What’s your Vision for Ernestina?

Schooner Ernestina

This Saturday, a crew of concerned citizens of Massachusetts and the greater maritime world are getting together to share their ideas about what might be the future of a ship that has more lives than a cat and more sea stories than a sailor. The schooner Ernestina is in dire need of help and if you are in the greater New Bedford area and care about America’s rich maritime heritage, you should attend and participate.

The event is being held on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the  New Bedford Whaling Museum. Pre-registration is requested. Visit the Sail Ernestina website for more information.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association Facebook page.

This week, I’m dedicating a boatload of posts to the amazing Ernestina. If you want to guest post, let me know.

Moby-Monday: A song about the thoughts of a young Moby-Dick

Last Thursday marked the first of a series of concerts organized by the Ladies Branch of the New Bedford Port Society for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Project Fund. It was a great evening of shanties and sea stories by Dillon Bustin and the Rum-Soaked Crooks.

Here’s a short video of a neat song that Dillon Bustin sang. It was part of a youth education program that he helped organize in which students wrote a prequel to Moby-Dick. The song give each of the characters in Herman Melville’s classic an adolescent outlook. Here’s what was doing on with Moby-Dick. (Low light video but audio is definitely worth the listen.)

The Seamen’s Bethel is one of America’s historic treasures. Hope you will consider making a donation to it’s Restoration Project Fund so that future generations will be able to experience it.  For more information or to get involved, please visit the Seamen’s Bethel website, email support@portsociety.org or call +1 508-992-3295.

State of the “Art” Anti-Submarine Warfare Simulation

Here’s an inexpensive solution to those costly naval war games that take place each year in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In fact, an argument can be made that starting this training in elementary school might give us a leg up on our underwater enemies as well as get funding back into arts education in public schools and improve cardboard recycling programs.  It looks like a win, win, win!

Commemorating the 1st US Circumnavigation of the Globe

Who says learning history isn’t exciting?

The Hit and Run History crew think differently. They’ve created a great new web series on the PBS’s WGBH in Boston.

The first topic is the Columbia Expedition and here’s the prologue episode where they search out a rare coin that commemorated this historic event.  Learn a little about American history by watching it now and go over to the Hit and Run History website to learn more!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Flag dip to @fiddeye on Twitter

Jacques Cousteau on What’s My Line (via @Scuttlefish)

I recently discovered a new blog called The Scuttlefish. It’s good, you should go there.

Here’s a great old video of Jacques Cousteau appearing on the classic tv show, What’s My Line.

Captain Alwin Landry’s Deepwater Horizon Rescue Story

Thanks to my good friend and Messing About In Ships podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad, the founder of gCaptain.com, I had the opportunity to interview Captain Alwin Landry, the master of Tidewater Marine’s OSV Damon Bankston, the first vessel to respond to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. Captain Landry and his courageous crew rescued all 115 survivors of the fateful oil rig’s crew. Here’s his story from Weekly Leader podcast episode 68.

Kickstart Women Mariners! Support Jack Tar!

Jack Tar magazine and Women of Maritime Calendar

Captain Kim is back at it again. But this time she’s using web 2.0 to promote her project.

Kickstarter is an awesome website I’ve written about before. Kim’s is well on her way to raising enough seed funding to produce the 2011 version of her popular Women of Maritime calendar as well as publish a new issue of Jack Tar Magazine. She’s already sold out one of the levels in her Kickstarter program but there’s still room for you.

Just in time for your Christmas shopping! Hop aboard and lend a hand!