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November 2, 2017

 It’s been a strange summer. Certainly enjoyable, but somehow different.

Muggier than most and lacking those hot days with cooling winds from the south that sea folks in coastal area revel in.  Fishing was poorer with a few exceptions and the vast schools of baitfish of...

November 2, 2017

The remarkable adventures of men of color, while sailing the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern (Antarctica) oceans are not mentioned on their Seaman Protection Certificates.  Their stories are found buried in the international newspapers, crew lists, and l...

November 2, 2017

 The battle rages on.
Earlier this year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it down listed the Florida manatee from “endangered” to “threatened.” 

In its review, the feds considered the status of the roly-poly West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) t...

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...

November 2, 2017

Standing on a bluff, some 70 feet above sea level, the Montauk Point Lighthouse has traditionally served as a navigational aid for ships headed for New York and Long Island Sound. Established in 1797, President George Washington is said to have predicted that the Conne...

November 2, 2017

Here is a little-known fact, October 30th is Checklist Day. Who knew? Another piece of trivia, apropos of nothing. The first, or at least most well known check list was developed after the crash of the prototype B-17 (Boeing Model 299). Seems the test pilots jumped in...

November 2, 2017

Peter Allen’s song from “All That Jazz” in 1979 makes us think of all the things we discarded from an earlier time and how they resurface and are seen as useful again. Going back to the 1800s, the world’s first fleet of electric launches for hire was established on the...

November 2, 2017

Once again, it’s time for a quick look at all the strange, odd, stupid, funny … but true … aquatic-related stories we missed over the past 12 months.

I’ll Show You!
Back on January 6, 2017, a York, Pennsylvania woman was parked at a boat ramp, when police, whom she ha...

November 2, 2017

Each month, an interesting aspect of the world’s oldest continuous maritime time 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...

November 2, 2017

By now, many boaters in the Northeast are finishing up with shrink wrapping, double-checking engines, and settling in for the winter. Thoughts may shift from memories of raft-ups and weeknight races to boat shows and good books for the winter. But the learning curve ne...

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