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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 508-992-3295.
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!
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!
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.
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!