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Great Lakes Maritime Academy

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 16, 2014

Established in 1969, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan, is the youngest of the six state maritime academies in the United States. Like the others, it educates and trains individuals for careers as officers in the US Merchant Marine.

Texas Maritime Academy

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 9, 2014

Texas A&M University (originally the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas) has two campuses: College Station and Galveston. Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to the Texas Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies in the United States.

Magnetic poles

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 5, 2014

The magnetic poles are the two points on the surface of the Earth at which the magnetic field points vertically down or up (in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively). These points are located near, but not at the northern and southern geographic poles.

Gay Head Light

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 5, 2013

The Gay Head Light is located on Gay Head (or the Gay headland) in Aquinnah on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. On July 16, 1798, Congress directed the establishment of a lighthouse at “Gay-head” on Martha’s Vineyard and the appointment of a person to superintend same.

New Carissa

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 28, 2012

The wood-chip carrier New Carissa grounded just north of Coos Bay, Oregon on 4 February 1999. While there were no injuries to the crew of 22, the environmental and financial consequences were severe. In addition, efforts to address the potential discharge of approximately 400…

Drifting Nikes

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 20, 2012

On May 27, 1990, the container ship Hansa Carrier was en route from South Korea to Los Angeles, California, loaded with several thousand containers. Among these were five containers filled with Nike athletic shoes. An unexpectedly severe storm caused the ship to roll heavily.

Casualty investigation in the eNav era

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 22, 2012

In olden days, investigation of marine casualties relied heavily on the experience of the investigating officer. Statements of witnesses, who were almost always interested parties, were incomplete, self-serving, and often contradictory. Even…