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Flotsam and jetsam: Ocean-ready

Wanderbird is a 65-foot 2004 Park Isle Marine Royal Passagemaker with a long-range cruising disposition.

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The overall design is by Greg Marshall, using a hull based on an Ed Monk Sr. design that Ed Monk Jr. updated. The bluewater trawler has features that include a mast that supports twin headstays with roller-furling reaching jibs, a 3408 Caterpillar diesel and a twin industrial-strength reel-winch anchoring system. It has an oversize bow to extend the waterline, reduce drag and supply extra tankage. The full-displacement voyager is listed for $1.9 million by Sparkman & Stephens.

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That’s the number of well-preserved ancient wrecks that the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project discovered last year off Turkey. Some of them date from the

Byzantine Empire 1,000 years ago. Low-oxygen conditions prevented the wrecks from decaying, and the team used 3D photogrammetry to take sharp, detailed images of them.

On the water’s edge

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Just 34 feet tall, Castle Hill Lighthouse is a quiet feature of the Newport, Rhode Island, landscape. The Narragansett Bay lighthouse has aided ships navigating the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Aquidneck Island since 1890 and has been the start and finish line of many yacht races.

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“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat.”

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue.