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.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
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...
Friday, May 8, 2020
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...
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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...
Thursday, April 9, 2020
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,...
Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
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...
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...
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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...
Monday, September 23, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
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...
Friday, July 12, 2019
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...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
On National Maritime Day, Where is the U.S. Merchant Marine?
May 22 is National Maritime Day in the United States. Initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933, it commemorates the sailing of the American steamship Savannah across the Atlantic...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
To Waive or Not To Waive, that is the Jones Act Question?
By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – Maritime news hubs and trade associations are abuzz with rumors that the Trump Administration is considering a waiver of the nearly 100-year-old Merchant Marine Act of...
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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