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Last chance to win an iPod Shuffle and help me win an iPhone! by Peter A. Mello
September 29, 2007, 6:31 am
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ipod-shuffle-from-gcaptain.jpgThe Sea-Fever iPod Shuffle contest closes tomorrow but you can still be part of it. Go to gCaptain.com Discoverer site and register and vote for your favorite Sea-Fever stories which can be found here. All of the Sea-Fever Contest info and rules can be found at this previous post.

I won this iPod Shuffle from gCaptain and would love nothing more than to send it to a Sea-Fever reader. Of course, I would really like to win the iPhone too! ;-)

 My top story is currently in the running for the gCaptainGrand Prize of an iPhone. If you haven’t voted for it yet, please read it; hopefully you’ll enjoy it and vote for it. 

Thanks for participating in the Sea-Fever contest and helping me to win an iPhone in the gCaptain contest!



The Big Apple Movie Tour from the Water by Peter A. Mello
September 26, 2007, 6:00 am
Filed under: maritime heritage, storytelling

manhattan movie poster In the Comings and Goings article in the Travel Section of the Sunday New York Times (Sept. 23, 2007), Hilary Howard writes about an interesting on the water tour of New York City movie and television sites. You’ve Seen the Movies; Now Tour the Locations.

Lights, Camera, Action! is a special tour put together by the NY Water Taxi whose website offers:

Experience “Hollywood on the Hudson” while enjoying the majesty of New York Harbor and the financial district as you visit the locations used in your favorite TV shows and movies. All tours are led by New York City actors and actresses courtesy of On Location Tours who share behind-the-scenes scoop and inside industry information.

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Sea-change in a fishing community by Peter A. Mello
September 24, 2007, 6:00 am
Filed under: maritime heritage

There are so many challenges today to our traditional fishing industries. Tougher regulations, increased fuel costs and expenses and overfishing, climate change are just a few. In Saturday, September 22, 2007, Wall Street Journal, Candace Jackson wrote an article titled Virginia’s Time Machine: An isolated fishing port for 300 years, Tangiers Island now wants to sell it’s history. (subscription required) which covers how a community is trying to adapt to change.

Here’s an interesting video from the Wall Street Journal Online entitled Crab Profits Wane that was linked to the article.

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Happy Birthday Alan Villiers! (1903 – 1982) by Peter A. Mello
September 23, 2007, 12:10 am
Filed under: life, maritime heritage, sail training, tall ships

Alan Villiers If you ever sailed a tall ship or even dreamed of sailing a tall ship, you are probably familiar with Alan Villiers. Adventurer, author, photographer, master mariner, ship owner, World War II hero and sail training pioneer, Villiers first stepped aboard a tall ship at the age of 15 and thereafter made his life on the sea.

Villiers was involved in one way or another with so many ships that still sail today or that are museum attractions such as:

The following videos are titled The Cape Horn Road and if you watch them you will be amazed by the footage and entertained by Villiers’ narration.

National Maritime Museum of Australia, Villiers’ Centenary Exhibit (2003)

Rounding Cape Horn in a Windjammer, National Geographic (1931)

Happy Birthday! (b.September 23, 1903)

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Vote for your favorite Sea-Fever post by September 30, 2007 and get a chance to win an iPod Shuffle by Peter A. Mello
September 22, 2007, 8:00 am
Filed under: Marketing, new media

iPod Shuffle from gCaptain

The iPod Shuffle that I won last week as part of the gCaptain Discoverer iPhone contest arrived yesterday but it’s not destined to stay long. It’s still in shrink wrap and ready to ship out to a new home. It could be yours by September 30th.

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Tug Hercules celebrating her 100th birthday! by Peter A. Mello
September 20, 2007, 10:51 pm
Filed under: maritime heritage

Tug Hercules

On Saturday, September 22, 2007, the Tug Hercules will be celebrating her 100th birthday as part of the San Francisco Tugboat Festival. Berthed at the San Francisco Maritime Historic Park as part of their amazing ships exhibit, the Tug Hercules is 151′ steam power tug built in 1907 for ocean going service. Tug Hercules remarkable history.

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Is the Earth Hollow? by Peter A. Mello
September 20, 2007, 10:58 am
Filed under: life

windowslivewriternytimescompaniespressedtodefinegreenpoli-cdf0j0430849.jpg Holland + Knight is a prestigious American law firm that produces a great daily maritime e-newsletter. Today’s edition poses an interesting (amusing) question which begs another: Why doesn’t all of the sea water drain out? What do you think?

clipped from www.hklaw.com

UK – jack-up rig abandoned

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that a jack-up rig working on a wind farm in Solway Firth was abandoned by its crew after it developed a 30 degree list. A leg had punched through the seabed. This raises the question whether the earth is actually hollow. (9/16/07).

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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! by Peter A. Mello
September 18, 2007, 11:45 am
Filed under: maritime heritage

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Official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website and Flickr group

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Bling Boat – Sunday NY Times Men’s Style Magazine by Peter A. Mello
September 18, 2007, 6:00 am
Filed under: maritime

Bling Boat - NY Times

Per the Sunday NY Times Men’s Style Magazine (September 16, 2007):

Part floating multimedia art installation, part “Pimp My Ride,” the thoroughly customized 1977 Correct Craft ski boat is a nautical interpretation of Chicano low-rider culture by the Chicago-based artist Dzine. Working with the high-end car outfitter LP MotorSports, he tricked out the “Dnipro” with 22 speakers, 9 TV screens, 8 amps, state-of-the-art Pioneer D.J. equipment, a laser light show and a smoke machine. The craft made its maiden voyage at this year’s Venice Biennale in the Ukrainian Pavilion and is set to sail again on Oct. 9 in Rome, christened by a performance by DJ Solal and Filip Wauters.

For more information, go to www.contemporaryartssociety.com.

Dzine website which has some great detail photos.

You won’t be gutting stripers on this baby.

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Mystic Seaport Looking for Executive Director by Peter A. Mello
September 17, 2007, 10:01 pm
Filed under: maritime heritage

Homeheader Kelly at Maritime Compass reports that Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea is looking to fill a newly created position of executive director.

Driven by the exciting goals of the transformation of the Mystic Seaport Museum, reporting to the President & CEO, who will be devoting an extensive amount of his time and energy to the Museum’s on-going capital campaign, and working alongside the senior leadership and the Board of Trustees of the Museum, this newly created position will provide both the visionary leadership and extra expertise necessary to take Mystic Seaport to the next level. Mystic Seaport’s transformational plans are aimed at strengthening the institution’s capabilities as a cultural and educational asset.

Mystic Seaport is one of the most impressive maritime institutions in the world but like many other living history museums, they have been challenged by declining attendance for a number of years. This will be an exciting opportunity. If you’re interested contact Victoria Reese at Heidrick and Struggles (NYC) at vreese@heidrick.com or by fax, 212-370-9035. Closing date for application is November 15th.




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