Messing About In Ships Podcast Episode 28

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Does your megayacht have matching wheels?


In Today’s Wall Street Journal (August 14, 2008 ) Robert Frank reports about a unique “nauto” design competition. Your Range Rover, nautically inspired (subscription required) (Also see, My other yacht is a Range Rover – August 12, 2008 )

Edmiston & Company, “a world leader in the large yachting business” and Range Rover have teamed up for the first ever Edmiston Superyacht Range Rover Competition.

Seven leading yacht designers submitted designs: Andrew Winch (based on name alone should win) Martin Francis, Terence Disdale (above), Ken Freivokh, Dickie Bannenberg, Tim Heywood  (must be good because I could find their website) and Redman Whitely Dixon.

The sketches will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next month and a winner will be chosen Sept. 25. Customers can order an actual model, for a mere €200,000 to €800,000, or nearly $300,000 to $1.2 million. While that may sound pricey, Edmiston points out that it is a bargain compared with the typical megayacht tender.

The nautically inspired Range Rovers are also fuel efficient — at least compared with megayachts.

So if you’re in Monaco next month you might want to pick up one of these “fuel efficient bargains.”

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United Airlines Amazing “Sea Orchestra”

If you’ve been watching the Olympics you might have seen United Airlines new advertising campaign. They have 5 new tv commercials. Obviously, I like “Sea Orchestra” the best.

Barry Janoff from BrandWeek writes (United Airlines Flies in the Face of Reality – Aug 8, 2008 ) writes:

In an effort to offset the plight of frustrated passengers faced with high ticket prices, long lines, delayed flights and increased charges for baggage, blankets and other amenities, United Airlines said it would break five TV spots “that capture the spirit of international air travel.”

Mr. Janoff is writing with his tongue in his cheek because these are beautiful ads but Im not so sure they’ll appease these “frustrated passengers.”

Advertising Agency: Barrie D’Rozario Murphy (larger version)

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Boing Boing TV on the USS Pampanito

Last week we reported about BBtv welcoming us aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Today the Boing Boing maritime heritage tour continues as Telstar Logistics’ Todd Lappin dives into the WWII sub USS Pampanito. It’s really great stuff, watch it!

WWII Retro-tech: USS Pampanito sub with Todd Lappin

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Sea-Fever Style: The House on the Rock

House on the rock Anyone who’s ever sailed out of Newport, RI or driven over the Newport Bridge will recognize the the house on the rock in the above photo.

On August 6, 2008, the NY TimesWho Lives There column by Penelope Green was titled The Old House and the Sea and profiled the appropriately named Clingstone and it’s current owner, architect Henry Wood.

Fireplace ping pong

Built in 1905 at the cost of $36,982.99, Clingstone was basically abandoned in 1941, and then purchased by Mr. Wood in 1961 for $3,500 in derelict condition. With 23 rooms and 10 bedrooms, life on the rock is not exactly luxury.

Today, solar panels heat the water, and a wind turbine on the roof generates electricity. Rainwater is collected in a 3,000-gallon cistern, then filtered, treated and pumped through the house for cleaning purposes. (Mr. Wood claims it is safe enough to drink, “but my children don’t trust me so we don’t,” he said.) After years of using an activated seawater system that draws in seawater, then treats and filters the waste before releasing it back into the ocean, Clingstone now has the latest generation of composting toilets.

Continue reading Sea-Fever Style: The House on the Rock

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Foto Friday – Time Lapse of Houston Ship Channel Navigation

Our favorite professional mariner / maritime photographer is Houston ship pilot Lou Vest who goes by OneEighteen on Here’s a some cool time lapse photography of a night transit through the Houston Ship Channel. Make sure you check out his note on how he did it.

Maximize the video and go along for the mysterious night ride.

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BBtv on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien

A little over a year ago, my podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad of, turned me on to the  the blog that is published by the pseudo corporate enterprise Telstar Logistics and it quickly became one of my favorite reads. Todd Lappin, Group Leader for Strategic Development Task Force and Fleet Management Officer for Telstar appeared today on Boing Boing TV as a guest correspondent where he conducted a tour of the World War II Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Telstar’s outstanding corporate quality program shines through in this media production. Learn about our maritime history and heritage and enjoy this video of one of America’s nautical treasures.

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Schooner Thomas Hoyne and Merlyn’s Pen

Schooner Thomas Hoyne by Peter Mello Aug 7 2008

Last night we returned from a short but great vacation with some friends in a cabin in the Adirondacks.

Today I traveled over to Newport to have lunch with a friend Paul Morse who is the owner of the beautiful little schooner Thomas Hoyne. He invited his friend, Jim Stahl, who is the founder of a terrific teen writing program called Merlyn’s Pen. From their website:

SINCE 1985, Merlyn’s Pen has produced and supported school programs that promote creativity, critical thinking and writing, and self-acceptance. Its most public service since 2001 has been the New Library of Young Adult Writing, which showcases compelling works of fiction and nonfiction authored by America’s teens, grades 6-12. All the works in the New Library appeared first in Merlyn’s Pen: The National of Student Writing, published between 1985 and 2001. The models and standards displayed in the New Library give heart to beginning writers; to advanced teen writers, the Library is an online resource of successful models to explore, engage, and emulate.

This summer Merlyn’s Pen introduced a new maritime themed program called Down to the Sea with Pen and Paper. From all accounts this sold out program aboard Ocean Classroom Foundation’s schooner Harvey Gamage was a smashing success in it’s launch year. Nandini Jayakrishna of The Providence Journal Bulletin wrote a great piece entitled Week’s sail a voyage of discovery for teen writers.

“A lot of time spent writing is spent not writing,” he (Stahl) said. “In terms of hours of day, they were doing more sailing than writing, [but] that’s the writer’s way –– gathering experience that informs those brief inspired moments when the pen is actually on paper.”

Stahl’s already hard at work in creating next year’s program. Better hurry before that one fills up too!

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