POSH a Maritime Term?

'Port out, Starboard home'  A popular theory holds that the term Posh is derived from the initials of "Port Out, Starboard Home," the cooler, and thus more expensive, side of ships traveling between England and India in the mid-19th century. The acronym POSH was supposedly stamped on the tickets of first-class passengers traveling on that side of ships owned by the Peninsular … [Read more...]

Just For Fun – gCaptain 2011 Pirate QUIZ

      2011 gCaptain Pirate Quiz to test your knowledge of the marauders that plague our seas. Scorecard: 0-50% Pirate Bait 50-60% Landlubber In Disguise 60-70% Danger Will Robinson - Go Hire Armed Guards 70-80% Do you have a citadel? You might need it! 80-90% Congratulations, there's a 50% chance you'll survive pirate waters. 90-100% Damn those … [Read more...]

Kevlar balloons to raise sinking ships

Bob Couttie of Maritime Accident Casebook (MAC) points us to the following press release from BMT Group, explaining a "revolutionary new system" that uses "balloons" that rapidly inflate to provide extra buoyancy for a sinking ship.  Sound familiar?  Here is the press release and be sure continue reading for a little bit of trivia: BMT Group and SUSY Come to the Rescue of … [Read more...]

gCaptain’s Maritime News Quiz

Shocked that over 1000 people took last week's Nautical Terms Quiz we decided to try out a new weekly feature: gCaptain's Maritime News Quiz. The following questions are pulled from last week's headlines. Most answers can be found on gCaptain's blog and Twitter page, so be sure to study up before gcaptain's_maritime_news_quiz … [Read more...]