Sea Stories

Sunday, November 27, 2022
The whaleship Manhattan watercolor

Catastrophe In The Heart Of The Sea

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by gCaptain in 2016 and is being republished now because it’s lessons are timeless and

November 27, 2022
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: You Have Illegally Disposed of Garbage

By Michael Carr – We were all beyond exhausted. Muscle memory and caffeine were keeping us going. And now I was certainly going to jail when all I had

October 10, 2019
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Friday, September 27, 2019
Maritime News

The Rescue: Maersk Montana Rescues Survivor of La Belle Vie

By Steve Miller, Third Officer, M/V Maersk Montana – “Let me know when he’s aboard!” came the voice through the handheld radio. It was the

September 27, 2019
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
The Hard Way Around

Sailing Around the World, Alone…The Story of Captain Joshua Slocum

Solitude at Sea Three years, 30,000 miles The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum  by Geoffrey Wolff – Reviewed by John Rousmaniere,

November 26, 2016
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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Deep – Based on a True Story of One Man’s Survival

Based on an astonishing true incident that took place on the frigid seas off Iceland in 1984, The Deep fashions a modern-day everyman myth about the sole

October 1, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Somali Pirate Short Film – ‘Fishing Without Nets’

‘Fishing Without Nets’ is an interesting short film on Somali pirates. While it is a fictional story shot in Kenya, you’d probably believe it

August 23, 2012
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
VLCC samho dream

Shipowner Defaults, Your Ship Gets Arrested in Port, Now What?

The shipping industry has certainly seen better days, which for some shipowners, has put them in a financial bind.  A recent example is the VLCC Samho

February 7, 2012
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Captain Bligh HMS Bounty Mutiny William bligh in the south seas

Captain Bligh: A Man Misunderstood and the Epic High Seas Drama on HMS Bounty

By Alexander Rose, Wall Street Journal On April 28, 1789, mutineers commandeered HMS Bounty, en route from Tahiti to the West Indies with a cargo of breadfruit

October 24, 2011
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Nastiest Wog… and now a Trusty Shellback

A few years ago I had the opportunity to deliver a newly-built drillship from Durban, South Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.   As a former Navy ship driver,

August 14, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Deadliest Sea: A True Story of Life and Death on the Bering Sea [INTERVIEW]

Rob Almeida’s interview with Kalee Thompson, author of Deadliest Sea.  This incredibly well written book details the sinking of the F/V Alaska Ranger in

July 29, 2011
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Friday, May 6, 2011

The Importance Of Memory At Sea

As a new third mate I was always frustrated by those who demanded I memorize things and it was my belief that a good officer never guesses an answer

May 6, 2011
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hornbeck Offshore Chief Mate Saves the Day

Image: Helix Q4000 on location of MC 252 as it prepares for “Top Kill.” © 2010 BP p.l.c. I met up with a friend recently who works as Chief

December 21, 2010
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Pirates? And a busted head gasket…

By Rob Almeida – 8 March 2006 It was quite a day out here in the Gulf of Aden, the 600-mile stretch of ocean separating Somalia and Yemen, but

October 1, 2010
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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Gulf Stream Doesn’t Disappoint – an offshore sailing adventure

By Nat Spencer Two summers ago, after the finish of the 2008 Newport-Bermuda Race, three of my buddies and I were delivering a 45-foot Swan back to Newport,

September 24, 2010
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dodge Morgan (1931-2010) – The passing of an American sailing icon

Associated Press When I was a kid, I remember being mesmerized by  a 2-hour TV special about a man who spent 150 days sailing his 60-foot sailboat, American

September 18, 2010
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mary Celeste = the greatest maritime mystery of all time.

Undoubtedly the most famous of all the real-life ghost ships, the Mary Celeste was a merchant ship that was found derelict and adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in

July 31, 2010
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

How scary is it when…. – YouBlog Featured Article

Believe it or not, a lot of visitors do not know the depth of this site beyond the section in which they frequent the most (i.e. the blog

February 11, 2010
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Good Read on Port of L.A. Pilot Boat Operators

The Los Angeles Times today published a good article to their website on Port of Los Angeles pilot boat operators.  The article follows “a salty

December 22, 2009
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

S O S = Save Our Ships

By John G. Denham No matter what is preserved or kept safe, it costs money! In my past life I shared my useful abilities with the U.S. Merchant Marine

November 12, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Liberty Ship JOHN W BROWN Open for Tours in Baltimore 13 – 16 August

The Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W BROWN will be open for tours in Baltimore’s inner harbor August 13 – 16. She is one of only two remaining WWII Liberty

August 10, 2009
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