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A captain in name only

captain0620He has commanded breakfast tables for 50 years, but as it turns out, Cap’n Crunch doesn’t technically hold the rank of captain.

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VIDEO: Another duck boat sinking

More than 30 passengers aboard a popular duck boat that offers tours of Liverpool, England, scrambled into the water this past weekend after the Yellow Duckmarine began to sink after driving down a ramp and into the water.

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VIDEO: Dangerous 400-mile chase

Navy and Coast Guard helicopters and vessels chased a 38-foot “super panga” powered by triple 200-hp Yamaha outboards nearly 400 miles before capturing three suspected drug smugglers off San Diego.

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VIDEO: Century-old wreck a ‘fantastic find’

shipwreck2The Great Lakes are known for big storms and an estimated 10,000 shipwrecks.

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VIDEO: Over the moon about stitch-and-glue

When you think of stitch-and-glue construction you might think kayaks and dinghies. Well, Moon River ain’t no dink.

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VIDEO: Riding the dragon

To most, a tidal bore is a phenomenon in which the leading edge of an incoming tide forms a wave of water that travels up a river and against the current.

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Making whale strikes a thing of the past

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposal to permanently adopt rules it instituted five years ago to protect North Atlantic right whales, including a 10-knot speed limit for vessels 65 feet or longer in waters where the whales gather in certain seasons.

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VIDEO: Beast of the sea

The smaller convertible fishboat faces a serious competitor these days in the big, outboard-powered center consoles. They use less fuel, they're faster and they're less expensive than their inboard-powered brethren.

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VIDEO: The good, the bad and the ugly

“On some occasions it was so bad I stood by the hatchway in my oilskins and wondered how much more she would take.” — Sir Alec Rose

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VIDEO: On the edge of disaster

What started as a relaxing evening cruise turned into a life-or-death rescue with two men, their wives and two dogs teetering at the edge of a waterfall.

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VIDEO: Female rescue swimmer makes chief petty officer

In 1984, a year after the deadly capsize and sinking of the 605-foot ship Marine Electric in a winter storm, Congress directed the Coast Guard to “establish a helicopter rescue swimming program for the purpose of training selected Coast Guard personnel in rescue swimming skills.”

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VIDEO: ‘The kindest, the wisest’

Five-time Olympic sailing medalist Sir Ben Ainslie paid a poignant tribute to Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died in an America’s Cup training accident on San Francisco Bay, at his longtime friend’s funeral last Friday in his hometown of Sherborne in Dorset, England.

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VIDEO: Classy comeback

I’ll be writing a short piece on this gem of a boat for the August issue of Soundings. It’s a Calypso Classic 23.

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VIDEO: Fish of a lifetime

The fishing had been quiet all day, lucky angler Michael Eisele said of his getaway trip off the Norwegian island of Sørøya.

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VIDEO: Riding the wind

The largest gathering of boardsailors in the world congregates each May off Gruissan, France, for an event that has to be seen to be believed.

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VIDEO: “Quadcopter” view of Costa Concordia

costainside0523The captain responsible for creating the most expensive maritime salvage operation in history will stand trial for the Costa Concordia shipwreck and faces 20 years in jail, an Italian judge ruled Wednesday.

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VIDEO: ‘I can’t thank you enough’

rowers2The Coast Guard says it has a hand in saving thousands of lives each year. Some of those it rescues are more grateful — or at least more demonstrative in showing their gratitude — than most.

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‘That’s a long time to be camping’

searchinside0523You’d think Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews have seen just about everything, but the case of Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews was a new one.

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VIDEO: Strike four!

Persistence in pursuing a dream is important to Trevor Wilson, a 72-year-old British author and sailor who apparently has a solo sail across the Atlantic Ocean on his bucket list.

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VIDEO: White-knuckle moments

There might have been a dry mouth or two among the crew of this commercial fishing boat as it jogged into big, foaming seas and gale conditions in the North Atlantic.

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