There’s an obvious buzz of excitement among the 1,070 cruise passengers but also – and I don’t think I’m imagining this – a faint air of trepidation.
Trepidation, because Crystal Serenity is about to become the largest ship ever to attempt the Northwest Passage. At 9pm this evening the ship will set sail from Seward, Alaska, on a 32-day, near 1,000-mile journey via Canada and Greenland to New York. Read on The Telegraph
To plan for an emergency involving the Serenity or other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies conducted emergency exercises in April.
The Canadian Coast Guard has estimated it will have a response time of 11 hours for ocean-going vessels in its Arctic waters, which could be too late to prevent deaths in an incident involving a large cruise ship with so many passengers.
As an added safety measure, the Serenity will be accompanied by an escort ship that will have a helicopter on board to look for ice ahead of the ship’s course. This ship will also serve as an icebreaker. more on Mashable
Part of being an experienced traveler is having at least one good story about experiencing bioluminescence.
Hi-tech barges could be built at Merseyside’s Cammell Laird as part of plans to make the region “the Silicon Valley for the maritime sector”.
The aim is to replace the thousands of lorry journeys expected to be generated when the massive new Liverpool2 port is fully opened with tidal and solar powered vessels.
Plans are now being drawn up for the barges – which could even be automated – to transport freight containers from the new deepwater port further inland down the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford docks. Keep reading
The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester to the Irish Sea. Starting at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, it generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet (18 m) up to Manchester, where the canal’s terminus was built. Along its route is the Barton Swing Aqueduct, the only swing aqueduct in the world.
Construction began in 1887; it took six years and cost £15 million (equivalent to about £1.65 billion in 2011). When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain’s third busiest, despite the city being about 40 miles (64 km) inland. more
Niobe was a protected cruiser in the Royal Navy. Built by Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness and launched on 20 February 1897, entering service in 1898.
She served in the Boer War and was then given to Canada as the second ship of the then newly created Naval Service of Canada as HMCS Niobe. Damaged in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, which caused serious damage to her upper works, and the deaths of several of her crew. She was broken up in 1922 in Philadelphia.
HMAS Diamantina (K377) – named after the Diamantina River in Queensland, is a River-class frigate that served the Royal Australian Navy. Constructed in the mid-1940s, active until 1946, placed in reserve, then recommissioned as a survey ship from 1959 until 1980. more on wikipedia
The yacht was registered at Southampton, and prior to the outbreak of World War II, sailed the Mediterranean under the British flag. Later commandeered by the Italian Navy and converted into a Navy Patrol boat fitted with aircraft gun fore and machine gun aft, and painted grey. Eventually sunk off an island somewhere along the coast “between Toulon and Genoa” more
SY Aurora was a barque-rigged steam yacht built by Alexander Stephen and Sons Ltd. in Dundee, Scotland, in 1876, for the Dundee Seal and Whale Fishing Company.
Her primary use was whaling in the northern seas, and she was built sturdily enough to withstand the heavy weather and ice that would be encountered there. That strength proved useful for Antarctic exploration as well, and between 1911 and 1917 she made five trips to the continent, both for exploration and rescue missions. more on wikipedia
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...