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Boat made famous by John Steinbeck gets facelift

It is a piece of literary history that has been called both worthless and priceless. The Western Flyer, a boat popularized in John Steinbeck’s “Log from the Sea of Cortez” has its own story to tell. The latest chapter is being written in Port Townsend, Wash., right now.



Congressman fights law that hamstrings Coast Guard

A California congressman is hoping to cut through some government red tape to fix a problem in the system that’s preventing the Coast Guard from using essential night-vision technology.



Mystic Seaport set to open “New Horizons in Modern Maritime Art”

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport announced the Southeastern Connecticut venue will open its 2016 season on April 30 with “New Horizons in Modern Maritime Art,” an exhibition and sale of original works of art by leading maritime artists.



Captain who was rescued nine times sells boat

Steve Shapiro, who was dubbed ‘Captain Calamity’ by the British media because he had been rescued so many times, has now sold his yacht, Nora.



Fisherman tangled in legal net over government science buoy

Is it finders keepers or a kind of hostage taking when a commercial fisherman “rescues” an oceanographic buoy adrift off Monterey, Calif., and won’t give it back to the U.S. Geological Survey until the agency pays him for his trouble?



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