Owls Head Transportation Museum auction boats

Published on August 13, 2018 by in Talk

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Lots of pictures here and more at the Owls Head Transportation website, just google the name.  We will be talking with them on the next Boattalk, Tuesday August 14  10-11am.  89.9fm Downeast 99.9fm Bangor and weru.org.  These beauties are going to be auctioned off at the Owls Head Transportation Museum this coming weekend aug. 17-18.  They are shown in the vehicle inventory tab.  a.s.

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Hunley News

Published on July 23, 2018 by in Talk

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youtu.be/CxgAtYRmi5E

I have been interested in the history of the Confederate submarine the Hunley.  it was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  It rammed an explosive on the end of a long spar into the USS Housatonic sinking it.  The Hunley was lost after the attack and recovered in 2000.  Nobody knew what caused the sub to be lost.  Now it appears that the blast killed the crew also.  Above is a link to a recent video with evidence for the claim.  a.s.

 

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What about the merchant marine?

Published on June 12, 2018 by in Talk

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gcaptain.com/top-10-reasons-why-the-us-merchant-marine-is-failing/

read this interesting article by gcaptain’s john konrad

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Classic boats are worth saving.

Published on June 7, 2018 by in Talk

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On the upcoming Boattalk June 12 we will be talking about many things and probably won’t have time to talk about restoring old boats.  It is a visual thing anyway, so here is a good one.   www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/document.do?docId=1217&campaign=email060718&trk_msg=978I571JCLBKD22GNPTMKQUBQ4&trk_contact=1NSMMGLNAADV7B0NIF5LJ2HDNS&trk_sid=S7TUFBR0335K84FMPLUVRTHN8S&espm=9C22D149653346578850BE7B6A6BCBD1&espc=426BF90D52B7F39BAC1793CB598A2DBF&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Main+Read+More+Button&utm_campaign=Weekly+Feature+-+April+2018&utm_content=Classic+Boat+Article#.WxlI-nBjHuk.email

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2018 Boattalk Cruise

Published on May 31, 2018 by in Talk

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The annual Boattalk Cruise wil happen on Saturday June 23 this year.  We ship-out on the Sea Princess leaving the Northeast Harbor Town Dock at 6:15 pm returning about 8:30 pm.  Many thanks to Bar Harbor Cruises for again donating the Sea Princess barharborcruises.com   We will check-out the boats in Northeast and Southwest Harbors plus Hinckleys, Jock William’s, Abel’s, and Mt. Desert Yacht Yards.  And all the natural beauty that is Somes Sound: Man-o-war brook made before the days of bottled water, the mountain that was donated by Rev. Smith and his wife, probably see eagles, peregrines, osprey, seals, and dying red pines.   Adding to the excitement is the pot-luck dining.  We put finger food on the engine box to share and probably exchange recipes.  It is BYOB and don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera too.  Tickets are just $20 per person with children under 12 free.  Call WERU during regular business hours at 469-6600 to purchase your tickets.  Tickets go on sale Monday June 4th.  The cruise usually sells out, so it is best to buy your tickets early.  The boat is fully covered and we go rain or shine.  It’s a real sound venture.

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El Faro Report

Published on May 28, 2018 by in Talk

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Just out, here is an “uptown” version of the final report on the El Faro sinking.  Sixteen pages, it’s not that short.  a.s.el faro sinking short report

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Long look at El Faro

Published on April 9, 2018 by in Talk

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It’s a long article, but goes in depth (couldn’t resist) to the many facets of a complex situation.

www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/inside-el-faro-the-worst-us-maritime-disaster-in-decades

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Hurricane Hole

Published on March 25, 2018 by in Talk

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Hurricanes Irma and Marie both hit St. John USVI as category 5 storms last fall.  An eye witness account from a survivor in Hurricane Hole said there must have been a hundred boats tied/anchored/moored in Hurricane Hole before Hurricane Maria hit.  After the the storm there were six still on their anchors.  These pictures were taken in March 2018 after many boats had been salvaged.

 

Most insurance policies don’t cover wind damage anywhere south of Virginia.  Lots of sad stories.  Additional comments welcome and will be added.  a.s.

 

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Boattalk Cruise

Published on June 21, 2015 by in Talk

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The Father’s Day Boattalk Cruise is a go inspite of the weather. The boat is fully covered and quite stable. Besides, my wife made some incredible, superedible, mini-whoopie pies with chocolate chip cookies and very tasty cinnamon chocolate filling. Rain won’t dampen our appetites. Seas the day.

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December’s Boattalk

Published on January 7, 2015 by in Talk

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This is the tanker mentioned by David Irvin in the Panama Canal. This and several other good stories of sailing from Maine to New Zealand.tanker in panama canal-001

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