These are stories about people whose vocations and avocations involve a passion for the maritime. Here you will find boat builders, artists, sea explorers, sunken ships and, of course, sailors.
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SPOTLIGHT: Cruising the Seas
It's the antithesis to Tall Ship sailing, or even sailing in general. And "environmentally-friendly" efforts aside, are we sure this behemoth complements efforts to preserve and protect our oceans. to lower emissions in ports and to encourage respect of this delicate resource and ecosystem?

The motorized seaside resort takes to the ocean (The Independent, Nov. 1, 2009)
The considerable and luxurious bulk of the world's largest cruise ship is today bearing down on an unsuspecting Isle of Wight. The newly completed Oasis of the Seas – five times the size of the Titanic, three times that of the QE2, and 40 per cent larger than any other cruise ship afloat – is preparing to bring itself to a brief halt in the Solent tomorrow. It will drop off 300 shipyard workers not needed on the rest of the voyage, before the 20-storey, 1,180ft-long leviathan leaves en route to Florida.


In the News: Week of Nov. 8, 2009

2 Japanese subs from World War II era are found off Hawaii (NYT, Nov. 12, 2009)
Researchers on Thursday announced the discovery of two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to carry aircraft for attacks on American cities and the Panama Canal, in deep water off Hawaii, where they were sunk 63 years ago.


Week of Oct. 25, 2009

World's largest cruise ship sets sail from Finland (AP, Oct. 30, 2009)
The world's largest cruise liner on Friday began its maiden voyage to Florida, gliding out from a shipyard in Finland with an amphitheater, basketball courts and an ice rink on board.


Hearing may finally end Titanic battle over artifacts (The Virginian-Pilot, Oct. 27, 2009)
The company that holds thousands of artifacts from the Titanic luxury liner returned to federal court in Norfolk on Monday seeking sole title to the property and an end to more than 15 years of legal wrangling over the treasure.

Week of 18, 2009

House passes cruise ship safety legislation (LA Times, Oct. 24, 2009)
An effort to boost federal oversight of the $40.2-billion cruise industry moved closer to becoming law Friday when the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill requiring cruise lines to improve their crime reporting and safety procedures.

Australian Jessica Watson has departed on her journey. Her goal: to sail alone around the world. But unlike Joshua Slocum, Watson is a mere 16-years-old. She will traverse some of the world's most dangerous, unpredictable waters in a test of strength and determination, and if she succeeds she will hold the record for the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. Some believe it is a foolish move, particularly in light of her dramatic collision not long ago with a cargo ship. Fair winds and following seas, Watson.

Jessica Watson sails off on world bid (The Daily Telegraph, Oct. 18, 2009)
An Australian schoolgirl bidding to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world began her journey Sunday, despite urgings from officials to abandon the perilous endurance test.


Week of 11, 2009

Sea gives up secrets to experts (BBC, Oct. 16, 2009)
With shafts of sunlight shimmering through a few metres of crystal clear water, you can pick out the cornerstones of an ancient civilisation which inspired literature and legend.

Councillor occupies historic ship (BBC, Oct. 12, 2009)
A protester has occupied the remains of the world's oldest surviving clipper ship which is scheduled for demolition at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Week of Oct. 4, 2009

Titanic memorial cruise to sail on 100th anniversary (AP, Oct. 5, 2009)
A trans-Atlantic cruise is being offered in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Logbooks may yield climate bounty (BBC, Oct. 5, 2009)
Scientists hope weather data from 18th Century ships' logbooks will throw new light on how the climate has changed in the past 200 years.

Week of Sept. 27, 2009

French couple receive woman's 2003 note in a bottle (The Boston Globe, Oct. 2, 2009)
Each year on her birthday, Ann Hernandez and her boyfriend, Alan Tomaska, would settle on the rocky shore of Thacher Island and uncork a bottle of champagne in a toast to the day. When the bottle was empty and the tide going out, Hernandez would tuck a handwritten message inside and Tomaska would hurl the bottle over the rocks and into the crashing surf.


Fans of world's fastest ocean liner put out a distress call (WSJ, Sept. 30, 2009)
Dan McSweeney has a few ideas for saving the United States. That would be the SS United States -- the fastest ocean liner in the world. Bigger than the Titanic and fast enough to water-ski behind, she's a steamship so sophisticated, her capabilities remained a Cold War secret for decades.


Restorers seek clues to ship's history (The News Journal, Oct.3, 2009)
For decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ships serviced lighthouses and lightships along the coast, providing supplies, fuel, mail and transportation.


Teen sailor won't abandon solo voyage (ABC News (Australia), Sept. 28, 2009)
Queensland teenager Jessica Watson will continue her quest to sail solo around the world, despite a warning from the State Government to abandon it.


Week of Sept. 20, 2009

An ambitious group of students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will sail roundtrip between New York Harbor and Albany. But this is no ordinary boat--this one is powered by hydrogen. Their hope is to spread the word on this source of alternative energy. Read about their project.

Uncharted waters: Students retrofit sailboat with hydrogen power and motor up the Hudson (Scientific American)
The New Clermont Project comes 200 years after Robert Fulton drove the world's first commercial steamboat, The Clermont, from New York to Albany. William Gathright, a doctoral student in Rensselaer's Materials Science and Engineering Department, began assembling the crew and resources necessary for this green-fueled tour of the Hudson earlier this year. Gathright is also pursuing a master's in management from Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology.

Douglas Hunter, a historian and sailor, writes of Henry Hudson (Boston Globe, Sept. 22, 2009)
Four hundred years ago tomorrow, Henry Hudson anchored his ship Half Moon in the river that now bears his name, just south of what is now Albany.

Sept. 13, 2009

Extending the schooner fest (Gloucester Daily Times, Sept. 14, 2009)
If you thought Gloucester's 2009 schooner races ended with the 25th anniversary of the Schooner Festival held Labor Day Weekend, think again.