A gCaptain Halloween – Navy Ships in Razzle Dazzle

Some of you may remember a cartoon which appeared during World War I, a drawing showing an inquisitive stranger talking with the gateman at a railway crossing. The gate was painted with the usual black and white stripes, and lying on the river beyond the tracks was a steamer painted with similar markings. The stranger asked, "Why do they paint the stripes on the gate?" And the … [Read more...]

Blog Action Day Announces 2010 Theme

http://vimeo.com/15336764 Every October 15th, the blogosphere combines forces and participates in what's called Blog Action Day.  The premise being to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion about one issue that impacts people around the world by having as a diverse selection of blogs write about the same topic on the same day.  Last year, over 13,000 blogs from 152 … [Read more...]

Portfire 40 Launches! Who would you nominate?

The Portfire 40, a new shipping industry list of the most influential and alternative thinkers and thought provokers, is in the works.  An open and growing list, based on submitted candidates and decided by a board of judges, the Portfire 40 is here to recognize those wielding a different kind of power in the maritime industry. Created as an alternative to the Tradewinds … [Read more...]

gCaptain Forums are Back up and Running!

Dear gCaptain Forum Members, The gCaptain Forums are back up and running.  It appears that a on or around June 29th, an unexpected surge of traffic to gCaptain.com caused a number of errors throughout the site.  As a result, various features and functions of the gCaptain.com Forums were not working as they normally would be, including errors in posting, searches and various … [Read more...]

Best Blogs For Boaters

Too early to start thinking about the boating season? Well gCaptain does have loyal readers in Argentina, Australia and South Africa but, yes, it is entirely too early and gCaptain doesn't even cover recreational boating but lessons can be learned from all that share the waterways. This is especially true of marine electronics. Why? Most of the electronic gear on the bridge … [Read more...]