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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.




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



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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