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June 30, 2020

Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs).
Like Nautilus before, another revolution in submarine warfare came with the commi
ssioning in 1959 of USS George Washington SSBN-598 that provided the U.S. Navy with the capability of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (S...

June 30, 2020

The National Weather Service has studied every kind of wave and has tracked tsunamis and possible tsunamis, those generated by earthquakes and those induced by volcanic activity. Tsunamis are giant waves caused by movement of plates in the earth or underwater eruptions...

 Recently I had a strange encounter on Oak Beach near Fire Island Inlet. Walking in the moonlight on the beach west of the Sore Thumb, I saw the water become confused with thrashing. I stopped short and stood still as a strangely dressed man emerged from the waves. He...

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...

June 30, 2020

Sometime around 19,000 years ago, Long Island Sound was a freshwater lake! Had you, at the time, been able to walk its beaches, you might have seen icebergs floating on its surface and its waters clouded by fine glacial sediments. As the lake grew, it evolved into what...

June 30, 2020

This is second in a series of Long Island Boating World’s look into multi-generational families that service our region's nautical needs.  
 
Coecles Marina on Shelter Island is located two-thirds the way into Coecles Harbor on the west side. (https://www.chmb.net ) Th...

June 30, 2020

Look how far we’ve come from the days of those wayward Neanderthals and their crude log rafts. Save for the introduction of teak wood, boating by the 18th century had evolved into an integral, incontestable and wholly favorable aspect within the course of human events....

June 30, 2020

The spring commissioning rush has or is about to start over much of the country. While most of us do a decent job of getting our boats ready for the water, there are at least five areas many of us overlook. Often that failure to check comes back to haunt us later in th...

June 30, 2020

Every boater has (hopefully) heard of the rule of “red, right, return” meaning to keep the red buoys on your right when returning from sea.  What many don’t realize is that this old chestnut is one of many that represent the embedded knowledge of centuries of seafaring...

June 30, 2020

Each month, an interesting aspect of the world’s oldest continuous maritime service will be highlighted. The men and women of the United States Coast Guard follow in the fine tradition of the brave mariners who have served before them. As sentinels and saviors of the s...

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