You’ve probably heard about the Moby-Dick impersonator that tried to board a yacht in South Africa but this is not an isolated incident. Here’s a CNN video about that incident and some other animals crazy about boating.
I was not previously aware of this risk, but am thankful that one of America’s duly elected officials has brought it our attention recently during a House of Representatives Armed Services Committee hearing.
With this new found information, Sea-Fever issues the following Public Service Announcement:
All travelers to Guam should wear PFD’s 24 hours a day while on island.
We understand that Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. (Democrat, 4th District of Georgia) is planning to float a bill that would require PFD’s to be issued to all visitors right at the airport. This legislation will appropriately be funded by the Bail Out Bill. (Please watch until at least 1:20 when it starts getting interesting.)
We are lucky to live in a country where our congressmen understand the real world challenges that all of us face each day.
Finally, thank goodness for C-Span so that school children across America can see their government in action and learn about geography, geology and hydrodynamic stability in the process. Another extraordinary “teachable moment.”
Flag Dip to Mahalo
Filed under: life, maritime, maritime heritage, reality tv, sail training, storytelling, tall ships | Tags: Picton Castle, sail training, tall ship
Think sailing a tall ship is challenging? That’s nothing compared to building one. Think building one is difficult, that’s nothing compared to finding the trees, cutting them down, dragging them out of the jungle, loading them on another tall ship and sailing them halfway around the world. Tall ships sailors never do anything easy.
Grab a beer and some popcorn because this will be the best reality TV that you’ll watch this week.
Flag dip to my friend Voytec on Facebook.
Filed under: maritime, reality tv | Tags: 44 Blue Production, Navy, Pirates, reality tv
You know that this wouldn’t take long. According to a report in Variety:
The Viacom-owned cabler, (Spike TV) has greenlit a pilot for “Pirate Hunters: USN” a docu series from 44 Blue Productions (“The True Story of Black Hawk Down“) that will focus on the U.S. Navy’s antipiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
Hmmm, if Navy SEALs are involved this will certainly add a new dimension to the reality TV traditional “elimination round.”
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Filed under: life, maritime, reality tv, Sea(cret) Santa | Tags: Carrier, PBS, Sea(cret) Santa
Some of the all-time most popular and commented posts on Sea-Fever were about the PBS’s Carrier and Sea(cret) Santa thinks someone special in your life might enjoy this critically acclaimed documentary in a nice DVD boxed set. What better way to spend a snowy winter weekend than tucked up in a Carrier marathon viewing.
CARRIER is a character driven, edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction drama as well as a total immersion in the high stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. CARRIER follows a core group of film participants aboard the USS Nimitz, from the admiral of the strike group to the fighter pilots to the youngest sailors, as they navigate personal conflicts around their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror. (Price $39.99)
Here’s a sneak peak:
YouTube – Full Trailer 1 – Carrier On Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Not only will you be giving the gift of entertainment, but you’ll be supporting the great programming that PBS gives us.
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Filed under: maritime, reality tv | Tags: Discovery Channel, Future Weapons, History Channel, Pacific Marine Expo, Tiger Aspect Productions, Tougher In Alaska, TV, Workboat Show
You’ve probably always thought that your name would look good in lights and you’re might be tired of working those dogwatchs. It’s time for a change. Get a haircut (or not) and navigate yourself to the Pacific Marine Expo or Workboat Show and stop by the Tiger Aspect Production’s booth because they might just be looking for you.
Tiger Aspect Productions is developing a series on maritime ships and vessels for a major US cable network, and we’re in search of diehard seamen who might host our new series. Think you’re right for the job?
The ideal candidate would be a credible “insider”, think Discovery’s “Future Weapons“, or History Channel’s “Tougher in Alaska“. It’s not necessarily a veteran historian we’re looking for, but rather a true passionate fanatic of ships and the maritime world that can help communicate this passion to our audience. We’re looking for someone the viewer can connect with as the “real-deal”, someone with real-world maritime experience – i.e. a former captain from a naval fleet, or freight cargo ship, or a tugboat operator. The ideal candidate is a male, aged early 30’s to 40’s, though we’re open to people who don’t necessarily fit this mold.
The show is in development, but the concept is to travel around the country/ world and get up close and personal with the past, present, and future of ships. From ice breakers in the Arctic to the biggest cruise liners sailing the Caribbean, from oil tankers cruising the Persian Gulf, to fishing vessels pulling pots out of the ocean.
Pack your duffle, hop aboard a new career and break a leg!