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.

Monday, February 4, 2019
ammo run at midnight

Ammo Run at Midnight

By CW4 Michael W. Carr (Retired) – “Hey, you guys want to haul some ammo and gear out to San Clemente Island for us?” asked the SEAL officer.

February 4, 2019
Total Views: 43

Sunday, January 27, 2019
army mariner training

Smell the Roses, Then Stomp on Them

The Instructor, a retired Navy SEAL, spoke with a quite, steady and commanding voice: “Load one nine round magazine, lower the hammer, place your weapon

January 27, 2019
Total Views: 22

Sunday, January 20, 2019
USCGC Blackthorn

Killed by a Filing Cabinet

By Michael Carr – He braced himself against the ship’s starboard side and stared inward through the chartroom’s one porthole. He inhaled and exhaled,

January 20, 2019
Total Views: 135

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

January 12, 2019
Total Views: 22

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

December 31, 2018
Total Views: 41

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

December 23, 2018
Total Views: 57

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

December 16, 2018
Total Views: 44

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.

December 9, 2018
Total Views: 10

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

December 2, 2018
Total Views: 27

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

November 25, 2018
Total Views: 55

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

November 19, 2018
Total Views: 10

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

November 11, 2018
Total Views: 12

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

November 4, 2018
Total Views: 75

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

October 28, 2018
Total Views: 57

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,

October 22, 2018
Total Views: 256