USS Intrepid: On the Move

The USS Intrepid is due home (Pier 86 in NYC) this Thursday, October 2nd. Hopefully her trip will be less eventful than her 2005 departure when she ended up making an unscheduled interim port of call about 10 feet off the isle of Manhattan.

It was all closely chronicled below in the videos below from the History Channel’s popular MegaMovers. It’s an inside look at some professional maritime problem solving with some really great footage. Enjoy!

Make sure that you watch MegaMovers on October 17th (11 am or 5 pm) for their Ships on Land episode. 

Welcome home Intrepid!

YouTube – USS Intrepid: On The Move part 1

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Sunday VOWs – Sea Shanties via the Art of Manliness

In this week’s Sunday VOWs (Videos of the Week) we bring your attention to a great post over at The Art of Manliness entitled The 10 Manliest Sea Shanties.

Here’s a couple that come from classic movies but make sure that you visit The Art of Manliness to view all 10 videos and read the great commentary.

YouTube – Moby Dick 1957 – Il Pequod salpa

YouTube – Master and Commander – Spanish Ladies

YouTube – Tiburón – Farewell and adieu (V.O.)

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Maritime Metaphors in the Financial "Bailout"

I’ve previously written about how nautical language has drifted into our every discourse. (here, here and here)

Well, this week we heard a maritime metaphor of Titanic proportions when, according to Michael Phillips of the Wall Street Journal, Fed Chairman Ben Bernacke was quoted as saying:

Americans must understand that the bailout — itself a maritime metaphor — would help save everyone from rising financial flood waters.

“It’s really a question of saying, ‘There’s a hole in the boat. You did it. Why should I help you?’ ” he said at the Senate hearing. “Well, there’s a hole in our boat. We need to fix it, and then we need to figure out how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Understatement of the Century!

I know these guys are under a lot of pressure but please can’t they come up with something better than a “hole in our boat.”

Any ideas?

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Foto Friday – Last Pictures of the Irish Tall Ship Asgard II

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Not the usual light fare for Foto Friday but sometimes we need to be reminded that she can be a cruel sea.

These are the last photos of the Irish tall ship Asgard II before she sank in the Bay of Biscay. They were taken by French Customs. Previous post here and here.

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Via Sail World

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The History of Whitewater Kayaking

YouTube video about the history of white water kayaking. Nice work!

YouTube – Whitewater Kayak History

(Via Mr. Boat Blog)

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"Desperate affairs require desperate measures" Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson


Lord Nelson probably didn’t envision the future of his flagship when he first uttered that now famous phrase. But that appears to be the case today.

Much of the UK media has recently reported that the Royal Navy is contemplating selling one of the worlds most storied ships and a certified maritime treasure in order to save money.  Every year it costs more than $2 million to maintain her and that’s before taking into consideration any major restoration work. But how can you place a value on an iconic vessel that helped define the strong maritime heritage of this island nation.

One has to wonder if this is just a plea by the Ministry of Defence to find a sugar daddy like the Cutty Sark recently did. For a country with such a wonderful maritime heritage, this seems a little cheesy. Next thing you know, we’ll find her on Craiglist, if not for sale, maybe looking to rent some cabin space?

320 square inches, waterview, furnished (hammock), 799 roommates; will accept any reasonable offers – email to

Finally, to quote one of our American maritime heros, Oliver Hazzard Perry:

Don’t give up the ship!

Note to Royal Navy: Desperate affairs require avoiding taking stupid measures.

The French and Spanish failed to destroy it – but will funding costs finally sink Nelson’s Victory? Daily Mail (Sept. 12, 2008)

Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory could be put in hands of private company – Telegraph (Sept. 12, 2008)

Navy may hand over Nelson’s flagship to a charity – Times (Sept. 13, 2008)

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ADMIRAL THad Allen – "Social Media, The Way Ahead"

Last month I posted about my new Facebook friend, ADMIRAL Thad Allen.  Today, here he is on YouTube introducing the United States Coast Guard’s Social Media Initiative. (press release)

YouTube – CG Adm. Thad Allen introduces social media initiative

It doesn’t sound like it’s the same old way of doing business in the Coast Guard anymore. ADMIRAL Allen seems to be turning the old adage that “information is power” on it’s head.

Again, I find this remarkable for a government agency/military leader to take this kind of risk. He get’s it.

Kudo’s to ADMIRAL Allen and his CG leadership team!