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 19, 2008

Sabdes 50M – Hybrid Yacht Design

This 50 meter yacht promises to be vastly cleaner and more fuel-efficient than traditional marine powerplants, and Sabdes says the 50M will have a higher

April 19, 2008
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The Awful Racket Of Fish

The New York Times ran a great feature last week: “What’s Making That Awful Racket? Surprisingly, It May Be Fish” Steven Senne/Associated

April 19, 2008
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Enjoy Central Park, at Sea

Via, The London Daily Mail. The world’s biggest cruise liner is to have a New York-style “Central Park” on the ship, its owners have

April 16, 2008
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Friday, April 11, 2008

An American Down Under finds Pride of Australian Navy

David Mearns, shipwreck hunter at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle talking about the finding of HMAS Sydney. Picture: Colin Murty Today’s The Australian

April 11, 2008
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Fire Incidents

Queen of the West Fire this AM

An engine room fire at 12:31 this morning forced an evacuation of Queen of the West. From a Coast Guard Media Release: SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, state

April 8, 2008
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Antipode Maps: The Far Side of the World

This map shows the antipodes of each point on the Earth‘s surface – the points where the blue and pink overlap are land antipodes. Notice that most

April 7, 2008
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Maritime Security

La Ponant Captured By Somali Pirates

BBC News tells us: The French military are continuing to track a luxury yacht seized, with its crew, on Friday by Somali pirates. There has been no contact

April 5, 2008
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Conduct Unbecoming 15

USCG Capt. Elmo Alexander in better days. Reading like a chapter from Herman Wouk’s 1951 novel The Caine Mutiny the commander of Coast Guard Cutter

April 3, 2008
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Jason and Argo, Together Again forcasting Ocean Climate

(Ed. note: Thanks to colleague and regular gCaptain commenter, Capt. Jack Richards pointing me to information on Argo.) Brief History of Argo The name Argo was

April 2, 2008
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Monday, March 31, 2008

TWIC Experience 2.0 (much better)

Four weeks ago, I had my original TWIC enrollment experience. The post is here. Today I picked up my TWIC. Last Thursday I went online to see if the

March 31, 2008
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Russian Nuclear Icebreakers: to the North Pole!

The Picture Blog, Dark Roasted Blend is featuring a series on Russian Nuclear Icebreakers. Here’s a sample: The balance of the pics are here. Paired up

March 30, 2008
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Lifesaving Incidents

Japan’s navy head sacked over fatal crash

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting the head of Japan’s Navy (a civilian)  has been removed in the wake of the sinking of a fishing

March 26, 2008
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160 Sq Miles Of Antarctic Ice Breaks Into The Southern Sea

  Press reports from around the world are reporting info on the above.   Here’s an excerpt from the  Guardian UK:   A vast hunk of

March 26, 2008
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

You are not where you think you are! Explained.

(Ed. note: This comes from a current student, Dave Yell. You may well be able to deduce that Dave is British. In deed he held a Unlimited License there.

March 25, 2008
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Moored Casino Boat – Jones Act Watch

Caesar’s Casino Glory of Rome Glory of Rome is a riverboat casino operated by Harrah’s Entertainment. Opened in 1998, it is located outside the

March 21, 2008
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Lifesaving Incidents

Queen of the North TSB Canada Video

Video of TSB report on sinking of Queen of the North. Click on the blue ‘Start Presentation’ button. (its slow loading). It also has video

March 19, 2008
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Queen Mary Cruise Ship – Royal Visit, Long Beach

Lee G, a reader over at BitterEnd sent along pics from a recent two night visit aboard Queen Mary Cruise Ship. Lee said that although the 72 year old

March 18, 2008
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Monday, March 17, 2008
Oil Spill

Criminal Charges filed against Cosco Busan Pilot

The damaged Cosco Busan is seen in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 The Associated Press is reporting that criminal charges were filed today against

March 17, 2008
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Women in the US Navy – Centennial

via   Women have been serving as an integral part of the US Navy since the establishment of the Nurse Corps in 1908. Nine years later, the US

March 13, 2008
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

License Creep

(Ed. note: This entry is reposted in it’s entirety with permission from Red Right Returning. Doug Gould is a fellow tower from the East Coast.) Are you

March 11, 2008
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