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

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-+*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 […]

Viking Raid by Matthew McCleery [Book Review]

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-+*There are many things about the shipping business that the normal land-dwelling person hasn’t the slightest clue about. It is often taken for granted that produce from South America, Oil from the Middle East, and consumer goods from China all arrive on our shores daily. Behind the constant circumnavigation of supertankers and cargo ships are […]

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? There’s an App for That!

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-+*The Navy knows it has a drinking problem.  Fleet Week means vomit in the streets and evenings that sailors best not remember. The official Pier Pressure app combines a game with a suite of educational tools. The tools, which address alcohol abuse and how to avoid it, are actually pretty useful. But the game half […]

Maritime Monday for March 3rd, 2014: Heck Yeah NC Wyeth

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-+*NC Wyeth Illustrations for The Ladies Home Journal 1920-31 N. C. Wyeth The Courtship of Miles Standish by Longfellow (1920) The Courtship of Miles Standish is an 1858 narrative poem by American poet and Maine-nave Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by the Mayflower Pilgrims. […]

Maritime Monday for February 10th, 2014: More Nautical Philately

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-+*Christopher Columbus; Bahamas Centennial of the Opening of Japan by Matthew Perry (991 × 640 pixels) 1913 10 cent Parcel Post; Steamship & Mail Tender Steamboats were carrying mail as early as November, 1808.  Initially letters were carried either unofficially by crew and passengers – bypassing local Post Offices – or under the existing provisions […]

Maritime Monday for February 3rd, 2014: More Ship Stamps

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-+*Trawler, designed by Icelandic artist Stefán Jónsson, engraved by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Iceland on October 12, 1950 airmail stamp depicting views of the custom-built schooner Antarctica, which was used by French polar explorer Jean-Louis Étienne’s team during “Mission Erebus” in 1995-96, and a map of Antarctica showing Dr. […]

Maritime Monday for January 27th, 2014 – RMS Philately, Encore Edition

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-+*Jules Verne Stamps; First Day Covers ; France—3 June 1955 Robert Fulton; 1765-1965 American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the first commercially successful steamboat.  In 1800, he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to design the Nautilus, which was the first practical submarine in history. Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  young Fulton showed […]