Gallup graduated from the Chapman School of Seamanship in early 1997 and shortly thereafter became a marine surveyor. He joined the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors that year and started “taking their educational courses left and right,” he says.
Concord Point Lighthouse
Concord Point Lighthouse was built of local granite in 1827 where the Susquehanna River meets the tidal flow of Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Md. It is the northernmost and second-oldest lighthouse on the Bay. Automated in 1920, it was decommissioned in 1975 and restored in the early ’80s by Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse. The 30-foot tower and keeper’s dwelling are open to the public on weekends from April to October. The beacon is not an active aid to navigation.
What should I do if I accidentally trigger a digital selective calling alert?
A boater who initiates an unnecessary search, even accidentally, potentially faces civil and criminal penalties, fines and reimbursement of search costs.
Robert M. Morgan, 74, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., a world powerboat champion in 1998 and 2001, and Jeffrey Tillman, 47, of Kaiser, Mo., died when their 46-foot Skater catamaran, Big Thunder Motorsports — an unlimited super boat — blew over backward Nov. 9 in the harbor at Key West during the first day of racing.
With three dead at the Key West championships this year, questions of safety in Super Boat racing have come up, as they often do when tragedy haunts the racecourse.
“I believe there is a safety issue,” says John Connor, a 40-year veteran of powerboat racing who has retired from competition. He is calling for stricter equipment standards for cockpit capsules, in particular, and tougher inspections to weed out non-compliant boats.
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