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The Felicity Ann project

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is working to restore and relaunch Ann Davison's historic sloop Felicity Ann.

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Proposed federal budget would eliminate Sea Grant program

seagrantIn late March, President Trump proposed a budget that would slash the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s funding by 17 percent and eliminate several educational and research programs, if Congress approves. One of the proposed cuts would eliminate NOAA’s $73 million National Sea Grant College Program, which supports coastal research conducted through 33 university programs across the country, including every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, Lake Champlain and Guam.

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Cruising sailors’ second encounter with pirates ends tragically

sailors_pirates_leadGerman sailor Jurgen Kantner, whom Somali pirates captured nine years ago and later released, was beheaded in February by a militant Islamic group in the Philippines that had kidnapped him in November and demanded a $600,000 ransom. The group, Abu Sayyaf, released a video of the 70-year-old sailor’s beheading.

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Did a fire on board sink the Titanic?

TitanicIt may have been fire, not ice, that sank the Titanic. A new Smithsonian Channel documentary suggests that a smoldering coal fire was to blame for the 1912 disaster that killed 1,500 people some 400 miles south of Newfoundland.

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VIDEO: Harland & Wolff: builders of the Titanic

Harland & Wolff: builders of the Titanic.

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