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Soundings’ home port and its role in the War of 1812

The British torched 27 ships in a surpirse attack on Essex, Conn., on April 6, 1814.Quaint, manicured, quintessentially New England, Essex, Conn., is known for the historic Griswold Inn, its Federalist and Colonial-era  homes and, among history buffs, the surprise British raid on Essex harbor’s merchant and privateer fleet in April 1814.

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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - May 2014

 Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute

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Bayliner adds two models

Bayliner continues to produce boat-engine-trailer packages with affordability in mind. This year the Lake Forest, Ill., builder unveils two new boats: the Bayliner 642 and the Element XL.

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Captain faulted in report on the Bounty sinking

Capt. Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' to sail put the Bounty crew in an 'ectraordinarily hazardous situation,' according to the NTSB.The Bounty’s last voyage should never have been attempted, and its captain’s “reckless decision” to sail the 108-foot wooden square-rigger into the forecast path of Hurricane Sandy was the probable cause of the 52-year-old ship’s October 2012 sinking, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Coast Guard 44 Motor Lifeboat

Illustration by Jim Ewing

July 4, 1980. A 58-foot powerboat was laboring off the wave-tossed Oregon coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Celia. As it approached Tillamook Harbor, the seas grew rougher, funneling between two jetties. The yacht attempted the passage but became uncontrollable. A Coast Guard 44 Motor Lifeboat plunged into the maelstrom. Positioned to break some of the waves, it escorted the yacht to safety.

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