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The Coast Guard cutter Alert was on drug patrol in the Pacific off Central America when it came across a pair of olive ridley sea turtles entangled in fishing nets. “Jumping into the ocean to free a couple of sea turtles is not something you wake up in the morning expecting to do,” says seaman Brandon Groshens. “It was a really great feeling as they swam away, knowing that we saved their lives.”

May 2015 issue

 

Shepherdess on the Benjamin River, Maine

Benjamin Mendlowitz photo

Camera: Nikon D800

Shutter speed: 1/320 second

Lens focal length: 58mm

Aperture: f/9

ISO: 200

May 2015 issue

   

Tough as nails but well-respected by all

Capt. Virginia WagnerVirginia Wagner was a pioneer among professional female captains during a 28-year career in which she logged more than 400,000 nautical miles. She earned licenses in two countries: a 3,000-ton Coast Guard license and a Class 4 Ocean Master license in Great Britain.

Wagner died of mesothelioma cancer Jan. 30. She was 58 years old.

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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - April 2015

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

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Mercury powers up to 400 hp

Enough is not enough when it comes to outboard horsepower — at least that’s the consensus among Mercury Marine’s customers. The push for more ponies prompted the engine manufacturer to hit the water with its most powerful outboards yet: the 350 Verado and Mercury Racing 400R Verado.

“We take a bit of pride at Mercury in being about high performance, and with these engines, we have the fastest, lightest, most fuel-efficient, quietest and highest-performing products on the market,” says Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer. Introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the new engines will be available in March.

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