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Katrina tale: how a man with a stolen boat rescued 400

In New Orleans's Jackson Square sits a 24-foot fishing boat in front of a Louisiana state museum dedicated to history, and is part of its Hurricane Katrina exhibit.



Century-old message in a bottle returned to sender

Marianne Winkler found an old bottle on a beach on Amrum Island, Germany earlier this year with a postcard from the early 1900s inside. Instructions printed on the card asked for its discoverer to mail it back to the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom in the care of George Parker Bidder. The message promised a shilling in return.



TowBoatUS franchise gains Coast Guard certification

TowBoatUS Mystic — a 24-hour, on-water recreational boat towing and assistance company in Connecticut — was certified to assist the Coast Guard in search-and-rescue efforts.



NOAA declares deaths of large whales in Gulf of Alaska

NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an “unusual mortality event,” triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. An unusual mortality event is a stranding event that is unexpected, involves a significant die-off of a marine mammal population, and demands immediate response.



New exhibition: “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude”

Mystic Seaport proudly presents “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude,” on tour from England for a limited time only and opening at the maritime museum on Sept. 19.



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