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Coast Survey Steamer Robert J. Walker

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on October 1, 2013

The steam vessel Robert J. Walker was built in 1844 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the US Revenue Cutter Service. Proving to be too slow and inefficient for revenue patrols, the side-wheeler was transferred to the US Coast Survey in 1848. It was named for Secretary of the Treasury Robert J.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 2, 2010

Nowadays, the boatswain or bosun is a term referring to the senior unlicensed member of the deck department of a ship. It is derived from the Old English word “batswegen”, meaning servant of the ship. The term was first documented in the Royal…

Statoil Tests World´s First Diverless Hot Tap

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on January 5, 2010

During early August 2009 the world’s first diverless hot tap operation on a pressurised pipeline was performed by Statoil on the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea. This was the catalyst for the development of the world’s only remote hot tapping machine.