Visit the Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN


Still looking for something to do this Independence Day weekend? The S. S. JOHN W. BROWN is one of two still operational Liberty ships from World War II and was launched on 7 September 1942 from Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard at Sparrows Point, Maryland.  She will be open for tours at Fells Point in Baltimore as part of Family Fun Week from 3 to 6 July. This is a great … [Read more...]

Lifeboats, Liferafts and the Sunken Ferry M/V SEWOL


On April 16, 2014 the Korean-flagged passenger ferry M/V SEWOL sank resulting in a large loss of life of the passengers. While this story will continue to develop as this disaster is investigated, there are a number of questions that should be included as part of the investigation. In relation to the disaster, these are mere side-questions, in that I do not think that the … [Read more...]

David Macaulay Does the SS UNITED STATES


David Macaulay is an author and illustrator well known to most all American children. His book UNDERGROUND has to be one of my all-time favorites when I was a kid. Mr. Macaulay next book will feature drawings of the great cruise liner SS UNITED STATES. Here is the press release which notes that he was a former passenger on the great ship: Dear SS United States Conservancy … [Read more...]

Cable Penetrations Almost Did In The EMMA MAERSK

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The EMMA MAERSK suffered a flooding incident in February as it was getting ready to transit the Suez Canal. As reported earlier, water entered the vessel through a damaged stern thruster. The flooding was initially contained in the shaft tunnel, however, the Danish Maritime Authority's investigation report just released notes that once the pipe tunnel was full and the pressure … [Read more...]



I covered the sinking of the COSTA CONCORDIA back in January and posted some of my initial comments in 'COSTA CONCORDIA – Fred Fry’s Comments and Questions'. One of my comments concerned the crew: Concerning the evacuation: First, despite all the complaints of chaos and difficultly in loading and launching the lifeboats, the port side (the high side) of the … [Read more...]

Inside the Amazing Estonian Maritime Museum


This summer I had the opportunity to take a day trip to the wonderful Capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. While I have been to the city many times before, this was the first time that I went inside the Estonian Maritime Museum. And I am glad that I did. The museum has a section dedicated to the sinking of the MS ESTONIA This next photo unfortunately does not … [Read more...]

Somali Pirate Short Film – ‘Fishing Without Nets’

Screen grab from the film, 'Fishing Without Nets'

'Fishing Without Nets' is an interesting short film on Somali pirates. While it is a fictional story shot in Kenya, you'd probably believe it was a documentary if you weren't told otherwise. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  So enjoy! TEASER DIRECTOR Cutter … [Read more...]