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This Day in Naval History – Oct. 12

1914 - USS Jupiter (AC-3) is first Navy ship to complete transit of Panama Canal. 1944 - Aircraft from Carrier Task Force 38 attack Formosa. 1957 - RADM Dufek arrives at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica to command Operation Deep Freeze III during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. 1961 - Five men cholera treatment demonstration team from Naval Medican Research Unit, Taipei leaves to assist setting up of facilities to treat an epidemic in Manila. 1965 - End of Project Sealab II where teams of naval divers and scientists spent 15 days in Sealab moored 205 feet below surface near La Jolla, California. 1965 - First group of men commissioned into Navy Nurse Corps report for one month indoctrination to Naval Service…

This Day in Navy History

October 12, 1914 - USS Jupiter (AC-3) is first Navy ship to complete transit of Panama Canal. 1944 - Aircraft from Carrier Task Force 38 attack Formosa. 1957 - RADM Dufek arrives at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica to command Operation Deep Freeze III during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. 1961 - Five men cholera treatment demonstration team from Naval Medican Research Unit, Taipei leaves to assist setting up of facilities to treat an epidemic in Manila. 1965 - End of Project Sealab II where teams of naval divers and scientists spent 15 days in Sealab moored 205 feet below surface near La Jolla, California. 1965 - First group of men commissioned into Navy Nurse Corps report for one month indoctrination to Naval Service…

This Day in Naval History – October 12

1914 - USS Jupiter (AC-3) is first Navy ship to complete transit of Panama Canal. 1944 - Aircraft from Carrier Task Force 38 attack Formosa. 1957 - RADM Dufek arrives at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica to command Operation Deep Freeze III during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. 1961 - Five men cholera treatment demonstration team from Naval Medican Research Unit, Taipei leaves to assist setting up of facilities to treat an epidemic in Manila. 1965 - End of Project Sealab II where teams of naval divers and scientists spent 15 days in Sealab moored 205 feet below surface near La Jolla, California. 1965 - First group of men commissioned into Navy Nurse Corps report for one month indoctrination to Naval Service…

This Day in Navy History

1776 - Revolutionaries fight the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, N.Y. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters. 1824 - Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his yearlong tour of America. He returned to the yard October 12, to continue his visit. 1942 - Battle of Cape Esperance begins. In the two-day battle, an American task force stops a Japanese attack on Guadalcanal and sinking two Japanese ships in the process, while losing USS Duncan (DD 485). 1945 - Typhoon hits Okinawa, Japan, damaging many Navy ships. 1950 - Task Force 77 aircraft destroy North Korean vessels off Songjin, Wonsan and north of Hungham.

Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming

Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino. Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens is pushing for a riverboat there, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed Stephens' bid for a casino. Daley said he is not interested in bringing riverboat gambling to Chicago, but if Rosemont wants the dormant Silver Eagle license, he won't raise objections

GD Bath Ironworks Lays DDG 1001 Keel

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrate the keel laying of 'Michael Monsoor' (DDG 1001), the second ship in the planned 3- ship Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers. The keel unit is the 4,400-ton, heavily outfitted mid-forebody section of the ship, which was moved from the shipyard's Ultra Hall construction facility earlier in the month onto the building ways. Brent West, DDG 1000 program manager for Bath Iron Works, hosted the ceremony and welcomed the audience of several hundred Bath Iron Works employees, Navy personnel and representatives of other major subcontractors in the program. "This is a special day, as it marks a milestone in the construction of a ship…

Samskip Completes Reefer Acquisition

One of five reefer vessels now acquired by Samskip Logistics - renamed Samskip Arctic (Photo: Samskip)

Silver Green AS, owned 50% by Samskip, is changing its name to Silver Sea AS to mark the finalization of a series of ownership changes. The new name reflects a consolidation by Samskip of its position in the reefer vessel segment, including the strengthening its ownership in the company and direct investment in reefer vessels. Silver Green AS, based in Bergen, Norway, operates a fleet of 14 reefer vessels. The company is a market leader within its segment, with its primary trading being in the North Atlantic, Baltic, North Sea and Black Sea. Samskip Logistics now owns five reefer vessels.

USS Indiana Presentation Silver Heads Home

U.S. Navy presentation silver that once traveled aboard the USS Indiana (BB 58), a World War II battleship that supported training preparedness in Pearl Harbor, after the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941, will reside indefinitely at the USS Indianapolis Museum inside the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Ind. Under an official agreement with the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), the silver set is now on loan to the museum. The 39-piece set, which includes 22 main items, among them a fish platter, water pitcher, vegetable dish, and tea urn, was originally donated by the state of Indiana in 1896 to the Navy. The set is appraised at $1.5 million, which includes two candelabras valued at $450,000.

Historic First For Silversea in Corfu

Silversea Ships

For the first time in the 18-year history of Silversea Cruises, three of the ultra-luxury line's ships -- Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit -- called in the same port on the same day. The historic convergence of the three ships took place today in beautiful Corfu, a Greek island renowned for its lush green hills and pure white beaches. Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit greeted each other by sounding their whistles as they sailed into this charming and sophisticated port.

Silversea's New Flagship Arrives in America

Photo courtesy Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises' new flagship, Silver Spirit, arrived Jan. 19 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, completing her maiden crossing of the Atlantic, a 16-day voyage which began in Lisbon on January 3. The all-suite Silver Spirit will host several days of inaugural activities while in Fort Lauderdale, including an exclusive evening event on January 20 for guests sailing on the 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage. In a first for the cruise company, the invitation-only Christening Ceremony taking place on January 21 will be broadcast live on the Silver Spirit Blog on the company's Internet site…

Odyssey: First Load of Silver Cargo From Three Miles Deep

Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq:OMEX), announced it has successfully recovered approximately 48 tons of silver bullion from a depth of approximately three miles. This initial recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, totals 1,203 silver bars or approximately 1.4 million troy ounces of silver and has been transported to a secure facility in the United Kingdom. After unloading the cargo, taking on fuel and changing  personnel, recovery operations will continue and are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012.This record-breaking operation has so far produced the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals from a shipwreck.

Silver Whisper Is Christened In Genoa, Italy

Silversea Cruises, today welcomed the 382-passenger, 28,258 grt Silver Whisper into its fleet. Following the time honored tradition of blessing and christening a ship, Godmother Marzia Lefebvre D'Ovidio, wife of Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio, broke the traditional bottle of champagne onto the bow of Silver Whisper at a morning ceremony heralding the arrival of Silversea's fourth luxury vessel.

Odyssey Recovers 1.8 Million Ounces of Silver From Shipwreck

Gairsoppa - Silver

The latest recovery from SS Gairsoppa reportedly set the world record for deepest, largest precious metal recovery. Odyssey Marine Exploration said it has recovered more than 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, consists of 1,574 silver ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each or almost 1.8 million troy ounces in total, sets a new record for the deepest and largest precious metal recovery from a shipwreck.

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017, Silversea Cruises said. As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions. When sailing Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, the guest complement will be restricted to 200.

Sunken Treasure Hunters Latest on 'SS Gairsoppa' Project

Seabed Worker: Photo credit Swire Seabed

Odyssey Marine Exploration inform the 'Seabed Worker', will cease salvage operations to make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations under an extension of the charter agreement. No materials recovered from the shipwreck site will be landed during this port call in Ireland. Pursuant to Odyssey's agreement with the UK Government, the company…

Fincantieri Launches Silver Muse

Photo: Fincantieri

Silver Muse, the new ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for the ship owner Silversea Cruises, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in April 2017. The launching was introduced by the traditional and well-wishing coin ceremony, consisting, according to an ancient shipbuilding custom, in welding a silver commemorative coin on the last deck of the ship. The Godmother of the ceremony was Costanza Lefebvre d’Ovidio…

RIBS: AMBAR's RIBS Have Silver Linings

With the demand for aluminum boats hitting an all-time high within recent months, Silver Ships/AMBAR Marine has risen to the occasion to meet the stringent requirements of its customers, most of whom are government and/or security agencies on some level. With customers ranging from the U.S. Navy to the Jamaica Coast Guard, the U.S. National Park Service, and various City and State Police, Fire and Rescue departments, Silver Ships - with 18 years experience - is no stranger to the aluminum boat industry. Most recently, the organization, based in Theodore, La., delivered a trio of 44-ft. (13.4-m) twin engine, water jet propelled Fast Patrol Boats to the Jamaican Coast Guard. Equipped with Caterpillar marine diesels driven by Twin Disc water jets, the boats can move at speeds up to 40 knots.

Oman Shipping Names Two New Tankers

The recently named tanker Muscat Silver (image: Oman Shipping)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has performed the naming ceremony for two new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver. The ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal which will see 10 MR tankers delivered to it over the next year. All the vessels will be chartered to Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd for its Project Silver, which consists of 50 new-builds. They will each operate worldwide with 20-strong crews - including a number of Omani officers.

Great Ship - Silver River

Designed for the economical, international and ecological transport of oil and chemicals, Silver River, constructed by German-based Lindenau was delivered to one of the largest Chinese shipowners - China Changjiang Shipping Group on June 26, 1999. Classed by Germanischer Lloyd as a Chemical/Oil Tanker, the vessel is the third out of a four-part series built within 1.5 years by Lindenau. This newbuilding, which joined its sister vessel Gold River delivered on March 1, 1999, is a member of Lindenau's Tanker Class 2000 featuring internationally patented Lindenau bulbous bows - allowing the vessels to reach speeds of 14.8 knots at a constant engine output of 2,920 kW.

Salvors to Show Treasure in NY Times Square

Manipulating recovery of a gold bar: Image courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration

At Discovery Times Square, New York, Odyssey Marine Exploration will show silver recovered from the 'SS Gairsoppa' shipwreck. The company's multi-media traveling exhibit, 'Shipwreck' opens at Discovery Times Square in New York City on May 24, 2013 for the first public unveilling of silver bullion recovered from the World War II-era SS Gairsoppa shipwreck. Silver which lay approximately three miles deep, will be on display in the first public showing of some of the 1,218 silver bars (approximately 48 tons) of silver recovered to date from the Gairsoppa…

Sunken Treasure Hunters Odyssey Report Progress

Photo courtesy of Odyssey

Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. report their progress on work on 'SS Gairsoppa' & 'HMS Victory'. The chartered vessel working on the SS Gairsoppa project, the Seabed Worker, will make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland, beginning August 15, 2012. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations. Meanwhile a 10-week accumulation of silver in the smelting and monetization process from the first load of silver delivered to a UK port.

Treasure Hunters Contract Bullion Processors

Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, announce their contract with JBR Recovery Limited to support the logistics, refining and monetization of the anticipated silver cargoes from SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola when recovered. Both the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects are being conducted under contract with the UK Department for Transport. Under these contracts, which follow standard commercial practices, Odyssey will retain 80% of the net salved value of the cargoes after recovery of expenses. Both merchant ships were torpedoed by German submarines, the Gairsoppa during WWII and the Mantola during WWI. During those wars, the UK government insured privately owned cargo under their War Risk Insurance program.

Silversea To Rename Expedition Ship

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- April 20, 2011) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today announced plans to change the name of the Prince Albert II, its expedition ship, to Silver Explorer. The change will occur later this month while the vessel is in dry dock at the Lisnave shipyard in Setubal, Portugal, undergoing routine maintenance prior to commencing a summer program of Northern Europe and Arctic voyages. "Our expansion into adventure travel has turned out quite successful and we have to prepare for the possibility of adding more ships," said Manfredi Lefebvre, Silversea's chairman.

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