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30 Days At Sea

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It’s easy enough to watch ships coming and going from a busy port, but few ever get a view from the bridge of a globetrotting containership. Until now. A YouTube creator and merchant mariner late last year mounted his camera on the bridge of a containership during a journey from the Red Sea to Hong Kong, China, capturing 10 minutes of raw video footage.

The features footage containing at least 80,000 still images converted into 1.5 terabytes of video. Along the way the ship encounters storms, gorgeous sunrises, cloudless starlit nights and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy; the video is surprisingly hypnotizing.

If you’re short on time, take a look at the YouTube video description for quick links to the highlights of the time-lapse. The lightning storm segment near the Malacca Strait is particularly stunning. 


Adrift at Sea, for 49 Days

An Indonesian teenager survived being adrift at sea for 49 days after his fishing raft broke from its mooring. He was rescued by a ship near Guam, 1,200 miles away.

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Florida Continues Post-Michael Recovery Efforts

It’s been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Michael roared ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida. Recovery efforts are expected to last months, especially for marinas, dry stacks and other marine-related businesses.

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Watch Your Feet!

Watch a behemoth white shark breach underneath a harpooning platform while a research technician from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tries to tag it. The breach was so close that it caused the technician to nearly leap out of his sea boots.

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VIDEO: A Global Issue

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.

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Chainsaws And Chisels

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.

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VIDEO: The Art Of The Prop

This video from Yamaha Outboards shows the art and craft of making modern outboard engines and demonstrates the surprisingly ancient techniques used to create cutting-edge propellers.

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VIDEO: The Lonely Life Of A Swordfish

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.

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VIDEO: Of Mouse And Mayflower

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.