A fleet of nine windjammers got underway from Islesboro, Maine, on July 6 for the 42ndinstallment of the Great Schooner Race, one of the largest gatherings of traditional schooners in the United States. Soundings enjoyed racing action aboard the 95-foot Schooner Heritage, which took first place overall.
Made from at least 80,000 images tied together into 1.5 terabytes of video footage, this 30-day time-lapse follows the journey of a containership from the Red Sea to Hong Kong, China. Watch from the bridge as the ship steams through storms, glides beneath a star-filled sky and ties up at ports along the way.
Crab cakes, crab imperial and crab dip are just a few of the blue crab specialties you’ll find at seafood restaurants and on home menus around the Chesapeake Bay region. Those tasty dishes may be challenging to find this year — or cost you more money — because of a shortage of immigrant workers.
Launched on April 28 this year, Russia’s 474-foot long Akademik Lomonosovis the world’s first floating nuclear power plant. Capable of producing 70 megawatts of power, the ship is currently making its way across the Arctic Ocean to Eastern Russia.
The Coast Guard on Monday deployed the Francis Scott Key memorial buoy in the Patapsco River off Baltimore, Maryland. The red-white-and-blue buoy marks the approximate position where Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” while imprisoned aboard a British ship. Key’s poem would go on to become the national anthem of the United States.
Yamaha Marine last week took the wraps off its 5.6-liter XTO Offshore platform by introducing its biggest outboard offering to date, a 425-hp, four-stroke outboard called the XF425. Designed from the propeller up for big offshore boats, the XF425 boasts a number of innovations and industry firsts.
Plenty of folks who are familiar with celestial navigation know what a sextant is, but have you ever heard of an octant? In this video, chief curator Pete Lesher of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St, Michaels, Maryland, talks about 18th- and 19th-century navigational instruments and the stories of the people who owned them.
The effects of climate change impact not only human beings on land but also animals that swim in our oceans. Warming ocean waters are causing everything from lobsters and crabs to striped bass and bluefin tuna to expand their ranges, sometimes putting them out of reach of the fishermen who depend on the species for a living.
Researchers believe as much as 12.7 million tons of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans each year and that 95 percent of it comes from only 10 rivers, eight of which are in Asia. Find out more about these rivers and what is being done to clean them up by reading here.
Leg 8 of the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race got underway off Itajaí, Brazil, yesterday bound for Newport, Rhode Island. The 5,700-nautical-mile-long run takes sailors around the eastern end of Brazil, through the doldrums and across the Equator and then through the western Atlantic Ocean to Newport.
The 2018 Maryland Legislature adjourned yesterday and among the last-minute bills that passed was a resolution to fund the Pride of Baltimore II, the globe-trotting sailing ambassador for Baltimore City and the state of Maryland, to the tune of $500,000 annually. Despite the funding, the tall ship is still facing a yearly $700,000 budget shortfall.
These 10 world adventurers cast off their lines and headed toward the locations of their dreams. You can, too. Read here the uncut answers to the questions we asked these globe-trotting cruisers, who have more than 100,000 cruising miles under their belts.
Despite the extensive damage inflicted on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten by Hurricane Irma last year, things are getting back to normal. There is perhaps no better sign of the recovery than the successful racing earlier this month of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which drew in close to 4,000 people.
Launched on Oct. 5, 1889 at Tilghman Island, Maryland, the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is undergoing a complete restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Among the work completed to date was the total removal and replacement of her nine-log bottom. This video has an update about the wrap-up work being done before Edna is relaunched later this year.
Luke Powell is leading a team of boatbuilders who are crafting a recreation of a 68-foot Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent, which was originally launched in 1852. The goal of the project is to train up aspiring young shipwrights in the traditional methods required to build these graceful wooden sailboats.
When it comes to comfort and seakeeping, larger powerboats are hard to beat. Whether you’re a power cat fan, a hard-core sport fisherman or a trawler lover — or maybe you’re somewhere in between — one of these 10 powerboats over 44 feet should tickle your fancy.
Working Sail is a British organization that is working to keep the art and craftsmanship of traditional wooden boatbuilding alive. Their latest project is Pellew, a recreation of a 68-foot Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent, which was launched in 1852. This video shows some of the methods and materials being used to build her.
A single oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day, making the bivalve a critical puzzle piece in the effort to clean up Chesapeake Bay. Twenty groups, ranging from oyster farmers to research organizations, plan to boost the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to 10 billion by 2025, improving the Bay’s water quality in the process.
Whether it’s a light switch, the polyester fiber in your comforter or the packaging your fast-food came in, plastic is virtually impossible to avoid in the modern world. And millions of tons of it ends up in our oceans each year. This video from Vice News has more on the crisis and what is being done to combat the problem.
A popular target among anglers, the swordfish is a solitary billfish that can be found as deep as 1,800 feet below the surface. Equipped with huge, softball-size eyes that allow it to see in the darkness of the abyss, swordfish use their broad, sword-like bills to slash and stun prey. This NOAA video shows a swordfish at 1,739 feet doing just that.
The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.
Curtis “Fuzzy” Wilson knows a thing or two about oysters — he’s been shucking them professionally for 35 years. The Virginia native spends the Chesapeake Bay oyster season shucking several bushels of the stubborn bivalves each day, reminding rookies to never open an oyster up from the rear, a shucking faux pas known as “butt shucking.”
If you’re a regular reader of Soundings, chances are you’ve seen Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming’s work. Always willing to go to the extreme to get the best shots, Fleming uses scuba gear, kayaks and a custom fiberglass skiff to get as close as possible to his subjects.
The Coast Guard on January 29 rescued Bahamian national Samuel Moss Jr., 24, from his partially sunken 21-foot walkaround off West Palm Beach, Florida. Moss was found severely dehydrated and partially paralyzed after drifting helplessly for 16 days. It’s not the first time Moss has been rescued.
If you’ve ever had a day on the water held up by a bridge with a complicated opening schedule, you know how frustrating that sort of holdup can be. Florida boaters could soon experience additional closures at two railroad bridges across the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers if a high-speed rail company gets its way.
Built in 1910, Tally Ho is an Albert Strange-designed, gaff-rigged cutter being rebuilt in Sequim, Washington, by Leo Goolden, who recently acquired two massive purple heart timbers to replace Tally Ho’s tired old tea keel. This video shows Goolden using chainsaws, chisels and reciprocal saws to scarf the two long timbers together.