Sunday VOWs – The Shipping Forecast

Sunday VOWs (Videos of the Week) September 21, 2008

From Wikipedia:

The Shipping Forecast is a four-times-daily BBC radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles.

It is produced by the UK Meteorological Office (part of MOD) and broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (part of Department for Transport).

Because of its unique and distinctive sound, the broadcasts have an appeal beyond those solely interested in nautical weather. The waters around the British Isles are divided into sea areas, also known as weather areas and many listeners find the well-known repetition of the names of the sea areas almost hypnotic, particularly during the bedtime (for Britain) broadcast at 0048 GMT. It is regarded with affection by many listeners, and in Great Britain often arises in General knowledge quizzes and is the butt of many affectionate jokes.

BBC Weather – The Shipping Forecast

From YouTube:

YouTube – The Shipping Forecast

YouTube – The Shipping Forecast Part 1

YouTube – shipping forecast music – sailing by : + other light music

YouTube – Shipping Forecast – Susie Webb

YouTube – Shipping Forecast

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Messing About In Ships Podcast Episode # 30

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Save a Shipload with Pirate Insurance

Probably no more dangerous than being insured by AIG United States Insurance Company.

YouTube – Pirate Insurance Commercial

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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

If you’re anything like me, you wait for this day all year long. Well, thankfully you probably aren’t a lot like me and that’s a good thing.

In celebration of this special day which this year falls in an election year, read the acceptance speeches of Presidential candidates McCain and Obama translated into Pirate Talk. Much more interesting than I remember the first time.

The Official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website.

Lesson # 1

YouTube – Talk Like a Pirate Day: The Five A’s

As Republicans are to Democrats, Pirates arggh to Ninjas!

YouTube – Pirates Vs. Ninjas

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"America, we can not turn aft. We cannot keelhaul alone."

Equal Time PSA (Pirate Service Announcement) – Pirate Obama’s 2008 Acceptance Speech fer th’ Democratic Party Nomination fer President o’ th’ United States


To Chairman Dean an’ me great matey Dick Durbin; an’ t’ all me swabbie citizens o’ this great nation;

Wi’ profound gratitude an’ great humility, I accept yer nomination fer th’ presidency o’ th’ United States.

Pirate clinton Let me express me thanks t’ th’ historic slate o’ scallywags who accompanied me on this journey, an’ especially th’ one who traveled th’ farthest – a champion fer workin’ Americans an’ an inspiration t’ me lasss an’ t’ yours — Pirate Queen Hillary Rodham Clinton. T’ Super Pirate Clinton, who last night made th’ case fer change as only he can make ‘t; t’ Brother Kennedy, who embodies th’ spirit o’ pirate life; an’ t’ th’ next Vice Pirate o’ th’ United States, Joe Biden, I thank ye. I be grateful t’ finish this journey wi’ one o’ th’ finest swordsman o’ our time, a man at ease wi’ sea dogs an’ land lubbers from world leaders t’ th’ bosuns on th’ Amtrak train he still takes homeport ever’ night.

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“Swashbuckle fer th’ ideals an’ character o’ a free swabbies.”

PSA (Pirate Service Announcement) – Pirate McCain’s 2008 Acceptance Speech fer th’ Republican Party Nomination fer President o’ th’ United States

McCain-Pirate Thank ye all very much. Tonight, I be havin’ a privilege gi’en wee Americans — th’ privilege o’ acceptin’ our party’s nomination fer President o’ th’ United States. An’ I accept ‘t wi’ gratitude, humility an’ confidence.

In me life, nay success has come without a good swashbuckle, an’ this nomination wasn’t any different. That’s a tribute t’ th’ other pirates who opposed me an’ the’r scurvy crews. They’re leaders o’ great ability, who love our country, an’ wished t’ lead ‘t t’ better days. The’r support be an honor I won’t forget.

bush_pirate I’m grateful t’ th’ Pirate n’ Chief Bush fer leadin’ us in them dark days followin’ th’ worst attack on American soil in our history, an’ keepin’ us safe from another attack many thought be inevitable; an’ t’ th’ First Trollop, Laura Bush, a model o’ grace an’ kindness in public an’ in private. An’ I’m grateful t’ th’ 41st President an’ his bride o’ 63 voyages, an’ fer the’r outstandin’ example o’ honorable service t’ our country.

As always, I’m indebted t’ me buxom beauty, Cindy, an’ me se’en children. Th’ pleasures o’ family life can seem like a brief holiday from th’ crowded calendar o’ our nation’s business. But I be havin’ treasured them all th’ more, an’ can’t imagine a life without th’ happiness ye give me. Cindy spake a lot o’ nice things about me tonight. But, in truth, she’s more me inspiration than I be hers. Th’ lass’ concern fer them less blessed than we be – victims o’ land mines, children born in poverty an’ wi’ birth defects – shows th’ measure o’ th’ lass’ humanity. I know she will make a great First Lady.

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Win a Spot Satellite Messenger!

spot_satellite-messengerMy podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad, is holding a pretty simple contest over at to win a Spot Satellite Messenger. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post and you’ll be entered into a drawing. Simple, eh? Of course, go to and make sure that you read the official contest rules and legal mumble jumble.

Not familiar with the Spot Satellite Messenger? Listen to episode 26 of Messing About In Ships where John does his usual great job covering safety equipment.

Good luck!

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National Maritime Museum (UK) Joins Flickr Commons

Scarborough, Yorkshire NMM Flickr Commons
Scarborough, Yorkshire by Samuel Coupe Fox (c. 1910)

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwch, England has joined The Commons on Flickr project. NMM stands alongside these other world class institutions:

  • The Library of Congress (web) (Flickr)
  • The Powerhouse Museum – Australia (web) (Flickr)
  • The Brooklyn Museum (web) (Flickr)
  • Smithsonian Institution (web) (Flickr)
  • Bibliothèque de Toulouse – France (web) (Flickr)
  • George Eastman House (web) (Flickr)
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Portugal (web) (Flickr)
  • National Media Museum – UK (web) (Flickr)

From the Commons on Flickr page:

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

The Maritime Compass blog recently wrote a interesting post entitled Maritime Flickr in which they talk about the fun you can have discovering contemporary and historic maritime photography on the photo-sharing website. With today’s NMM announcement, Heather was ahead of the curve. (Inside knowledge, perhaps?) One can only wonder when Mystic Seaport will hop aboard with these other world class institutions in sharing their collection in this exciting social media project.

In addition to an amazing collection of historic maritime photographs, NMM has also posted a set of images of the installation of Simon Patterson’s The Undersea World and Other Stories which was one of the maritime art projects presented during Sea-Fever’s Maritime Art Week.  (Maritime Art Week – Simon Patterson’s “The Undersea World and Other Stories”)

Finally, I chose the above photo for this post because it’s brought back some great memories from this summer’s holiday visiting my wife Jenny’s family in Norfolk, England. Here’s my modern day version of that photo, also on Flickr. Thankfully, somethings don’t change all that much!

The Shrimpers
The Shrimpers - West Runton Beach, UK by Peter A. Mello (2008)
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Texas Tall Ship Elissa Post Ike From the Air

Following up on an earlier post about the tall ship Elissa, Sea-Fever reader and commenter Bjorn sent us a link to a photo taken post Hurricane Ike by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey’s Remote Sensing Division which shows Texas’ official tall ship resting in her berth. (Click on the image and you will find Elissa on the left) Scanning the photo you can easily see that most of the boats in the nearby marina unfortunately did not fair so well.


Here is a link to a gallery of images taken from the air on the Ike’s track.

Thanks Bjorn!

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Thoughts on Tall Ship Asgard II’s Past and the Future of Sail Training in Ireland

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As previously reported, on September 11, 2008, the Irish sail training vessel Asgard II was lost in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully all souls survived. (A Significant Loss for Sail Training, the sinking of the Irish Asgard II)

RTÉ is Ireland’s public service broadcaster and they produce an excellent podcast called Seascapes that celebrates this island nation’s strong maritime heritage. In this week’s episode, RTÉ interviews Captain Tom McCarthy and they reflect on the loss of the Asgard II and the future of Irish sail training. It’s a great podcast, listen to the complete episode if you have the time. Actually, find the time, you won’t be disappointed.

Photo credit: Sail Training International / MAX

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