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August 27, 2020

In Part I last month, we told the story of the sinking of the steamboat ‘Lexington’ in 1840, the worst disaster in the history of Long Island Sound. This installment is about Ben Roberts and his side-scan sonar efforts to document the ‘Lexington’ and other New York are...

August 27, 2020

You’re fishing the long Island Sound on your boat near Port Jeff with your buddy. It’s getting towards sunset and it’s time to call it a day.  The water shines with red highlights and you have a few fish aboard. Your buddy is pulling up the last fish of the day when th...

August 27, 2020

Civil War Through the Cold War Era
Just as submarines have evolved from the earliest days of the Alligator and the USS Holland so too have their weaponry. The word torpedo is rooted in the name of electric sea rays whose name comes from the Latin torpere meaning "to be...

August 27, 2020

You might have expected the Spring/Summer boat selling season would be a washout after people lost jobs and work time as a result of the coronavirus, but just the opposite happened. The sudden short supply of new boats are the result of families being in lockdown, work...

August 27, 2020

The first time I ever saw the sailing vessel Flying Cloud it was anchored in a place called Dead Horse Bay just opposite Floyd Bennett airfield in Brooklyn, New York.
Her mast has been unstepped and she was painted Navy gray. For a great sailing yacht, she looked forlo...

August 27, 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...

August 27, 2020

The rhythm of waves, breaking on the rocky sea wall welcomes visitors to the bluff at Watch Hill. Gazing out over the coastal Atlantic waters, Block Island and Montauk stand at a distance; four nautical miles to the west, the tip of Fishers Island come into view. To th...

August 27, 2020

With the COVID pandemic around people want to be safe and yet have a fun boating season. This means traveling from the bubble of your house to that same bubble on your boat with the people you live with or trust. One boating vacation destination to consider is Fire Isl...

August 27, 2020

 Well, it’s not quite that time yet (end of season),but  it’s never too soon to start some preparations.
My yard requires masts be pulled for winter storage, something about those winter gales and all that windage having an effect on the jack stands. That always l...

August 27, 2020

If you were asked to design something for your boat that was almost always bound to break and ruin your day, could you possibly come up with something more fitting than a huge circular wooden wheel thing hanging off the side⎯or one on each side, actually⎯ especially wh...

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