Several fights broke out over the 10-day cruise, including two captured on camera showing guests throwing punches on a pool deck and a ship nightclub. (One) video showed people yelling, crying, throwing punches and a crew member repeatedly kicking a guest on the floor. It’s unclear exactly how and why the fights started, but one family member told local media it may have originated because of a misunderstanding after someone stepped on someone else’s flip-flop. Vids and more
Shortly after 11 p.m. on a warm Saturday in September 2016, 22-year-old Nathan Carman and his mother, Linda, untied their boat, the Chicken Pox, and set out for a night of fishing. They motored south through a salt-marsh pond off Narragansett Bay and slipped through a narrow breachway into open water. The Chicken Pox’s 300-horsepower engine roared to life. Minutes later, the candy-colored lights of the Rhode Island shoreline faded behind them.
Before leaving, Linda had texted a family friend that she and Nathan would be back by morning. When they hadn’t returned by Sunday evening, the friend alerted the Coast Guard. Ships, helicopters, and planes immediately began scouring 82,000 square miles of ocean but found no sign of them. Keep Reading
Five members of the Italian bark Castagna met a tragic end on the sandbars just south of the Marconi Wireless Station in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, during a frigid Nor’easter on Feb. 17, 1914.
The body of Captain Guissepe Garva, who was swept off the ice-covered deck of the ship by a huge wave shortly after the Castagna struck the bar, would not be found until 20 months later; still encased in ice. more
If you’re at all familiar with the Arts and Crafts Movement, you’ve probably noticed the prevalence of the motif of galleons, clippers, man-of-wars, schooners and other ships.
Certainly the British origins of the movement, and romantic memories of that nation’s great maritime history, typified by “Rule, Britannia,” have a lot to do with it. Ships were integral to the identity of a nation both surrounded by sea and with a history of far-flung empire.
The movement was largely based in London, where the Thames was the heart of life. Key figures in the movement grew up around harbors and developed a child’s wonder in ships and seamanship, such interests and imagery thus being planted deep in their psyches.
Roughly 50 percent of greater New Orleans lies above sea level. That’s the good news. The bad news: It used to be 100 percent, before engineers accidentally sank half the city below the level of the sea. Their intentions were good, and they thought they were solving an old problem. Keep Reading on The Atlantic
via Meow Man: Hundreds of feet beneath the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook are five caverns carved from granite, excavated not by ancient geologic forces but by 20th-century miners. The first of the gigantic underground fuel storage caverns was built during the Cold War, partly to shield supplies from nuclear attack. The last was built after the 1973 energy crisis as a bulwark against capricious oil importers.
The caverns, which hold 2 million barrels, are the largest underground fuel storage facility on the East Coast.
At 11:07 am on December 17, the destroyer USS Spence eased alongside the New Jersey to start fueling. When Halsey and his staff sat for lunch in the flag mess, they were alarmed to see the Spence rolling excessively on the starboard side, and it seemed that she might be slammed against the flagship. “She was riding up ahead,” reported Halsey later, “and she’d drop well astern and charge ahead and drop astern…. She was pitching and rolling heavily.”
Nordic Aquafarms, a Fredrickstad, Norway-based company, announced Tuesday that it was buying land in the small, mid-coast town with a population of under 7,000 people. Operations will commence in 2020, using the “largest aquaculture tanks in the world, currently being designed in Norway”, to deliver up to 13,000 metric tons of fish in its initial phase.
“We chose Maine for its pristine environment, cold water conditions, its long history as a leader in the seafood industry and its proximity to major consumer markets in the Northeast United States,” said company president Erik Heim. “The benefit here is also proximity to a nice town – that is important for future employees.” Keep Reading
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In his new book "Leadership Is Language, The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don't", former submarine commander Captain L David Marquet (USN Ret) dives deep into one of the most thoroughly investigated marine disasters, the sinking of the El Faro, and surfaces with new ideas on leadership and language.
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