Sea-Fever blog

Captain Alwin Landry’s Deepwater Horizon Rescue Story by Peter A. Mello

Thanks to my good friend and Messing About In Ships podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad, the founder of, 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.

Go (Royal) Navy! Now this is a competition! (video) by Peter A. Mello
September 30, 2010, 11:32 am
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I know, it must be me but I can’t stop watching this.

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Go Navy! Team leadership in action! by Peter A. Mello
August 19, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Here’s a video of an amazing rescue undertaken by a highly trained US Navy helicopter team lead by Lt. Brandon Sheets.  Watch to the very end to get the leadership lesson.

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Here’s the full story via Whidbey crew talks about amazing Skokomish River bridge rescue

Tall Ship Captain Takes Over Coast Guard! by Peter A. Mello
May 25, 2010, 2:41 pm
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USCG Commandant Robert PappHuzzah to Admiral Robert Papp, former Commanding Officer of the USCG Barque EAGLE for becoming the 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

Congratulations and thanks to Admiral Thad Allen who retired during today’s Change of Command Ceremony. But don’t expect Admiral Allen to be sunning himself on the beach somewhere in the Caribbean. President Obama had other plans when he appointed Allen to be the US government’s point person for the Deepwater Horizon sinking and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen does not shy away from tough assignments. (Remember Elián Gonzáles and Hurricane Katrina?)

One of the highlights of the first year of my Weekly Leader podcast was when Admiral Allen was our guest on episode 5.

Congratulations, good luck and great success to Admiral’s Allen and Papp. We’re counting on you both!

Pirated Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips on The Daily Show by Peter A. Mello

You probably remember Captain Richard Phillips, he was the master aboard the Maersk Alabama who sacrificed himself in order to protect his crew when Somali pirates tried to take over his ship.  Jon Stewart does a great interview with him.

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Captain Phillips has a new book out: A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea

Hear to Help! UNICEF’s Tap Project Radio by Peter A. Mello
March 25, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Awesome indie web radio for a great, important cause. Only up for one week so tune in before it runs dry. And of course, donate!

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Avatar Director James Cameron’s Inspiration from the Sea by Peter A. Mello
March 10, 2010, 11:37 pm
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While he did not win the Best Director Oscar the other night for Avatar, James Cameron gives an interesting TED Talk about how he’s learned from and been inspired by the sea.

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