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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

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

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.”

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

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

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

"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

Japan Wants U.S., South Korea Help in South China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korea's president on Monday he wanted cooperation between the two countries and the United States in maintaining an open and peaceful South China Sea, a Japanese government spokesman said. Abe has in the past been critical of China's assertiveness

Airplane Crosses the Atlantic in a Box

For the trip, the plane’s wings were removed and the body and all disassembled parts were stowed in a 40-foot cube container. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Chicago Express brings vintage Messerschmitt to the U.S.   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has transported some unusual cargo from Rotterdam to Norfolk. Securely packed in a 40-foot cube container, the vintage fighter airplane, a Messerschmitt Bf 109

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

USDOT Designates Gulfport, MS as a Strategic Port

Gulfport MS.jpg

The Mississippi State Port Authority was notified by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) that the Port of Gulfport has been designated as a Strategic Seaport by the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).  

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

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

Headquarters in Sejong City

  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Repurposed Containers Fill Gap in South African Retail

Photo: 27 Boxes

A short drive west of Johannesburg on the edge of a fading bohemian high street stands 27 Boxes, a mosaic-colored retail center built entirely of old shipping containers.   Opened in August, it consists of 27 iron containers stacked Lego-like into three floors of stores ranging from a

India to Develop 78 Lighthouses as Tourism Centers

Image: Kapu Beach Lighthouse

 The Ministry of Shipping, along with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) has drawn up an ambitious programme to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP).   

J.B. Hunt: Boost in Intermodal Business

Photo:  J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc

 J.B. Hunt Transport Services, one of the largest transportation companies in North America, reported increased profits in the third quarter as demand grew for transporting shipping containers.   The company reported third-quarter earnings of $115

Front Street Shipyard Partners with Norwegian Ferry Builder

Photo: Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon fiber ferries throughout the United States under the new company name Arcadia Alliance.   Working in conjunction with Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes

Hurricane Patricia weakens to a tropical storm over Mexico

Image Courtesy NOAA

  Patricia, one of the strongest ever hurricanes, weakened on Saturday to a tropical storm over Mexico after slamming into the country as a very powerful hurricane on Friday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Mowing down trees, flooding streets and battering buildings

Hurricane Patricia Brings Rain, Flooding to Louisiana

Torrential rainstorms battered Louisiana on Sunday, leaving thousands without power, after pounding southeastern Texas as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia converged with a second storm. The heaviest band of rain moved over the Gulf of Mexico

US Port Projects Awarded $44.3 Mln in Grants

Oxnard Harbor District (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

After evaluating 627 applications, 50 of which were from ports, for the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced 39 awards for $500 million in funding to be made in the seventh

Royal IHC Names Dredger Mahury

 Shoalbuster 3009 naming ceremony (2)

Shipbuilder Royal IHC has named the Mahury, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) on October 29, 2015 at its partner MTG Dolphin’s shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The new TSHD is Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging’s fourth IHC-built vessel

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