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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Eagle boats

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 12, 2014

The Eagle boats were designed during World War I to serve the US Navy as submarine chasers. The then-existing class of submarine chasers had proven too slow and with insufficient range to counter the German U-boat menace. The problem was that…

William Lewis Herndon

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 18, 2014

William Lewis Herndon (1813-1857) was appointed Midshipman in the relatively new United States Navy in 1828, serving afloat in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Gulf of Mexico. From 1842 through 1847, he served at the new Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office in Washington…

USS Michigan

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 7, 2014

As a consequence of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837-38, the Royal Navy employed two armed steamers on Lake Erie. These were the first armed vessels on the Great Lakes since the end of the War of 1812. In response, the United States Navy determined to employ its own warship on the Great Lakes.

Joshua James - Lifesaver

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 16, 2012

Joshua James (1826-1902) served as a lifesaver for 60 of his 75 years. Born in Hull, Massachusetts, he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society (an organization modeled on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – RNLI) at age 15 after his mother and one of his sisters died in a ship wreck.

Coastwise Merchant Seamen of WW II

Posted to Coastwise Merchant Seamen of WW II (by Don Horton) on February 4, 2011

During the first part of WW II the German U-boat were sinking our ships faster than we could build them. The rate of sinkings were so great, our government directed the news media to not print the acutal sinkings for fear the seamen would shear…

Konecranes take over Indian WMI

Posted to Konecranes take over Indian WMI (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 3, 2010

The Indian company WMI Cranes Ltd. (“WMI”) has been taken over by Konecranes. According to a spokesman of Konecranes’ which is well known for making heavy duty cranes for the maritime sector the acquisition marks an important step in strengthening…

Drill Ship Construction Boom in Brazil

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on September 14, 2010

Petrobras alone is responsible for ordering a total of 28 drill ships of which 9 have already gone through the tendering process and will soon start being built. Transocean is building 9 drill ships at international shipyards, including the Petrobras 10…

China buys Greece, adds it to growing country portfolio

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on June 17, 2010

No purchase price was given, but Chinese officials said they had paid “billions of dollars” for the debt-stricken Mediterranean country earlier this week. Okay, that’s not exactly how it went down, but it may as well have been. Bad jokes aside…