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August 29, 2019

  I have had a love affair with ships and the sea since reading “20,000,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “Treasure Island” as a child. Later came Conrad, Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Coleridge and so many more. I’m up to my scuppers with these adventures. I dreamed th...

August 29, 2019

Held on the Historic Little River Waterfront in Little River SC, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival is renowned as one of the largest festivals in the Southeast were locals and vacationers alike gather to enjoy fresh local seafood from waterfront restaurants and stree...

August 29, 2019

Shipbuilding in the 1970s was a big industry in the United States. Our shipyards built cargo ships for U.S. flag companies and for foreign companies. They built drilling rigs, tankers, container ships, supply boats for the offshore industry and barges and tugs for inla...

August 29, 2019

You can’t smell it and you can’t taste, and you probably will be unconscious before you ever suspect that you're breathing a deadly gas. Unfortunately, I have had firsthand experience with seeing the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) having been directly involved with tw...

August 29, 2019

Ten years ago we became the proud owners of a 46 foot 1999 Viking Sport Cruiser (Princess Yacht) named Miracle purchased from a friend. It was bought during the pits of the recession when he was looking to upgrade to a larger boat. His problem was that no dealer wanted...

August 29, 2019

    Finally, after all the work done on the boat over the winter, we were ready to head back to Mattituck. On a beautiful Friday morning we left Bayshore and headed east. I could not decide which way to go, should I stay inside and show my wife the scenic inside passag...

August 29, 2019

Sometimes, the simplest thing can take on monumental proportions – if you get it wrong.  And setting a proper anchor, and retrieving (or “weighing it” so you can “make way”), can make all the difference in the world when the wind starts to stiffen and all the other fis...

August 29, 2019

School’s starting, summer vacations have been taken and we are heading towards the end of our recreational boating season. Always a sad time, as it has rushed by so quickly. I hope everyone has had memorable and fun times with their friends and family.
Before we put th...

August 29, 2019

Criminal charges were recently announced by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the tragic 2018 sinking of a tour boat in Missouri. The vessel was a former DUKW, converted to passenger service for sightseeing cruises. These craft are commonly called “duck...

August 29, 2019

“From a tugboat, on the river going slow
A cement bag it is dropping on down . . .”

- “Mack the Knife
Song by Frank Sinatra

Like Frank Sinatra, the U.S. Supreme Court loves all things maritime.  So much so, that its first maritime contract dispute was decided in 1781....

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