Into the Storm – The Final Days and Decisions on Bounty

Drivers always slow down and rubberneck at car accidents, don't they?  Like me, you may have caught yourself complaining about the practice and wondering "Why are people so morbid that they have to slow down and look?"  That's what we all say, at least until we get close enough to see, and though we might strain our eyes to avoid looking like we are looking, we drive just a … [Read more...]

Bulk Trade-Off: Blood for Money in Indonesia

On February 17th of this year, the Harita Bauxite sank off Cape Balinao in the South China Sea. Of the twenty-four men aboard, only nine survived. The sea can be a dangerous place, of course, and things happen out there, but the Harita Bauxite's sinking is troubling beyond the tragic loss of fifteen men. That's because the loss wasn't a huge surprise. Indeed, many in the … [Read more...]

COSTA CONCORDIA – Update

I covered the sinking of the COSTA CONCORDIA back in January and posted some of my initial comments in 'COSTA CONCORDIA – Fred Fry’s Comments and Questions'. One of my comments concerned the crew: Concerning the evacuation: First, despite all the complaints of chaos and difficultly in loading and launching the lifeboats, the port side (the high side) of the … [Read more...]

Cruiseship COSTA CONCORDIA Sinks

UPDATE: The captain of the cruise ship COSTA CONCORDIA has been arrested by Italian police as an investigation into Friday night's grounding is launched.  Read: Updated: Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Sinks off Italian Coast [VIDEO, AIS Track] Earlier: Word is out that the cruiseship COSTA CONCORDIA went aground Friday night. But aground doesn't accurately describe the current … [Read more...]

Canal Facts, History & Photos – 5 Historic Canals

Mariners have been using man made canals since the time of Mesopotamia. Here is a look at five famous and historic canals from around the world. Panama Canal- Panama The Canal was begun in 1904 and finished in 1914. Total Length: 77 km (48 mi) Connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Cost: $375 million Erie Canal - New York The Canal was … [Read more...]