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February 27, 2020

There was a time that there were scallops in Zacks Bay. There were also mussels, soft and hard shell clams too, all within my lifetime. Bays all over Long Island had significant stands of eel grass that swarmed with grass shrimp and sea horses (How often

do you see the...

February 27, 2020

The United States Navy Submarine Service has been officially in existence for one hundred and twenty years ever since the Holland VI was commissioned USS Holland SS-1 becoming the U.S. Navy's first submarine.  Submarines had not been widely operated by world navies bef...

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...

February 27, 2020

When I thanked Harold Rudd for the interesting boat pictures he sent me to be used with an earlier article, he sent another album of 80 pictures, most all of boats commonly seen on the Amazon River, workboats that handle every kind of native made goods leaving the coun...

February 27, 2020

The two former warships lay in the becalmed tranquil waters of Funchal, Madeira. The last foreign port call of their annual training voyage completed, cadets on both vessels worked diligently to ensure that all preparations had been made to leave the port in their wake...

February 27, 2020

For over 32 years the steamboat Block Island led a charmed life and was never involved in a major accident. This picturesque steamboat was part of an excursion fleet that plied the waters between the Thames River and Block Island. She was built to serve the growing sum...

February 27, 2020

In the last issue, we saw how the Roman pleasure barges provided the basic design concept for all recreational boats to come. The recent popularity of deck boats ⎯ a scaled-back and modernized version of the pleasure barge ⎯ demonstrates that repeating history is not n...

February 27, 2020

We all have something in common… we’re not as young as we used to be! There was time when I really felt that few physical activities presented an obstacle and when I’d eagerly trade my comfort for adventure and excitement.  Hiking the Australian outback, fishing far fr...

February 27, 2020

Last winter I wrote about the major project I had undertaken on our boat Keeper. In the article (Putting It All Together) I spoke of how the engines had been removed and I designed, among other items, a new raw water cooling system for the engines. While the seawater p...

February 27, 2020

Yahoooo… It’s March and that means my boat goes back in the water before the month ends. I like having the boat in early. There are things that always need to be done before the fish show up. My wife Gina is always amazed at how much I love to organize my fishing gear....

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