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VIDEO: Science under sail

The tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry will depart Newport, Rhode Island, this summer on a five-week expedition to the Canadian Arctic. The voyage is an opportunity for the crew — consisting of scientists, a maritime historian, a film crew and 18 students — to observe, study and report on how climate change and the loss of summer sea ice are affecting the environment, wildlife and indigenous peoples.

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VIDEO: Do what you love

It has been eight years since Brian Trautman left his job, sold everything he owned and set sail for a seven-month cruise to Australia on board Delos. He’s still at it.

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VIDEO: Founders and friends

In the 1970s Ross Gannon, an engineer by training, and Nat Benjamin, who was working at Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard, crossed paths on Martha’s Vineyard.

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VIDEO: Raceboat merges art and engineering

Oracle Team USA, a two-time winner of the America’s Cup, debuted 17, its yacht for the upcoming race, during a ceremony in mid-February at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, where the team is based.

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VIDEO: Tamaroa’s final mission

The Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, whose more than half century of service included towing disabled warships in the Pacific during World War II and search-and-rescue missions along the East Coast during the “Perfect Storm” in 1991, will spend her retirement as an artificial reef off the New Jersey-Delaware coast.

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VIDEO: Downtime duties

All boats need periodic repairs, and the wooden tall ship Pride of Baltimore II is no exception. The offseason provides an ideal time for ship inspections and preventive maintenance. Among the repairs this season was the replacement of planks on the starboard side, aft quarter of the ship.

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VIDEO: Celebrating Tilghman Island

For as long as people have lived near the water, they have built boats. On Chesapeake Bay, which the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum reports has seen 13,000 years of human habitation, boats have been an integral part of everyday life.

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VIDEO: Coast Guardian

With treacherous currents caused by the collision of the Gulf Stream and the Virginia Drift, and the 12-mile sandbar Diamond Shoals, Cape Hatteras has earned the title “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

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VIDEO: Finally found

On May 19, 1845, Sir John Franklin’s search for the Northwest Passage began. He left England with two ships, Erebus and Terror, and 128 officers and men accompanied him.

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VIDEO: The power of sound

Jenni Stanley is a scientist with the Passive Acoustic Research group at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the research arm of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in the Northeast.

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VIDEO: Once a ship, now a reef

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Artificial Reef Program sank Kraken, a 371-foot cargo vessel, on Jan. 20 as part of an effort to create artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

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VIDEO: Yacht show returns to Miami Beach

Don’t miss the 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach show, which opens Thursday and continues through Monday.

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VIDEO: A piece of the good life

In 1874, 13-year-old Chris Smith built his first duck boat on the St. Clair River in Michigan. The simple boat, and simple beginnings, evolved to become the Chris-Craft boat company, famous for its mahogany-hulled powerboats.

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VIDEO: Keeping traditions alive

The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum is a working maritime village and museum in New Jersey.

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VIDEO: ‘The point is the doing’

In 1985 Bill Hable of Bloomer, Wisconsin, started building his perfect boat — a 41-foot, twin-masted schooner — in a backyard shed. The project was supposed to take 10 years, but 32 years later he’s still hard at work.

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VIDEO: The icemen cometh

One aspect of the Coast Guard’s 11-part mission is to keep shipping lanes open and facilitate commercial maritime activities across the Great Lakes and the Northeast, as well as provide year-round access to polar regions.

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VIDEO: Storms batter California landmark

SS Palo Alto has spent 87 years at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California, first as an amusement ship and then as a fishing pier. It has weathered many storms, but its future is uncertain.

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VIDEO: Protecting the past

The 6,000-pound anchor of the luxury steamer SS Greater Detroit has been recovered after spending 60 years at the bottom of the Detroit River.

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VIDEO: Cruising Chile

Where can you see icebergs, snow-capped volcanoes, rainforests, deserts and endless beaches? Chile, of course. But beyond the beautiful landscape is one of the great challenges in boating — rounding Cape Horn.

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VIDEO: Timely construction

Spirit Yachts, a boatbuilder in Suffolk, United Kingdom, posted this time-lapse video showing a crew putting the hull together on a 47CR sailing yacht.

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