CW4 MICHAEL W. CARR

CW4 Michael Carr graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy and served 10 years as a US Coast Guard Officer while assigned as the Diving & Salvage Officer at the USCG Atlantic Strike Team. Carr then joined the US Army Watercraft community and sailed as a US Army Watercraft Master for 15 years. He has deployed to Iraq as an Electronic Warfare Officer, holds a US Coast Guard All Oceans Masters License, and has taught at Kings Point, Maine Maritime Academy, and MITAGS (Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies). He presently resides in Florida where he teaches diving and operates Haze Gray Maritime LLC.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Weather

Carr: Great Circles, Modified Great Circles, Rhumb Lines, and Bucket Routes

By CW4 Michael W. Carr, US Army Watercraft Master (Retired) All too frequently we read on gCaptain about vessels losing containers when impacted by high seas.

December 7, 2021
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Friday, October 29, 2021
Accidents

Fire, Fire, Fire: How Navy Failures Destroyed the Bonhomme Richard

By CW4 Michael Carr, US Army Watercraft Master (Retired) “A guy with a flag simulates a flame, and a nozzleman says…I am squirting you with

October 29, 2021
Total Views: 19021

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Defense

U.S. Army Watercraft: Lost at Sea -Opinion

This week for $51,000* on the Government Services Administration (GSA) website, you can purchase a modern US Army 128 ft ocean Tug (LT). These tugs are capable

August 22, 2021
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
storm clouds over ocean
Accidents

Seacor Power: A Change In Temperature Equals a Change in Density which Equals an Event -Opinion

By CW4 Michael W. Carr, US Army Watercraft Master (Retired) I sailed out of Port Fourchon as Chief Mate on Crowley’s American Salvor. Reading of Seacor

May 19, 2021
Total Views: 6718

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Maritime News

Leadership: It Will End Your Career – Opinion

LTC Colonel Alexander Vindman has demonstrated exemplary leadership, as have Navy Captains Brett Crozier and Charles McVay, but all three were fired. Summarily

October 20, 2020
Total Views: 248

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Maritime News

Carr: Feet First

By CW4 Michael Carr “Find the feet first,” I kept saying to myself. “Feet first, not the head.” I did not want to find the head. I had to

January 12, 2020
Total Views: 86

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
arctic sea ice
Maritime News

Carr: Foam Lance Under the Ice

By Michael Carr – I worked at bracing myself under the ship, trying to steady my body against the hull while inserting the foam lance’s fabric-covered

December 4, 2019
Total Views: 35

Monday, November 18, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Fog, Fog, Fog…and Fatigue

By Michael Carr – Standing was the only option, but I was now falling asleep standing up. I would drift off, my knees would buckle, and I would suddenly

November 18, 2019
Total Views: 27

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Pride of Baltimore

By Michael Carr – We all respected Jan Miles, captain of the schooner Pride of Baltimore. His vessel was faster, sleeker, bigger, and better funded than

November 5, 2019
Total Views: 159

Friday, October 25, 2019
A C-130 Hercules from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., taxies down a runway at Joint Base Balad, Iraq
Maritime News

A Sea of Sand: Like a Kingfisher Flashing Across the Pool

By Michael Carr – Joint Base Balad Iraq is surrounded by sand. When you drive out its gates, all you see is sand. Sand blows onto the road, it

October 25, 2019
Total Views: 24

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: You Have Illegally Disposed of Garbage

By Michael Carr – We were all beyond exhausted. Muscle memory and caffeine were keeping us going. And now I was certainly going to jail when all I had

October 10, 2019
Total Views: 54

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Elizabeth River Ferry
Maritime News

Down Comes the Lamp Post: Your Past is Always Part of You

By Michael Carr – Portsmouth Virginia’s Inner Harbor seawall is lined with lampposts spaced about 25 feet apart. They are ornate, built of steel and

September 24, 2019
Total Views: 26

Friday, September 13, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Dive! Dive! Dive!

By Michael Carr – “Come more to the left, now straighten out,” Steve directed. “On this wreck, the current comes in from the east, so you need to

September 13, 2019
Total Views: 18

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
carnival spirit
Maritime News

Carr: Helsinki to Miami Aboard Carnival Spirit

By CW4 Michael Carr – “This is your cabin sir,” pronounced the Carnival crewman. “Thank you” I replied, attempting to keep a low key and

August 28, 2019
Total Views: 22

Monday, August 19, 2019
USMMA Cadet using a sextant for celestial navigation
Maritime News

Carr: LORAN Overboard

By CW4 Michael Carr – I had heard enough. This constant debate on the need for electronics. Someone would say, “Well, celestial is great, but you

August 19, 2019
Total Views: 34

Sunday, August 11, 2019
lifeboat
Maritime News

Carr: Lifeboat Training

By CW4 Michael Carr – We huddled behind the ship’s superstructure, momentarily escaping wind, rain and snow flurries. Soon, though, we would need to

August 11, 2019
Total Views: 152

Monday, July 29, 2019
Maritime News

Spinning in the Current: Turning a Barge Loaded with Buoys in the C & D Canal

“Canal Control, Canal Control, Canal Control, this is Army Tug 915, channel 13 over”. I speak slowly into the VHF microphone. One hand on the mike, my

July 29, 2019
Total Views: 37

Sunday, July 21, 2019
loran-c receiver
Maritime News

Carr: Loran C Lines in the Fog

Wayne was steering and I was navigating, but I knew we were not navigating in the way Bowditch defines the art and science of this endeavor. We were making

July 21, 2019
Total Views: 107

Monday, July 15, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Boeing C-17 Aircraft Goes to Sea

By Michael Carr – A Boeing C-17 cargo aircraft is a big aircraft, with a wingspan of 169 ft., and length of 174 ft. Her fuselage width is 20

July 15, 2019
Total Views: 271

Monday, July 8, 2019
tropical storm barry 1995
Maritime News

Carr: Tropical Storm Barry – Where do we go from here?

By CW4 Michael Carr – Tropical Storm, and potentially Hurricane Barry was heading directly for us. Though still a thousand miles away, which might seem

July 8, 2019
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