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February 27, 2018

 I remember a “yachtsman” who shared a slip where I was docked in the 80s. He had just purchased a boat to spend family time. On his first outing he was rescued by the Coast Guard having broken down and swept out Jones Inlet. I asked why he didn’t deploy his anchor and...

February 27, 2018

Back in the day when diesel-electric powered submarines outlived their usefulness and were decommissioned their corpses were scrapped via traditional means and the steel sold off to be recycled into hand-tools, razor blades, and the like. However, that circumstance is...

February 27, 2018

Off the southern tip of Marco Island sits the mysterious Star Wars-style, igloo-like Cape Romano Dome House. Some locals suggest it was the community home of a secret cult, while others claim the structures had been left behind by extra-terrestrials.
Retired oil produc...

February 27, 2018

Many years ago several of us, girls who worked for Wall Street law firm partners, would meet to have lunch at Sloppy Louie’s near the Fulton Fish Market. After lunch we’d walk out to the end of the closest pier, hoping to see a tugboat docked or coming in to get lunch...

February 27, 2018

The results of the 8th American’s Cup Yacht Race in 1893 was the sloop Vigilant beating Valkyrie by 40 seconds in corrected time to successfully defend the cup! Yacht captains along Long Island’s Great South Bay were indignant over the manner; that Captain Terry was tr...

February 27, 2018

There had always been a friendly rivalry among Clipper Ship Captains in the China Trade. The ship that made the fastest time with the new crop of tea from China, gained prestige and a better price for it cargo. During the 1866-67 season there were at least 57 ships lis...

February 27, 2018

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...

February 27, 2018

When I started thinking about what I wanted to write about for this month, oddly, pistachios came to mind. Though I rarely buy them for myself, I will be the first one with my hand in the bowl at a gathering where they are served. They are a great snack. So I decided t...

February 27, 2018

Man, what a pretty lame winter fishing season for most Jersey anglers, as the offshore wreck blackfishing, ling fishing, and cod fishing was overall pretty quiet. There was a little upswing in cod fishing at the end of January into early February which may mean there c...

February 27, 2018

Not much is going on in the Q&A department, although it’s but a little bit of time before everyone’s thoughts are going to turn to get their boats ready for spring fishing and the questions that generate. I did get a question at my local, ahem, watering hole, from a ge...

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