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December 27, 2017

We are privileged to be seeing a resurgence of whales along coastal New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Right, Finback and Humpback Whales are seen in greater quantities in these waters since there decimation by coastal whaling and long range harvesting from 1640...

December 27, 2017

The Marco Polo was, in 1851, the biggest ship ever to be built at the James Smith Ship Yard in St John, New Brunswick, Canada.  With her going down the slipway were the hopes and dreams of her builder and the whole community.
Trouble started early in her construction w...

December 27, 2017

The Cuban Missile Crisis refers to a 13-day  confrontation between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) between October 16 to 28, 1962 relating to American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequential Soviet ballis...

December 27, 2017

“See you at Sunset!” It’s a frequent greeting in Pass-a-Grille. Folks gather at the Paradise Grille to watch the glowing red-orange sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico horizon. One lucky guest is chosen to ring a ceremonial ship’s bell, exactly 15 times. Over the past two...

December 27, 2017

The 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) this past October is said to have been the largest boat show in the world.  This year over 1500 boats ranging from seven to 257 feet were on display.  The total exhibition space contained 3 million square feet ov...

December 27, 2017

Usually, as soon as I write a column on de-commissioning the boat for the winter season, Indian Summer arrives to bathe us in the last warmth of the year.  But I think we’re safe now! This is but a reminder that the many months of kindly weather are behind us and many...

December 27, 2017

Robert Mowry was barely 17 when he joined the US Navy. Following Basic Training, he was assigned to the escort destroyer USS Turner. Commissioned in April 1943, the ship provided protection to convoys destined for southern Europe and north Africa.
In October of that ye...

December 27, 2017

Amid the incredible natural beauty of Lake Champlain there came in 1906, a beauty of another sort, the Lake Champlain steamboat Ticonderoga. Lake Champlain has always offered an easy water route from New York and Vermont to Montreal, Canada and Quebec City through the...

December 27, 2017

 As he led his housekeeper down to the boathouse at the foot of West Thirty-Fourth Street, Nicholas Michels reflected on what a wonderful day it was for getting some fresh air on the waters of the North River. He could afford an hour of relaxation from the daily grind...

December 27, 2017

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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