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September 24, 2020

Unaware by the American public the much-publicized 1960s era space race was as much about developing ballistic missiles as it was putting a man on the moon. And more specifically achieving submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capability because there was an equa...

September 24, 2020

There was not one woman on Captain Ahab’s whaling ship “Pequot” in Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” yet many women shipped on whalers and endured the hardships of years on board those “less than homey, blubber smelling ships”. By 1850, a sixth of whaling ships had the wi...

September 24, 2020

Mohammed bin Salman is the controversial heir apparent to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is credited with a lot of things from remaking the Saudi Government to ordering the assassination of a critical journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. The prince has a reputatio...

September 24, 2020

Located some one hundred-twenty miles up the Hudson River, it would seem to have been an unlikely site for a whaling port. However, the whaling industry out of Nantucket Island had been decimated during the Revolutionary War. Prior to the conflict, an estimated 150 wha...

This was a very good year for boat the pleasure boat industry, which had a banner year in sales, and for the boater who enjoyed hot but beautiful weather. The waters were more active than I have ever witnessed. A good portion of this can be attributed to Covid, which k...

September 24, 2020

I often wonder after doing interviews for articles, what will happen next to the people and  the businesses I write about. Some of the readers now and then inquire, especially about the old boats. They want to know if they were rebuilt, given early death by chainsaw or...

September 24, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Hines of Stratford, Connecticut stepped off of the rail car onto the cement platform of the train station. Clutching the hands of Mrs. Hines were their two young children. Mr. Hines looked at some of his fellow passengers from the steamer Gwent...

September 24, 2020

Due to the rigors of the sea, long periods of time away from home and the whim of tyrannical captains, seafarers have historically been treated as ‘wards’ of the court and with the “tenderness of a guardian.”  Boulton v. Moore, 14 F.922, 926 (N.D. Ill. 1883).  However,...

September 24, 2020

Last July, I lost one of my sailing icons, Larry Pardey. Since then, I have been reading many online accounts of his sailing resume and accomplishments; all accrues with his wife Lin Pardey. I won’t recount those exploits here, as this is more of a personal nature abou...

September 24, 2020

We find ourselves about to go pleasure boating into the twentieth century, no longer strangled by the fickle limitations of sails, frustrated by the inefficiencies of cumbersome paddlewheels, nor plagued by the permeating residue of coal dust and the bursting pipes of...

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