Building A Ship Without Plans… or Steel


The last time I sailed past Zanzibar, I half jokingly urged the Chief Engineer to throw a wrench in the engine... It was not that I wished to delay the voyage any longer but, like Luang Prabang or perhaps the Andaman Islands, it's just cool place to visit! But now I have another reason to go... to see a ship being built without plans, without torches or tools, and without … [Read more...]

National Geographics “Salvage: Code Red”

Here at gCaptain, we love a good television program that offers viewers an inside look into the realities of life in the maritme world.  We are hoping that National Geographics Monday premier of the 5 part series titled "Salvage: Code Red" won't dissapoint.  Here is their description of the show: In National Geographic Channel's Salvage Code Red, salvors race against time to … [Read more...]

Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer – Interesting Ship of The Week

National Geographic also brings us this week's Interesting Ship of The Week.  They tell us: >> NAME: The Palmer is named for a U.S. seal hunter who sailed along the west coast of Antarctica in 1820 looking for seal rookeries. Many believe he was the first to discover the continent. >> SIZE: Built in 1992, the Palmer is a 7,600-ton icebreaker capable of breaking … [Read more...]

Worlds Toughest Fixes – National Geographic Series Premier

We have seen a host of Maritime reality shows come on air in the past year. Some, like Deadliest Catch, have done really well while others, America's Port, have less certain fates. While we have enjoyed them all, it's the shows that put mariners up against tough challenges which catch the excitement of broader audiences. NatGeo's new show will do just that. It's called "World's … [Read more...]

Are Pirates Human Rights Victims?


Artwork by Matt Rota Our maritime podcasting partner, Peter Mello of points us to this must read article in the NYTimes. He writes: John S. Burnett, author of Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas wrote an interesting Op Ed essay for today's - April 20, 2008 - Sunday NY Times entitled Captain Kidd, Human-Rights Victim. Please read it. … [Read more...]

Elements Of Cruise Ship Design Our friends at Sea-Fever had an excellent post yesterday regarding the above video. They tell us; No higher than Verazanno Narrows Bridge in New York, no longer than the turning area in South Hampton, England and no wider than the Panama Canal. Those are the three key dimensions for any luxury cruise ship planning to circumnavigate … [Read more...]

The Straight of Malacca – A Dark Passage

"For centuries, this sliver of ocean has captivated seamen, offering the most direct route between India and China, along with a bounty of resources, including spices, rubber, mahogany, and tin. But it is a watery kingdom unto itself, harboring hundreds of rivers that feed into the channel, miles of swampy shoreline, and a vast constellation of tiny islands, reefs, and shoals. … [Read more...]