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New Artifacts Revealed at Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport will unlock its vaults to examine artifacts not usually exhibited for the general public in “Maritime Surprises from the Museum’s Collections,” a new series held at the Museum’s Collections Research Center beginning Friday, January 8, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The series continues Friday evenings February 12, March 12 and April 9. Attendees will be able to view significant items in the Museum’s collections that relate to the nation’s maritime heritage. A cash bar and light snacks will be available. Curatorial staff will give the following presentations and answer any questions: •    January 8 – “Photographic Treasures from the Mystic Seaport Photo Collection” •    February 12 – “Fishing in the Footsteps of Dr. Charles K. Stillman: A Look into One of Our Founder's Favorite Hobbies” •    March 12 – “A Return to the Cabinet of Curiosities: A Behind the Scenes Tour” •    April 9 – “Gideon Denison, Southern Land Deals and the Slave Trade” Tickets are $12 per program (members: $10) and can be purchased online ( or by calling 860.572.5322. Free parking will be available adjacent to the Collections Research Center in the Museum’s north parking lot.

Crowley Awards Scholarship to Williams-Mystic Student

Mariah Pepper, from Bryn Mawr, Penn., a student in the maritime studies program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, has been named as a recipient of a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually at the institution by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Pepper was selected based on academic success, financial need, and her interest in maritime trades and studies. In addition to participating in the Williams-Mystic program

Historical Ship Restorations, Alameda Shipyard


A $1m plus contract was recently awarded by the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. of Alameda for the restoration of the historic three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged sailing ship, Balclutha.  Known locally as the National Maritime Museum, the park is operated by the National Park Service.  Fred Shepherd, facility coordinator for the park, which is located adjacent to San Francisco's Fishermen's Wharf

Vietnam War-era Swift-class Patrol Boat to be Restored

Swift-class Patrol Boat for Restoration Project: Photo credit Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego acquires Vietnam war-era vessel for restoratation, appeals for donations. The Maritime Museum of San Diego announces the acquisition of a Vietnam War-era Swift Boat from the Republic of Malta for renovation and permanent display in San Diego. Formally called Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), the United States Navy’s PCFs were first put into service in 1965 when American sailors used them to patrol the coastline of South Vietnam to prevent sea infiltration of

Schubert To Be Sworn In As Maritime Administrator

William Grant Schubert, confirmed by the Senate last week as U.S. Maritime Administrator, will be sworn into office today on board the S.S. CAPE KENNEDY, berthed at the Erato Street wharf in New Orleans, LA. Administration officers at Schubert’s level are customarily sworn into office in Washington. Schubert said, “I can think of no more appropriate place to be sworn in than on board a working ship in a busy American port.”

Knight & Carver Re-Launches Classic 1914 Boat

San Diego's Knight & Carver YachtCenter recently hosted the re-launch party for Pilot, a vintage 1914 Pilot-boat. More than 200 members of the San Diego Maritime Museum, plus supporters, friends and civic leaders attended the invitation-only ceremony. The event was held on the docks of Knight & Carver, located along San Diego Bay, several miles south of the Coronado Bridge. "We're extremely proud to have been selected to host this historic event," said Sampson A

"Coast Guard Goes to the Movies"

USCG photo

The United States Coast Guard Museum in New London, Conn. is currently hosting an exhibit of vintage movie posters pertaining to the Coast Guard in films from the 1920s-1980s. The title of the exhibit is "Coast Guard goes to the Movies: The CDR Ralph W. Judd Collection." The show will run from Nov. 8, 2013 to May 26, 2014. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1954, Ralph W. Judd served on Coast Guard Cutter Northwind

M/V SeaStreak Liberty Offers New Route

SeaStreak America will begin offering Central Jersey commuters who travel into Manhattan a new and efficient mode of transportation. The "M/V SeaStreak Liberty" will operate from the new South Amboy Ferry Landing, 135 Lower Main Street, on the city's redeveloped waterfront. Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2002, the SeaStreak Liberty will provide five weekday departures from South Amboy. The 82-ft. high-speed catamaran carries 300 passengers to Pier 11 (Wall Street) and East

Coast Guard Responds to Drifting Barges

The Coast Guard responded to an incident on the Mississippi River that resulted in approximately 45 barges breaking free of their moorings in the vicinity of the Osage fleeting area approximately 1 mile south of the Popular Street Bridge. The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River Command Center received a call from the manager at Osage Marine informing the Coast Guard of the multiple barge break away. The Coast Guard immediately broadcasted a notice to mariners of the situation and

BTS Releases 2001 Statistics

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released National Transportation Statistics 2001. The report notes that there are 8,379 U.S. self-propelled vessels (of which 454 are oceangoing vessels of 1,000 gross tons or more). There are 33, 387 U.S. non-self-propelled vessels and 12,738,271 recreational vessels. U.S. vessels comprise approximately 2 percent of the world's international fleet. While a large number of U.S

Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern

Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships


 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

Image: SC Line

 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

PortMiami Dredging Clears Way for Mega Ships

Dredger in PortMiami (Photo: Port Miami)

PortMiami Deep Dredge gives businesses the infrastructure necessary for growth The completion of the PortMiami deep dredge project, which deepens the port’s main harbor channel from 42 feet to a depth of 52 feet to accommodate Post-Panamax ships

Struggle Continues at Vietnam Port

Photo credit: VietnamPlus

 The deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity, says local media reports.   The seven deep-water seaports have been built by the Cai Mep – Thi Vai Port Group in the southern province of Ba Ria –

All Set for Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races


  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015 in an area

NYK to Launch Car Carrier Service from Canaveral

NYK will begin car carrier transport service from Port Canaveral to Central and South Americas, starting October 10, 2015. The first vessel will be the MV Neptune Leader V 65.   “With the relatively short trucking distance between Port Canaveral and the numerous auto and heavy

Samsung Companies Consider Merger Again

Image: Samsung Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co will try again to merge with sister company Samsung Engineering Co Ltd later this year, reports Korea Times.   Samsung Engineering CEO Park Jung-heum has said he will once again pursue a merger talk.  

Cosco's Ambitious $1.5Bln Megaship Plan

MV Cosco China. Photo: COSCO

Chinese shipping behemoth Cosco Holdings has confirmed it will order 11 container megaships for $1.5 billion, despite an estimated 30 percent overcapacity in container shipping having sent freight rates to levels that at times don't even cover the fuel cost of moving containers across oceans

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs as Crude Prices Collapse

U.S. energy firms cut a surprisingly sharp 13 oil rigs this week, the first drop in seven weeks, as a renewed slump in prices this summer forced drillers to make a second round of cut-backs.   The decline erases weeks of small gains and brings the total to the week ending Sept

Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

Image: NOAA

Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters.   The center of Fred is expected to pass near or over the

USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

  The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica

Puget Sound Box Volumes Continue Growth in July

Photo: Port of Seattle

Container volumes through the newly established Northwest Seaport Alliance continued to post gains in July, growing nearly 8 percent compared to July 2014, according to the ports alliance.   The Northwest Seaport Alliance, formally launched by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma on August 4

Vietnam to Build Seaport Eyeing Kra Canal

Map by Mekong Delta Group

 A report in the Straits Times Vietnam is set to build a US$2.5 billion seaport in Ca Mau, its southernmost province, hoping to steal some spotlight away from the more popular regional hubs Singapore and Malaysia and could be a clue to Kra Canal.  

UN: Air Strikes on Yemen Port Could Worsen Aid Crisis

United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien said on Wednesday that air strikes by Saudi-led coalition airplanes on Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida were unacceptable and could worsen the country's humanitarian crisis.   Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces

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