After Five Months Lost at Sea, Two Sailors and Their Dogs Rescued Aboard Sailboat in Pacific

The U.S. Navy has rescued two distressed sailors and their two dogs nearly five months after their sailboat strayed off course in the Pacific Ocean. The rescued sailors, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, both from Honolulu, and their two dogs had set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti this spring. The boat suffered an engine casualty on May 30 during bad weather, but they continued … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for September 23rd, 2013: Movies About Sailors, Part IV; The Navy Comes Through

Part 1 — Part 2 -- Part III McHale's Navy (Universal, 1964) The crew of PT-73 get into trouble when they back the wrong horse in a race. + Captain Wallace Binghamton (Joe FLynn), St. Comdr. Quinton McHale (Ernest Borgnine) and Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway) brought their wacky antics to the big screen for this feature, spawned from the popular 1960's … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for September 16th, 2013: Movies About Sailors, Part III; Man the Laff Boats!

Part 1 -- Part 2 The Honeymoon Machine (MGM, 1961) A few years before The Great Escape catapulted Steve McQueen to stardom, the charismatic actor played leading man, Lt. Fergie Howard, in this light romantic farce involving the computers on a Navy ship. Lt. Howard is playing poker on the good ship El Mira when he gets a brilliant idea. Why not use the ship's computer … [Read more...]