secret orders from the British Admiralty commanded him to search for “a Continent or Land of great extent” and that when he found it to take possession of that country “in the Name of the King of Great Britain.” That was the mission undertaken by Captain James...

If you are wondering what kind of a yacht a person with all the money in the world might want to build, let me tell you about the Octopus. Remember the old quote from JP Morgan when someone asked the millionaire how much it would cost to have a yacht like his? He answe...

April 30, 2019

Far from the hustle and bustle of St Marks Square teaming with tourists eager to see the wonders of Venice, Italy, there is a quiet little canal on the eastern end of the city that leads to the entrance of what is known as the Arsenale di Venezia, (Venice Arsenal). At...

April 7, 2019

“ You can only say you know how to
master a gondola when, while rowing,

you’re able to place a full glass of wine aboard

and not spill a drop.”
Quote from “Beneath the Lion’s Wings”

Matthew “Marcello” Haynes was born to be a gondolier. Although he is not Italian, he s...

January 28, 2019

Although I love learning about tall ships and how they could be severely damaged in sea battles and miraculously been repaired by their ship’s carpenters, frankly, I never thought much about how they managed to work on parts of the ship under the water line. Then a few...

December 31, 2018

A road trip to view the autumn leaves is a kind of family tradition with us. The splendor of red, yellow and golden leaves is an autumn treat we never miss. This year, while driving through familiar Virginia country, we came to a cornfield that had changed dramatically...

November 7, 2018

J.P Morgan is often credited with saying: “If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it”, when he was asked by a fellow millionaire how much a nice yacht would cost. Certainly, when you are buying the kind of yachts J.P. Morgan really enjoyed you need big bucks. Ir...

September 25, 2018

Sometimes called the Golden Century of Yachting, the period between 1830 and 1930 produced some incredible yachts that were marvels in their beauty and extravagance. Millionaires competed with each other by displaying their wealth in their lavish yachts. But not all of...

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