First lighted in 1805, New Point Comfort Lighthouse stands 58 feet tall on the southern tip of Mathews County, Va., at the convergence of Chesapeake and Mobjack bays. The sandstone masonry beacon is the third-oldest-surviving lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay and the 10th-oldest in the country. Shoaling to the south rendered it useless as a marker, and the light was replaced by an offshore light and deactivated in 1962. A preservation group warns that erosion and neglect have left the beacon in danger of collapse.
This image originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.
Ted Turner returns to hallowed waters
Ted Turner returned to the race course Sept. 23-25 in Newport, R.I., when he helmed American Eagle — the 12 Meter he once owned and sailed in races all over the world — in the 12 Meter North American Championships.
Turner’s skills earned him first place in the Traditional Division and the Pine Brothers Trophy for best overall performance. “It’s great to see that Ted, at age 72, still has the touch and the love of the sport,” says Gary Jobson, who served as tactician for Turner, as he did when Turner’s Courageous won the America’s Cup in 1977.
Why should I file a float plan?
A float plan can save your life in an emergency, whether you’re heading offshore in a 60-foot sportfisherman or out paddling a kayak for the day. It contains vital information for rescuers and should be left with a reliable person who can be trusted to contact the proper authorities if you don’t check in or return as planned.
A float plan should include such information as:
A tiger shark prowls the sea floor in the Bahamas as marine conservationist and artist Guy Harvey shoots photos. The image is being used to promote “This is Your Ocean: Sharks,” a new documentary by George Schellenger that seeks to dispel misconceptions and myths surrounding these predators and promote global shark conservation. www.thisisyourocean.com
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.
An Atlanta appeals court upheld a lower-court decision ordering an undersea exploration company in Tampa, Fla., to turn over an estimated half-billion dollars in silver coins to Spain, which contends the treasure is from the wreck of a 19th century Spanish warship that is legally “immune” to the salvor’s claims.
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