Is it finders keepers or a kind of hostage-taking when a fisherman “rescues” an oceanographic buoy that was adrift and won’t return it to the U.S. Geological Survey until the government agency pays him for his trouble?
A team of scientists and investigators have found the voyage data recorder from El Faro, the cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin last fall with all 33 hands on board.
Four men who ventured 300 miles off Colombia’s west coast in a 23-foot skiff to fish were set adrift when their boat’s engine failed. When a ship spotted the boat in the central Pacific two months later, only one of the fishermen remained.
New York City was on the verge of losing the last remnants of its once-vibrant maritime hub in lower Manhattan in 1967 when Peter and Norma Stanford quit their uptown jobs to found the South Street Seaport Museum and saved dozens of historic treasures. The Stanfords are considered icons in maritime heritage circles, whose members fondly remembered Peter when he died March 24 at the age of 89.
As friends, family and sailors in the Clipper Round the World Race mourned her loss, Clipper founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston promised a full investigation into the death of IchorCoal crewmember Sarah Young, who was swept overboard shortly before midnight April 1 in heavy seas and 35- to 40-knot winds as a localized low enveloped the 12-boat fleet in the north Pacific.
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