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A champion of our maritime heritage crosses the bar

stanfordNew 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.

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A tragic loss in the Clipper race

clipper_raceAs 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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A life-saving app rewards its creator

lifesaving_app_1A navigation app with a “buddy” feature that enables a friend or family member to track your boat saved the life of the app developer’s son and four of his friends while they were duck hunting.

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First El Faro suits settled, investigation continues

elfaro1jpgAs the National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into the sinking of El Faro and the Coast Guard holds hearings into the loss of the 737-foot cargo ship, families of 10 crewmembers who died when it sank in Hurricane Joaquin have reached settlements with the ship’s owner.

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Yachtsman Bob Oatley remembered

yachtsman1Vale Robert Oatley started out as a man of modest means and built a business empire on coffee beans, wine and luxury resorts, but many will remember him as a yachtsman and a sailor. Oatley died Jan. 10 from a lung infection. He was 87.

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