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Buried in the sands of time

A pocket watch dug out of the sea floor helps unravel the story of an 1881 cargo ship sinking

The pocket watch was in good shape for spending 128 years on the bottom.Rich Hughes was diving the shallow wreck of a ship when he spied what he thought was a silver coin. That small piece of treasure turned out to be a 19th century pocket watch with a simple inscription that led the 39-year-old Briton on a nine-year journey of detective work and discovery that eventually put the watch back into the hands of a distant relative.

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Historian says ship was doomed

Historian David Roberts says there is not much known about the Barbara, but there are records of her being constructed as a large square-rigger in Sunderland, near Newcastle, on England's northeast coast in 1877.

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'So simple, so easy, yet so devastating'

A mother's lament after one of the most common of accidents, falling overboard, takes her son's life

Hemingway's Maritime Patriot 23 eventually beached itself on Nantucket with his wife and children aboard.The sea is uncompromising, it is impersonal, and it is blind to a mariner's hard-earned experience. It can exploit the slightest misstep and give it a tragic turn.

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Crash highlights perils of night boating

Erica Blizzard was convicted of negligent homicide for failing to post a proper lookout

Erica Blizzard drove the Formula 370 Super Sport into a vertical granite outcropping on Diamond Island.The manager of a New Hampshire marina was sentenced to at least six months in jail and must pay the state $4,000 to promote boating safety for driving her 37-foot powerboat into an island, resulting in the death of her best friend.

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Safety takes a proactive approach

Today's boater has an array of electronic safety devices if trouble strikes on the water

The fatal accidents involving Erica Blizzard and Jonathan Hemingway illustrate how even experienced skippers can face tragic results if they fail to practice prudent seamanship.

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