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Shipwreck discovered

in new marine sanctuary

Marine archaeologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have confirmed the identity of a shipwreck discovered this summer in the waters of the recently designated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The team has identified the wreck, found at Kure Atoll, as that of the 258-foot iron-hull cargo ship Dunnottar Castle. The discovery was made during the first research expedition to the NWHI since it was designated a marine national monument June 15.

“The Dunnottar Castle is an incredible heritage resource from the days of the sailing ships like the Falls of Clyde, Balcalutha and Star of India, when our maritime commerce was driven by steel masts and canvas, and by wind power and human hands,” says Hans Van Tilburg, maritime heritage coordinator for the Pacific Islands regional office of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program.

Built in 1874 and home ported in Scotland, the Dunnottar Castle was en route from Sydney, Australia, to Wilmington, Calif., with a load of coal when it struck a reef at full speed. NOAA marine archaeologists working from the NOAA ship Hi’ialakai confirmed the wreck’s identity following initial discovery by Brad Vanderlip, a volunteer with the State of Hawaii division of forestry and wildlife.

Boating deaths

are on the rise

Recreational boating fatalities jumped to 697 in 2005 from 676 the previous year, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Overall, deaths from transportation accidents in the United States increased last year to 45,636, from 45,092 in 2004.

Total marine deaths, which include the commercial sector, showed a slight increase from 765 in 2004 to 769 in 2005. Highway transportation by far accounts for the largest percentage of fatalities, rising to 43,443 from 42,836 in 2004.

Grand Banks changes

model names

Grand Banks Yachts says it has formally adopted American Boat and Yacht Council standards for boat measurement and, subsequently, as the basis for naming new models in the its line.

As a result, the builder will rename three newer models to conform to the ABYC standard, effective immediately. The new Grand Banks 44 Heritage, both EU and CL versions, have been renamed retroactively to hull No. 1, and the two boats now will be known as the Grand Banks 47 Heritage, or 47EU and 47CL. These newer Heritage models have a length overall of 46 feet, 8 inches, including the molded-in swim platform. The company also is renaming the 70 Aleutian CP as the 72 Aleutian RP. The 72’s model designator changed to RP (for raised pilothouse), which company officials say better reflects the style of that yacht.

“The ABYC recommends that boatbuilders define the size of a vessel using a very specific calculation for length overall,” says David Hensel, Grand Banks marketing communications director.

According to ABYC, length overall is defined to include integrally formed, molded or welded components of a vessel while excluding those that are attached and can be removed in a non-destructive manner. However, dimensions that don’t comply with ABYC standards are currently used by different builders to define boat size, including “length of hull” and others.