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August 23, 2018

What motivates a man to build a 282-foot yacht that is considered by some to be the most beautiful yacht every built? Obviously, you have to have tons of money. Adnan Khashoggi was an arms dealer with connections to the Saudi Royal family. His business grew enormously...

July 26, 2018

The luxury yacht Candace was opulent at a time during the Golden Century, 1830-1930, when the lavish display of wealth was common place in the toys of the rich and famous. She was built at Cook, Welton and Gemmell in a place called Hull, England in 1903. Candace was 20...

June 26, 2018

One cannot but marvel at the ingenuity of man in his or her search for better more efficient ways to provide food for themselves and their families.  One of the greatest examples of this ingenuity is the pound net. No one is quite sure exactly who first figured out thi...

April 25, 2018

Odds are you have never called the Coast Guard for an emergency. Sure, you learned about it when you took a safe boating course and you know what to do. However, chances are you have never done or haven’t done it in a long time. So here, by way of a refresher, is the s...

April 6, 2018

saster struck on the night of Friday January 13th, 2012 when the luxury line Costa Concordia  smashed against an 80-ton rock that lay within a submerged reef off the Tuscan coast of Giglio.
She was cursing from the port of Civtavecchio to Savona Italy a route that she...

December 27, 2017

The Marco Polo was, in 1851, the biggest ship ever to be built at the James Smith Ship Yard in St John, New Brunswick, Canada.  With her going down the slipway were the hopes and dreams of her builder and the whole community.
Trouble started early in her construction w...

November 2, 2017

Prohibition conjures up images of the Great Gatsby, Flappers the Charleston and the Volstead act. The roaring twenties was a time when adults seemed to abandon all the rules their parents held so dear. The sky was the limit. Speake

asies, where bootleg liquor was served...

August 12, 2017

For anyone who has read the stories or seen the movies about the exploits of John F. Kennedy when he skippered the PT 109, the Patrol Torpedo boat has to have earned a special place in their memory. The

PT, made famous by their daring exploits in WWII has its origins s...

Not too long ago I was invited by the Skipper of a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise boat, the Wendy Lee. The plan was to attend a weekend long event celebrating the famous wooden deadrise boats.  The boat arrived at my dock bright and early on a Saturday morning. I had picked u...

My home is located on Jackson Creek in Deltaville, Virginia. It was owned by a Chesapeake Bay Waterman named John Ward who was the skipper of the buyboat Nellie Crocket. The Nellie Crockett docked at the pier behind my house, where I now keep my Bertram. For decades Jo...

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