Well, don’t expect to get hit by a whale from above very often…
Tall Ships are obviously a love and fascination for many people. Even if you’re not "into sail" the majesty and power of these vessels can be awe inspiring.
CNN has a nice rundown of some various Tall Ship activities that are happening during the 2013 year. Check them out, some might be near you.
The SS United States, a history ocean liner from the 1950s and 1960s is just a couple of months from being sold for scrap unless more money for its restoration can be raised. Check it out and contribute if you feel led. These old ships hold a fascination for many, and are such an important part of our maritime heritage.
Fox News has a writeup of the current situation.
Several years ago, Paul and Rachel Chandler were taken hostage by Somali pirates while cruising. They were then held for 388 days before their release was arranged. Three years later they are returning to sea – in the same yacht.
I have to admire their perseverance and desire for the sea.
The USS Constitution, first launced in 1797 and the U.S. Navy’s oldest commissioned warship sailed under its own power today. The last time it sailed itself was in 1881. Other times it has been towed for various displays.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the Consitution defeating the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.
OK, when you think we would have found everything the Earth has to offer, along comes something new.
A floating "raft" of pumice (volcanic rock) – nearly 10,000 square miles of it. The state of Rhode Island is only 1,200 square miles.
The way I read this other article, its not one solid chunk, but rather many, many golf-ball sized rocks, floating together.
Interesting article covering wave powered, remote controlled robotic craft. A set of them are well on their way toward crossing the Pacific, while others are gathering data in the oceans around the world.
End of the article hints a bigger models to come. People have been traveling on "slow boats" for 1000’s of years. Wonder if it will come back around someday.
The American Queen, A 436 passenger, classic paddle wheeler boat (with a pair of modern “Z-drive” pod propellers) is again providing service on the Mississippi River.
The American Queen, the largest passenger steamboat ever built, has returned to service on the Mississippi River — offering passengers regular overnight cruises on the river for the first time in four years.