Sal Mercogliano

Salvatore R. Mercogliano is an associate professor of History at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and teaches courses in World Maritime History and Maritime Security. He is also an adjunct professor with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and offers a graduate level course in Maritime Industry Policy. A former merchant mariner, he sailed and worked ashore for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. His book, Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War, available through the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Friday, September 17, 2021
golden ray capsized

The Missing Question from the NTSB Report on MV Golden Ray: WHY? 

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. Two years after MV Golden Ray capsized while departing the port of Brunswick, Georgia early in the hours of September 8, 2019, the National Transportation...

September 17, 2021
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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Turbo Activation: Ready, Set…SEALIFT!

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – Two years ago, the United States Transportation Command, in conjunction with the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)...

September 7, 2021
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Monday, May 10, 2021
crowley jones act tanker

Colonial Pipeline – To Waive Or Not To Waive The Jones Act

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) The cyberattack upon the Colonial Pipeline on Friday, May 7, 2021 has resulted in the shutdown of a major conduit that provides 45 percent of...

May 10, 2021
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Monday, February 15, 2021
Cruise Ships

Opinion: The Love Boat, American Style!

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – The recent announcement by the Canadian government to suspend all cruise ship visits until February 2022 due to COVID-19 will have a detrimental impact...

February 15, 2021
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
American Flag Ship

Veteran’s Day In Peace And War

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) This Veteran’s Day we remember the thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives in defense of the United States...

November 11, 2020
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Friday, June 5, 2020
jones act container ship
Maritime News

100 Years of the Jones Act – Here is to Another 100 Years!

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  – June 5, 2020 marks the centennial of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act.  Earlier this year, I wrote...

June 5, 2020
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Friday, May 8, 2020
Maritime News

Merchant Mariners, the Second Battle of the Atlantic, and the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In his autobiography, The Second World War, Winston Churchill said of the Battle of the Atlantic, “The only thing that ever really frightened me...

May 8, 2020
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Maritime News

This is Mutiny… Mutiny, I Say! The Maritime Lore Behind President Trump’s ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ Tweet

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In the annals of maritime history and popular culture, the Mutiny on the Bounty holds a lofty place and remains relevant even today. The events that...

April 14, 2020
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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Maritime News

A New Day for the American Merchant Marine: The Philly Shipyard and National Security Multi-Mission Vessels

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – National Maritime Day (May 22) came a month earlier than usual with the announcement by the Maritime Administration and TOTE Services, LLC, that Philly Shipyard,...

April 9, 2020
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Friday, March 20, 2020
Maritime News

The Cruise Industry’s War Against COVID-19

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that their ocean-going cruise lines would be, “voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise...

March 20, 2020
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Friday, March 6, 2020
Maritime News

Merchant Mariners for the Gold

Update March 13, 2020 – President Trump today signed into law the “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020,” a bill to award the Congressional...

March 6, 2020
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bouchard Ordeal Evokes 19th Century Supreme Court Decision

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. On July 7, 1895, the barque Arago arrived in San Francisco with four of its crewmembers in irons.  The deckhands had jumped ship while in...

February 19, 2020
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

America’s Surge Sealift: What Are They Not Telling Us?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On January 22, 2020, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Defense released a declassified and redacted report, entitled, Audit of Surge Sealift Readiness...

January 28, 2020
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Maritime News

Turbo Activation – A Sealift Surge, or just a Trickle?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  – In September, gCaptain reported on Turbo Activation 19-Plus, US Transportation Command’s largest peacetime exercise of the 61-ship surge sealift fleet. Initial assessments, gathered from...

December 31, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On Monday, September 16, 2019, the United States Transportation Command ordered the no-notice activation of 28 out of the 61 ships held in the reserve...

September 23, 2019
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
U.S. Transportation Command turbo activation

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Ready Reserve Force!

By Sal Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In a week punctuated by a drone missile strike on two oil production plants in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, the United States Transportation Command on Monday...

September 18, 2019
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mounts Bay to the Rescue!

Editor’s Note: The Royal Navy has announced that RFA Mounts Bay has now completed its 10-day humanitarian mission to the hurricane-hit Bahamas after distributing all of her stores, which included 3,000...

September 11, 2019
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
apollo 11 bootprint

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for the Merchant Marine

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano – As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of mankind’s first steps upon the lunar surface, many have focused their attention to the heavens, but a key...

July 21, 2019
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Friday, July 12, 2019
Maritime News

It Looks Like We Are Going To Have to Swim For It – The End of the Army’s Navy

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In June 1898, an American fleet arrived off the coast of Daiquiri, Cuba.  On board the ships, 16,000 men of the U.S. Army V Corps waited...

July 12, 2019
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Friday, June 14, 2019
front altair oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman
Maritime News

The Tanker War, Part II: A Historical Perspective

By Sal R. Mercogliano – The June 13, 2019 attacks on MV Front Altair and MV Kokuka Courageous, following the assault on four tankers at the anchorage of Fujairah on...

June 14, 2019
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