Captain Richard Rodriguez is a US Coast Guard approved instructor based in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Also a Rescue Tug Captain, Richard's posts on his blog "Bitterend" feature Vessel Assist calls that include live tracking of his vessel.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Historic Sea Forts of England

Historic Sea Forts An armada of sea forts were built during World War II specifically designed to repel smaller aircraft flying in to attack Great Britain. Each fort consisted of...

April 6, 2013
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Friday, June 12, 2009

A Sinking Ship – World’s Largest Yacht Transporter

Dockwise Yacht Transport has been in the boat delivery business for 21 years. Their semi-submersible vessels operate world wide. Launched in April of 2008, the China Built heavy lift ship...

June 12, 2009
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Crane Photos – Heavy Lift Cranes & Rigging

The maritime and ship-building industry has a constant need to move the world’s heaviest loads between ship and shore and even employees  the biggest crane in the world. But the true workhorses...

April 7, 2009
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Early Aircraft Carriers

When we think of early Aircraft Carriers, most defer to the US Navy converting Jupiter (Collier # 3) in 1920 to CVI Langley. Commissioned in March 1922, Langley was the...

November 7, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ballast Free Ships

University of Michigan researchers are investigating a radical new design for cargo ships that would eliminate ballast tanks, the water-filled compartments that enable non-native creatures to sneak into the Great...

October 23, 2008
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Great Shipwreck Photos

Stunning, dramatic shipwreck photography by Donibane Sanjuan. See more here. Via Dark Roasted Blend

October 15, 2008
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

RCMP St. Roch – Artic Explorer – Historic Ship Of The Week

Ship Name: RCMP vessel St Roch (pronounced “Saint Rock”) Vital Statistics (1944 configuration): Length: 31.8 m (104’3”) Beam: 7.5 m (24’7”) Draft: 3.25 m (10’8”) Tonnage: 196.5 t Hull: Douglas...

July 6, 2008
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pocket Cruise Ship Grounds in Alaska

The Juneau Empire is reporting: A cruise ship scraped the bottom of the Tracy Arm fjord Wednesday morning, forcing its crew to cut short its trip and call the U.S....

June 5, 2008
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wired Magazine: The Battle of Midway

(Ed. note: Wired . com is featuring a post comemerating the Battle of Midway) Japanese fleet carrier Hiryu is seen shortly before the United States Navy sank it during the...

June 4, 2008
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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Russian Hovercraft: China Place Order

This admittedly isn’t the newest military tech on the block, but I just couldn’t help writing it up. Russia makes the world’s largest military hovercraft dubbed the “Zubr.” It displaces...

May 17, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

B.C. Ferry Damage

MV Coastal Renaissance, Courtesy B.C. Ferries NANAIMO (NEWS1130) is reporting: B.C. Ferries has confirmed one of its shiny new ships has sustained some damage after a rough landing at Departure...

May 14, 2008
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Are You a Security Threat?

(Ed. note: I received a this email today and thought if worthy of sharing.) Captain Rodriguez: It’s been interesting following your and your reader’s adventures with TWIC. I have a...

May 14, 2008
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Friday, May 9, 2008

Monsters of the Deep

BBC News/Science is reporting: Monster warning to protect oceans The landing of a colossal squid by New Zealand fishermen earlier this year offered a rare glimpse into the mysterious world...

May 9, 2008
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Climate Change – Don’t argue with the people of Kiribati and Tuvalu in the South Pacific

Masig Island, one of the low-lying islands of the Torres Strait The Independent/UK is reporting: No one on Murray had ever seen such a high tide before. Other islands in...

May 8, 2008
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Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Painted Hall: Greenwich, 300 years of maritime history

The Old Royal Naval College was designed by artist Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1696 and 1751. It started life as the Greenwich Hospital for Seamen, which provided a...

May 4, 2008
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Argh, Google Ocean

This screenshot shows an example of high-resolution imagery above and below sea level. The view is looking eastward at Monterey Bay on the California coast with the Sierra Nevada Mountains...

May 1, 2008
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Shipwrecks & Sea Disasters

Our favorite Picture Blog Dark Roasted Blend is running  a series titled: Shipwrecks & Sea Disasters Don’t miss it.  Here are but a few of their offerings: gCaptain also has...

May 1, 2008
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Kon-Tiki: 60 years ago

One my early introduction to the sea was Thor Heyerdahl’s account of Kon-Tiki. has revisited Kon-Tiki on her 60 th anniversary.  Here is a excerpt:

April 28, 2008
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Sunday, April 27, 2008
Maritime Security

Pirates free Spanish boat, crew is reporting: MADRID, Spain (CNN) — The crew of a Spanish fishing boat seized by pirates last week off the coast of Somalia has been freed, officials said Saturday,...

April 27, 2008
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Medical Disclosure – John Cota Faces New Charges

BYM Marine and Maritime news is reporting: A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging John Joseph Cota, a U.S. Coast Guard and California licensed ship pilot, with making...

April 23, 2008
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