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July 23, 2020

The 1840 fire that sank the steamboat Lexington remains the worst disaster on Long Island Sound. And now history buffs can get a better sense of what the shipwreck looks like thanks to an Amagansett diver and maritime historian’s side scan-sonar documentation project.
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"Comparing Two Giants of Nautical Literature"

Ernest Hemingway once said “modern literature began with

“Huckleberry Finn” but E.L. Doctorow argued that it was “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville “that swallowed civilization whole”.  Melville (1819-91) was born in New York Ci...

July 23, 2020

One of the great paradoxes of maritime history is that the invention of the steamboat by Robert Fulton actually played a significant role in the development of horse- powered ferries in nineteenth century America. Few people recall that Robert Fulton had been commissio...

July 23, 2020

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...

July 23, 2020

Rising gracefully toward the ocean’s surface, the umbrella-shaped creature with short, near transparent tentacles, resembles a spaceship from another galaxy. Easily identified by the four small, whitish to pinkish, horseshoe-shaped structures near the center of its bel...

July 23, 2020

Before the coronavirus changed the way we live, parents went to work and children went to school. Now, if they’re lucky, parents work from home and children are also expected to work from home on schoolwork issued online from their teachers. It’s a given that you can’t...

July 23, 2020

Not all of us have beautiful, pristine masts on our boats. Some of them are, shall we say, “experienced”. Now you could take it to a professional and have them do it. They would probably sandblast or bead blast the mast then apply several coats of Awlgrip primer, sandi...

July 23, 2020

  Sailboat operator cited for "Rule 9" Violation after crossing in front of tanker near Stockton

Back on April 18, 2020, the skipper of a sailboat blithely sailed in front of 550-foot tanker in a narrow channel near Stockton, California.  Even if you are not an experien...

It is the start of another boating season. Boats are in the water, plans for cruises are set, and we are all ready for some FUN IN THE SUN … Stop!!! Let’s not allow our enthusiasm cause us to overlook the sun and heat related risks we are sure to encounter. Sunburn, de...

July 23, 2020

Texting Liability Hits the High Seas, And So Far, It's A Rough Voyage

As the waterways embrace new businesses, litigation is sure to follow.  Now you can catch a water taxi or commuter ferry and get just about anywhere around the City.  But, recent marine casualties dem...

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