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November 8, 2019

By any measure, it would have seemed to have been an unlikely place to build a fort. Most of the Pea Patch Island was an intertidal mud flat, with an average of a little more than three feet above sea level. Its highest point rose to nine feet. During spring high tides...

November 8, 2019

Narragansett Bay is the scene of many hundreds of shipwrecks. The exact number is not known but one of the most unusual is the wreck of the Cape Fear because the Cape Fear  was a ship made of cement.
The cement freighter was
266 feet long and weighed 2800 tons. Her hull...

November 8, 2019

I recently did a story for a local magazine about an old overshot water wheel mill on Cow Creek in Gloucester Virginia. In the process of researching that mill, I found the Popular Grove Plantation Tide Mill in Haywood, Virginia. Both were grist mills that ground corn...

November 8, 2019

 Now let’s get this straight! See my name up there? It’s my real name. It’s not the Americanized “Mark” Nuccio. Here’s some background. I went to overwhelmingly Irish Catholic schools. Classmates, nuns, priests, and brothers all ate baloney and white bread sandwiches e...

November 8, 2019

I had relocated in July of 2018 from my home of thirty-one years in NJ to a resort oceanfront condo on the illustrious Myrtle Beach (MB) in South Carolina. Subsequently, having been settled in for barely two months Hurricane Florence reared her ugly head as a Category...

November 8, 2019

It’s amazing how high boat and fuel prices foster ingenuity, especially where fuel economy is concerned. Take that title, above, for example. What the heck is strawlering anyway? An innovative solution to high prices? A cheaper way to go boating? Complete clap-trap?
St...

November 8, 2019

The last day for 33 passengers and one crew member aboard the 75-foot w

ooden and  fiberglass dive boat CONCEPTION was Sept. 2, 2019. The vessel became engulfed in flames at 3 a.m. off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. with the full complement of passengers asleep and...

November 8, 2019

Last month I mentioned several projects that were ongoing even while we used our boat. This included stopping leaks from the window frames and changing fuel filters.
 Another project that we started
was eliminating the sink located behind the helm and above the outside...

November 8, 2019

The Genesis of Boatniks
 I am a boatnik to the marrow. My life is consumed with thoughts of boats. There are lots of people like me; perhaps you’re a boatnik, too. But how did it all get started? What evolutionary quirks created our subspecies, “Homo-boatnik-erectus”?
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November 8, 2019

As the temperatures continue to drop, we need to focus now on skippering in heavy weather – because it is coming. This column is about that.

Heavy Water
Why is heavy weather more dangerous as we move into the Fall? Well, putting hurricanes aside which are in their own...

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