Blackbeard’s Ship Embarks for U.S. Supreme Court in Video Piracy Case

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) - The nine black-robed justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will soon navigate the treacherous legal waters around a sailing ship made famous in the 18th century by the notorious English pirate known as Blackbeard. The court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by a documentary filmmaker to revive his lawsuit against state officials in … [Read more...]

Review: Disasters at Sea — Deadly Neglect, the Loss of the Marine Electric

Thirty-six years ago this week, the SS Marine Electric sank off the coast of Virginia with the loss of 34 officers and crew. There were only three survivors. The tragedy resulted in major reforms in ship inspections and operations and ultimately saved many lives. Last month, a new documentary series premiered on the Smithsonian Channel, Disasters at Sea. The second episode … [Read more...]

SS Marine Electric: The Shipwreck that Changed the Coast Guard

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki - When the clock tolled 12 a.m. on Feb. 12, 1983, the 605-foot cargo ship Marine Electric trekked northward 30 miles off Virginia's Eastern Shore, plowing slowly through the gale-force winds and waves stirred up by a winter storm. An able-bodied seaman relieved the watch and peered forward, noticing for the first time that the … [Read more...]