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Pirate of Philadelphia by Peter A. Mello
May 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
Filed under: maritime heritage

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that John S. Carter, former president of the Independence Maritime Museum will plead guilty of “scamming” the museum of over $1.5 million “to fund a lavish lifestyle.” 

Is it me of does anyone else wonder where the other employees and board members were doing and thinking when this was going on?

I previously wrote about this here, here and here.

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Maritime Icon Burns by Peter A. Mello
May 21, 2007, 6:37 am
Filed under: maritime heritage, tall ships

The Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships, suffered significant damage in a fire while it was in drydock undergoing restortation.

I have always enjoyed visiting the Cutty Sark at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. More than just a ship, she was a national and international icon. She is known to millions around the world and she has educated countless vistors over her many years as museum ship. She is truly one of the most popular ambassador’s of maritme heritage and culture. She represents commerce and adventure at sea.

Early reports say there are suspicous origins to the fire but ship officials beleive that she will be able to be restored to her role as a martime museum.

Here is a link with several videos.

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The Art and Practice of Leadership Development by Peter A. Mello
May 18, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Education, Leadership

Starting today I am participating in a week log executive education program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government called The Art and Practice of Leadership Development. This is the final component of my Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship. My previous experiences included The Leadership Journey – Creating and Developing Your Leadership at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Executive Seminar at the Aspen Institute and a chance to travel to England to meet with management “guru” Charles Handy to discuss leadership.  From the first afternoon and evening, I can tell that this program will be a great finale to amazing 18 months that were made possible by the Rhode Island Foundation.

After I get through this program I will begin writing what I learned from these incredible experiences as well as what I hope to do with all of this exciting, new knowledge.

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Book Review – Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die by Peter A. Mello
May 17, 2007, 8:25 am
Filed under: Book review, Experience, storytelling

If you are a sailor or dream about sailing, this is the book for you!

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die – Sailing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations is the third volume by author Chris Santella on some of our favorite pastimes. His first, Fifty Places to Flyfish Before You Die, was born from a personal passion. It was a great hit and soon spawned Fifty Places to Golf Before You Die which is a must-read and fun check list of some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses. His next logical subject was sailing. Continue reading



Rhode Island’s State Flagship looking for crew for the summer and beyond by Peter A. Mello
May 15, 2007, 8:48 am
Filed under: Experiential education, Nonprofit, sail training, tall ships, work

Providence Maritime Heritage Foundation based in Providence, RI, operates the Continental Sloop Providence and is seeking crew for the 2007 sailing season, which will include tall ship events in Newport, RI and Halifax, Nova Scotia and beyond.

The Continental Sloop Providence is an historic 110′ tall ship engaged primarily in sail training and educational programming. Built in 1976, this reproduction of a Revolutionary War-era ship participates in educational programs for youth, sail training, re-enactments, corporate charters, and team-building programs throughout New England. The Providence carries a minimum crew of four professionals plus the captain and up to 49 passengers. Continue reading



Spirit of Bermuda Video by Peter A. Mello
May 14, 2007, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Experiential education, sail training, tall ships

Narration by Captain Chris Blake about the new Bermuda sloop Spirit of Bermuda.

For more info, check out www.bermudasloop.org

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NY Times – Ocean Blues by Peter A. Mello
May 13, 2007, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Environment, Oceans

photo by Wayne Levin - NY Times 05 13 07

The Way We Live Now essay by Paul Greenberg in the May 13, 2007 Sunday New York Times Magazine – Ocean Blues: America’s once bountiful seafood supply has been decimated. Can the president say kapu?

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