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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
aground on silver strand

Aground on the Silver Strand

By Michael Carr – He was hard aground on the Silver Strand Beach at Coronado Island CA. Well, not just himself, but also his 315-foot ship and 32 Soldier crew....

January 12, 2019
Total Views: 11

Monday, December 31, 2018
Cape Hinchinbrook, Alaska, Lightstation, 1948

Lighthouses: Beacons of Hope

Alaska’s Hinchinbrook Island Light sits on a high cliff 235 feet above the ocean, at the SW corner of Hinchinbrook Island at the entrance to Prince William Sound. At this...

December 31, 2018
Total Views: 22

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hurricane Island

Carr: Tobacco Juice, Rose Hips, and Sea Urchins

By Michael Carr – Tobacco Juice is the Island’s unofficial name. This mound of granite and scrub is just barely an Island, more like a pile of large and irregular...

December 23, 2018
Total Views: 37

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Chart Detail of Castine

It’s Gone!

By Michael Carr – Maine Maritime Academy sits on the shores of Penobscot Bay Maine, where the surface water temperature rarely exceeds 50 F, and that only occurs on the one...

December 16, 2018
Total Views: 22

Sunday, December 9, 2018
HH-3F helicopter

Is He Dead? Or What Is a Stoma?

By Michael Carr – “Is he dead?” the diver asked. “Shit, I have no idea,” his buddy said. “Is he breathing?” asked the first diver. “You guys need to start CPR,”...

December 9, 2018
Total Views: 5

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sometimes There is No Solution

By Michael Carr – He looked in through the C-130’s rear cargo doors. He could see all the way up to the cockpit landing, and just stared as he and his...

December 2, 2018
Total Views: 12

Sunday, November 25, 2018
diver with broco torch


By Michael Carr – “SWITCH ON!” the diver yelled into the speaker inside his Superlight 17 fiberglass diving helmet. This command was received on the surface by the topside supervisor,...

November 25, 2018
Total Views: 20

Monday, November 19, 2018
ocean star schooner

Close Reaching to San Salvador Island

By Michael Carr – He pondered the sailing chart, visualizing the route they would take tomorrow. He was still comparing options and resolving in his head the effects of set...

November 19, 2018
Total Views: 6

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Carr: Going 50 Knots with Your Hair on Fire

By Michael Carr – “All boats, comms check, report when ready.” Three Riverine Warfare boat captains respond with “loud and clear”, and then four green and brown camouflaged boats slowly and...

November 11, 2018
Total Views: 7

Sunday, November 4, 2018
offshore supply vessel

Dropping Anchors in the Gulf of Mexico: 60 Days of Letting Her Go and Pulling Her Up

By Michael Carr – Each of American Salvor’s four 6,000 lb. anchors were attached to its own huge winch by hundreds of feet of 1.5-inch diameter wire cable. Each drum was...

November 4, 2018
Total Views: 35

Sunday, October 28, 2018

It Never Ends: A Month of Towing in the Bering Sea

By Michael Carr – He could not take it anymore. It was all too much. The constant gale force winds, the paranoid Master, the degenerate 2ndmate, the dysfunctional cook, and an...

October 28, 2018
Total Views: 32

Monday, October 22, 2018

Carr: Tons Per Inch Immersion, or What Was I Thinking?

By Michael Carr – A 70-ton, 75-foot tug hung in the air 10 feet from the bridge windows. The ships master was attempting to maneuver his vessel sideways, out from...

October 22, 2018
Total Views: 160