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Battle of Puerto Plata

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 27, 2015

The Quasi-War with France (1798-1800) was the first military action of the new United States against a foreign nation. It was conducted almost entirely at sea, consisting mostly of engagements between the naval forces of the United States and the even newer French Republic.

The 1929 Grand Banks earthquake

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 24, 2015

At about 5:02 pm on Monday, November 18, 1929, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck beneath the Laurentian Continental Slope about 250 miles south of the island of Newfoundland. The water there is about 7,000 feet deep. The earthquake was felt as far away as New York, Bermuda, and Montreal.

Gull v Tern

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 20, 2015

The gull is a sea bird of the family Laridae. Its cousin the tern is a sea bird of the family Sternidae. More distant relatives include auks, skimmers, and waders. Gulls are larger than terns. Feather coloration of the two species is similar – generally white or gray…

Christian Radich

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 17, 2015

Christian Radich is a full-rigged ship, meaning that it has (at least) three masts and all of the masts are rigged for square (actuality rectangular) sails. It was built in Sandefjord, Norway in 1937 as a sail training vessel for the Norwegian merchant marine.

Internal waves

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 13, 2015

Internal waves, also known as solitary waves or solitons, are gravity waves that oscillate within a medium, such as water or air, rather than at the interface between two mediums. A common example would be a bottle of olive oil and vinegar.

Crown-of-thorns starfish

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 10, 2015

The crown-of-thorns starfish is named for the venomous spines or thorns that cover its upper surface. The spines, as well as other portions of the body, contain powerful toxins. The spines are both sharp and brittle. They penetrate soft material…

Ternate

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 6, 2015

Ternate is a relatively small (43 square mile) island in the Molucca Islands of Indonesia. For hundreds of years, it was the center of the Sultanate of Ternate, one of the wealthiest and most powerful governments in the region, exercising influence as far as Sulawesi and Papua.

Ark Royal

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 3, 2015

The galleon eventually known as Ark Royal was ordered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1586 as the Ark. Under the prevailing convention of the time, it was referred to by the owner’s name – thus Ark Raleigh. It was built by R. Chapman of Deptford with two gun decks…

Lake Nicaragua shark

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 27, 2015

The Lake Nicaragua shark is a common bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) that has adapted to living, at least temporarily, in the fresh water of Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River, which connects the lake to the Caribbean Sea. Similar adaptive…

River sharks

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 24, 2015

River sharks (Glyphis) are five rare species found only in rivers and estuaries of South Asia and Austronesia. They are related to the larger bull sharks, which are sometimes found in the same waters, but unlike bull sharks, they do not migrate into marine waters.

Autonomous spaceport drone ship

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 20, 2015

The deck barge Marmac 300 (CG No. 1063184) was built in 1998 by Gulf Coast Fabrication in Pearlington, Mississippi for McDonough Marine Service, a tug and barge company based in Metairie, Louisiana. As built, it was 288 feet in length, with a 100 foot beam and a depth of almost 20 feet.

Ephemeris

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2015

An ephemeris is a calendar giving the positions of naturally-occurring astronomical objects and, these days, artificial satellites in the sky at given times. Originally, the ephemerides were developed by and for astronomers at particular observatories.

Sea lily

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 13, 2015

The sea lily (Bourgueticrinida) is an order of marine animals referred to as crinoids. They are typically found in deep ocean waters (to a depth of about 18,000 feet). In their adult form, they are attached to the sea floor by means of a stalk.

Le Griffon

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 10, 2015

The French explored and settled in the Saint Lawrence River valley (which they referred to as New France) during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They sailed their ships as far inland as Lake Ontario, but were stymied by the Niagara Falls.

Bonin Islands

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 6, 2015

The Bonin Islands, also known as the Ogasawara Islands, are an archipelago of 30 tropical and subtropical islands in the western Pacific about 550 nautical miles almost due south of Tokyo. They are the most isolated of the inhabited Japanese islands.

Green crab

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 3, 2015

The green crab (Carcinus maenas) is a crab common to littoral marine waters of the northeast Atlantic coast and the Baltic Sea. A related species (Carcinus aestuarii) can be found in the Mediterranean Sea. The adult carapace of the green crab is about 3.5 inches wide.

Battle of the Saintes

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 30, 2015

After the French fleet under Admiral Comte de Grasse deterred the Royal Navy from relieving General Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781, it sailed to the Caribbean to put continued pressure on British interests in the Americas. The sugar plantations…

Robert McClure

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 27, 2015

Robert John Le Mesurier McClure (1807-1873) joined the Royal Navy in 1824. He served as mate on the HMS Terror (a converted bomb ship) in the unsuccessful Frozen Strait Expedition of 1836-37. Afterwards, he served in the Canadian lakes and in various North American and West Indian naval stations.

Battle of Actium

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 23, 2015

After the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., the Roman Republic was led by the Second Triumvirate, which consisted of Octavian (the adopted son of Julius Caesar), Mark Antony (the magister equitum of Caesar’s army), and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (a political ally of Julius Caesar).

Vaquita porpoise

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 20, 2015

The vaquita porpoise is small by cetacean standards, averaging just over four feet in length. Identified as a separate species only in 1958, it is found exclusively at the northern end of the Gulf of California. The name is Spanish for “little cow”.