Monday, June 3, 2019

Carr: “Chief, We Have a Problem”

By Michael Carr – “Chief, we have a problem” came the message from the Bos’n. We always had problems before getting underway, the “Pre-Sail Checklist” was extensive, taking days to...

June 3, 2019
Total Views: 10

Sunday, May 26, 2019
U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Halloran
Maritime News

We All Sail with the Spirit of the USS Halloran (DE 305)

By Michael Carr – At 23:00 on June 22nd, 1945, the general alarm bell was sounded onboard the USS Halloran, a 289 ft. United States Evarts class destroyer escort (DE)....

May 26, 2019
Total Views: 91

Monday, May 20, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Technology Will Not Save You

By Michael Carr – SGT Homer (not his real name), fell overboard and drowned at sea. His death was preventable, it occurred due to a series of human actions and...

May 20, 2019
Total Views: 18

Sunday, May 12, 2019
uscgc citrus

Limitations of Crew and Equipment: Almost Sinking in Ouzinkie Narrows Alaska

Life onboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Citrus (WLB 300), a 180 ft. ocean-going buoy tender was normal on Monday morning, 26 February 1979. Citrus was underway, steaming at 12...

May 12, 2019
Total Views: 103

Sunday, May 5, 2019
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Loss of Confidence: Do You Know What You are Doing?

“Do you know what you are doing?” asked the Harbor Pilot in a loud and irritated voice. “Maybe I should take over, or maybe you have someone else who can...

May 5, 2019
Total Views: 45

Monday, April 22, 2019

Up the Yukon River: This is Not a Game of Cricket

By Michael Carr – “Let’s stab her into the bank and wait for morning,” the tug’s Captain finally said. “Thank God. Thank you Captain,” said the Chief Mate. They had...

April 22, 2019
Total Views: 51

Monday, April 15, 2019
imagine sailboat

Carr: Boom Breaks and Challenge Ends

By Michael Carr – It’s difficult to describe the sound an 18 ft. aluminum sailboat boom makes when it fails under an immense load. Combine screeching, cracking, and exploding and...

April 15, 2019
Total Views: 15

Sunday, April 7, 2019
uscgc glacier
Maritime News

Lost in the Antarctic

By Michael Carr – They were lost. Lost in the open ocean off Antarctica. Two miles to their starboard should be the Ross Ice Shelf, a 200 ft. high vertical...

April 7, 2019
Total Views: 29

Sunday, March 31, 2019
sailing yacht

You Should Deliver Yachts

By Michael Carr – “You should deliver yachts! Really, its good money and you will always have work.” “I’m not sure,” he replied to his friend’s recommendation. He was not...

March 31, 2019
Total Views: 101

Monday, March 25, 2019

Carr: Follow Canopus, Not Your Compass

By Michael Carr – Following their compasses was not working. They had been hiking through mangroves for over an hour and had made little progress towards their destination. They were feeling...

March 25, 2019
Total Views: 5

Sunday, March 17, 2019
U.S. Coast Guard seizes drugs

Hashish On the Ocean Floor

Disclaimer: The below sea story is a retelling of an operation from back in the 1980’s.   CW4 Michael W. Carr – “Ok, everyone gather around, we have a new...

March 17, 2019
Total Views: 22

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Maritime News

Hazardous Cross Currents, Abrupt Direction Changes, and Rapid Tidal Currents

By Michael Carr – “Memorial Bridge, this is the Thomas Leighton, underway in 10 minutes, request opening please,” he called on Channel 13. He then paused, took a sip of...

March 10, 2019
Total Views: 13

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Do You Have Any Weapons Onboard?

US Army Logistic Support Vessels (LSV) are the Army’s largest watercraft. At just under 300 ft LOA, they can carry 2000 tons of cargo, and are capable of steaming independently...

March 3, 2019
Total Views: 388

Sunday, February 24, 2019
uscgc iris buoy tender

Inverse Catenaries and Being Run Over by a 10-meter Weather Buoy

By CW4 Michael Carr – “Sir, the buoy is accelerating, I can make out a bow wake, and it’s heading right up our wake,” reported the Ensign to the USCGC...

February 24, 2019
Total Views: 57

Sunday, February 17, 2019
u.s. coast guard helicopter

Happiness is a Hard Hose

By Michael Carr – “Happiness is a hard hose!” Those words come from CDR Barry Chambers, the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team’s first commander. Forget what you might be thinking, he...

February 17, 2019
Total Views: 34

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sable Island, Canada

Sable Island Landing

By Michael Carr – “Keep reading out continuous depths under the keep,” said the schooner’s captain. “Keep giving us soundings, every 10 seconds or if you see a significant change.” Visibility...

February 10, 2019
Total Views: 31

Monday, February 4, 2019
ammo run at midnight

Ammo Run at Midnight

By CW4 Michael W. Carr (Retired) – “Hey, you guys want to haul some ammo and gear out to San Clemente Island for us?” asked the SEAL officer. “Sure”, said...

February 4, 2019
Total Views: 32

Sunday, January 27, 2019
army mariner training

Smell the Roses, Then Stomp on Them

The Instructor, a retired Navy SEAL, spoke with a quite, steady and commanding voice: “Load one nine round magazine, lower the hammer, place your weapon on safe, re-holster, and raise your...

January 27, 2019
Total Views: 16

Sunday, January 20, 2019
USCGC Blackthorn

Killed by a Filing Cabinet

By Michael Carr – He braced himself against the ship’s starboard side and stared inward through the chartroom’s one porthole. He inhaled and exhaled, listening to his exhaust bubbles heading...

January 20, 2019
Total Views: 112

Saturday, January 12, 2019
aground on silver strand

Aground on the Silver Strand

By Michael Carr – He was hard aground on the Silver Strand Beach at Coronado Island CA. Well, not just himself, but also his 315-foot ship and 32 Soldier crew....

January 12, 2019
Total Views: 18