Caught on Camera: Pier Collapses in Maine

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Last night some security camera captured video of a pier collapsing in Eastport, Maine. The U.S. Coast Guard says it was notified at approximately 2:20 a.m. Thursday morning that the end of the Eastport breakwall had collapsed into the water. Several boats were damaged in the incident, including a 77-foot schooner named Ada C. Lore whose caretaker sustained a leg injury. The … [Read more...]

Video Shows Drawbridge Close On Mega Yacht

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Ouch. This incident happened Tuesday evening on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway in North Miami. The 161-foot Rockstar was damaged but none of the 15 people onboard were injured. Some drinks however were probably spilled. gCaptain's previous report can be found HERE. … [Read more...]

Fun Nautical Gifts We Want This Year


Apart from a Howard Miller brass chronometer given to us as a gift, the gCaptain office is mostly devoid of nautical trinkets. You will not find any brass nameplates or paperweights with fouled anchors on our desk or photographs of lighthouses hanging on the wall. It’s not that we are avoiding nautical decor, it’s just that we think most “nautical” stuff is kitsch. But here are … [Read more...]

Nightmarish Black Seadevil Caught on Video

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Researchers with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have captured what is being called the best-ever footage of the elusive and nightmarish-looking Black Seadevil. Deep-sea anglerfish, as they are more formally known, are typically found in the deep temperate waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, but fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on … [Read more...]

Sea Power – Bringing Balance to the Force

(July 25, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a close formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partnership nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling/Released)

By BJ Armstrong, “The Navy, within the Department of the Navy, shall be organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained combat incident to operations at sea.”       - Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations  It shouldn’t surprise any of us that combat at sea is the focus of the United States Navy. It seems perfectly rational. This focus, codified in … [Read more...]

Jet Powered Seaplane Kicks Up Wicked Rooster Tail [VIDEO]

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If you happen to notice a contact on your radar screen with speed leader stretching clear across your screen, it may not be an anomaly, but rather a Russian-made jet-powered seaplane/water bomber. Designed in the 1990s by Beriev Aviation Company, the concept hasn't truly caught on like it might have 40 years ago, but if you want to put out a fire like a boss, buy one of these … [Read more...]

LNG – Eastern Europe’s Hope to Escape the Russian Bear?

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Just a week ago, a vessel arriving to the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda was met with a bit more fanfare than the average commercial ship – the welcoming ceremony was live broadcasted and included Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, as well as representatives from Latvia, Estonia, Norway, the United States, Finland, Sweden and the European Council.  This pomp and … [Read more...]