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This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 16

1909- At Assateague Beach, Virginia, the schooner Charley C. Weaver began taking on water. One of the crew notified the keeper that the schooner was leaking. The life-saving station's surfboat proceeded to the scene, 1-5/8 miles south of the station.  The schooner’s crew was nearly exhausted from a long spell at the pump.  Surfmen shifted her cargo of oysters.  They also tried to locate the leak, but were unsuccessful. They then went ashore and returned with the power lifeboat which towed the schooner safely over the bar.   (Source: USCG HIstorian’s Office)


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – Dec. 22

1904-Near Oak Island and Fire Island, New York the American schooner Frank W. McCullough ran aground on Fire Island Bar, 2 miles from the former station and 4 from the latter, at about 9 am. The Oak Island crew reached the vessel at 10:30 am and the Fire Island crew a half hour later. They found her pounding heavily and leaking badly. They manned the pumps and assisted the crew in throwing overboard the cargo of lumber; but on the flood tide the sea began to break over the wreck and the were


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 14

From the Navy News Service 1899 - Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands. 1939 - Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy. 1976 - USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and destroyer Bordelon (DD 881) collide during night operations 100 miles north of Scotland.


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 14

(From the Navy News Service) 1899 - Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands. 1939 - Atlantic Squadron Neutrality Patrol ships deploy. 1976 - USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and destroyer Bordelon (DD 881) collide during night operations 100 miles north of Scotland. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.


This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov 3

883-The keeper and crew of the Smith’s Island Station, Virginia (Fifth District), saw a small schooner flying a signal near Isaac Shoal, five miles away from the station. They went out to her and found on board the captain of a sloop that wrecked the night before several miles from land. He had succeeded in swimming to a bar near the beach, where he was picked up by the crew of the schooner. Finding him suffering from exposure they signaled for assistance


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – October 29

1883-At a quarter before 4 o’clock In the morning the two surfmen on patrol from the Plum Island Station (Second District), below Newburyport, Massachusetts, discovered a vessel ashore on the south breaker at the entrance of Newburyport Harbor, about half a mile northeast of the station. A signal was made to her that she was seen and the men hurried to the station and gave the alarm. The boat reached her shortly after 4 o’clock


This Day in Coast Guard History - Dec. 3

1852-Georgia grounded in a gale off Bonds, New Jersey with 290 persons on board. The life car was used to save them and all survived. 1883-The schooner Pallas with a crew of three men encountered strong head winds and heavy seas off Cape Cod, MA. About half past 5 in the morning, abreast of  Nausett lights, she sprung a leak and became unmanageable. Being close to the breakers, the crew was fearful they would be washed overboard as soon as she struck and took to their boat


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 16

1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age." 1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah 1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta (Source: Navy News Service)


2nd Fast Response Cutter Launched

Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards

Vessel named for Coast Guard hero Richard Etheridge.   The U.S. Coast Guard’s second, 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Etheridge, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the Coast Guard’s acquisition of the Sentinel- class patrol boats. While in the water, the cutter will undergo a series of tests and evaluations prior to its planned delivery early next year


Tall Ships to Sail into Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Windjammers 2012: Photo credit Boothbay Chamber of Commerce

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce announces 11 sailing schooners will visit the harbor for 'Windjammer Days'. The 2013 Windjammer Days are scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, 2013, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday the 26th. The Windjammers include: American Eagle Nathaniel Bowditch Eastwind Lazy Jack Timberwind Lewis R. French Heritage


Subsea Wreck Identifed Off NJ Coast 153 Years On

Robert J. Walker wreck investigations: Photo courtesy of NOAA

Lost after a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship 'Robert J. Walker', a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA. Twenty sailors died when the Walker sank in rough seas in the early


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 1

USS Independence (CV-62). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 1 1800 - U.S. Schooner Experiment captures French Schooner Diana. 1844 - Naval Observatory headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters. 1874 - Supply Corps purser, Lt. J. Q


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 27

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 27 1777 - Floating mines intended for use against British Fleet found in Delaware River. 1814 - Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to


Walker Wreck Added to Historic Places Register

An 1852 painting of the Robert J. Walker by W.A. K. Martin. Courtesy of The Mariners Museum

NOAA announced that the wreck of the ship USCS Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Walker served as survey ship


Ambitious Students Participate in "Project Shiphunt"

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Sony and Intel’s Project Shiphunt team of young explorers, scientists and historians has returned to shore with news of its underwater discovery: shipwrecks of the schooner M.F. Merrick and the steel freighter Etruria, in deep water off of Presque Isle in Lake Huron


Emax E-Volution: The Fastest and Greenest Superyacht Ever?

66m Ned Emax  E-Volution Profile Sauter Design.jpg

Designed by Sauter Carbon Offset and built by Ned Ship, the 66m Emax E-Volution is, according to the designer, a culmination of the best the yachting world, a vessel with a maximum speed of 28 knots and an unlimited "Zero Carbon" cruising range at 14 knots


Tug Delaware’s Restoration Underway at CBMM

the tug Delaware

In recognition of her upcoming centennial, the tug Delaware is now being restored to her 1912 appearance in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug.  


World Ocean Schoolship for Savannah Stay

Tall Ship Roseway: Photo courtesy of World Ocean School

Tall ship 'Roseway' will offer sponsored adventure training to youngsters from mooring in Westin Savannah Harbor Marina The  Roseway, one of the tall ships that visited Savannah recently as part of the Tall Ships Challenge, has chosen the city  as a permanent port of call


Wärtsilä Supports Sail Training

Learning by sailing – Wärtsilä supports youth sail training association STAF (Sail Training Association Finland) Wärtsilä has made a 10 year anchor partner agreement with STAF, a non-profit charity organisation founded to organise sail training voyages


Iconic Schooner Fitted With Pollution-free Bearings

Bluenose ll: Photo credit Thordon Bearings Inc.

Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, 'Bluenose II', fitted with Thordon Bearings' water-lubricated stern tube & rudder bearings. Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, relaunched September 29, 2012 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia fitted with pollution-free water lubricated


Marine Artist John A. Noble: Birthday Centenary Celebrations

John Noble: Photo courtesy of the Noble Maritime Collection

The Noble Maritime Collection is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Staten Island seaman artist. John A. Noble From 1928 until 1945, Noble worked as a seaman on schooners and in marine salvage.  In 1928, while on a schooner that was towing out down the Kill van Kull


Grave Condern for Missing Historic American Schooner

Grave concerns are held for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia. The vessel, built in 1928, left Opua on 29 May and has not been heard from since 4 June, 2013


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 1

Lookout on the bridge of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) keeps an alert watch for pieces of ice as the Nautilus presses closer to the Polar Ice Cap, August 1958. (NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 1 1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli 1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, Va. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 8

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 8 1813- U.S. Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario 1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95% of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 17

The following events occurred on this day, in Naval History:   1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island


 
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