Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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 Scarlet Sails Photo by Marina Lystseva, SOURCE:http://album.foto.ru/photo/138312/#photo, license:GNU Free Documentation License.

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                                 NEW YEARS DAY 2014           

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1. To Reach The Latest Blog Posts simply Scroll down

2. The list of Special interest pages to your right are direct links, simply click on any page of interest. Once there simply scroll down or use the various internal and external links provided

3. NEW VISITOR?  Click here for a short video explaining our purpose and mission, a basic site guide, short cuts etc.   INTRODUCTION

4. Looking for maritime links? We link to maritime information sites throughout the special interest pages based on the special interest subject. But we also have an indexed collection of most of the world's English language maritime web sites. Click here:THE BIG LINKS LOCKER

5.  Looking for past essays by the our top analyst, Namazu, former Japanese Giant Catfish demigod. His stuff is spread all over the blog but we are building an archive so you might want to check there first: EVERYTHING NAMAZU

6. We've been following the aggressive actions of the Chinese Navy and Coast Guard for nearly two years now. We are working on an archive for those posts as well: How Far Will The Dragon Swim?

7. On line books?  We have a growing collection for reading on line or use as a reference: Our authoritative literature section is where we are editing, up dating and posting the entire collection of American Admiralty Bureau Guide and Commentators, references that should prove vital to admiralty lawyers working with expert witnesses. This is an on going project but about four complete volumes are on line now: After you enter the Authoritative literature page simply scroll down to the start of the American Admiralty Bureau Guides and Commentators.
AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE INCLUDING AAB PUBS.  We also have our popular serial posts on the parallels between space exploration and the earlier age of maritime exploration originally published as a serial blog post under the continuing title "SPACE AS AN OCEAN" and now posted as an E-Book in Progress titled PROTOCOLS: Click into our MARITIME LITERATURE page and scroll down until you see the words "E Book In Progress". Then you may continue to scroll down to read as many of the essays as you like. Each one is complete in and of its self so you could red the entire collection painlessly by reading just one a day, about five thought provoking minutes. To view the essays click here: MARITIME LITERATURE, Including PROTOCOLSWe also have in our MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST SECTION the National Mariner's Association book: BLOOD ON BROWN WATER. Just enter the MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST SECTION and scroll down:  MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST:  "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER"

8. Book Reviews: Are sorted via the special interest pages, just click on any of the special interest pages in the column margin to your right to select a subject area. Book reviews are spread throughout each section along with links to free videos on the pertinent subject, links to specialized web sites on the subject etc. Each book review will have a link to a vendor where you can obtain additional information or purchase the book. If you are interested in a library loan look for the International Book Binding Number (ISBN) either in our review or at the vendor's site. The ISBN number is a big aid when your librarian has to arrange an inter library loan.

9. To look at books that we haven't reviewed yet, shop for water sports books, videos, clothing, and equipment, boat building tools, fishing equipment, or surfing and diving gear visit our shopping mall.  The shops are open while we're under construction. 

10. Need Boat Building Plans? Links to designers with building plans for sale are in the BOAT BUILDING section.  BOAT BUILDING SECTION

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COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON MARITIME OR ADMIRALTY LAW

Another in our "Key Word Search Series"


COULD ADMIRALTY LAW EVER BE CONSIDERED PHOTOGENIC ENOUGH FOR  A TRADITIONAL "COFFEE TABLE BOOK". 

                                                                                                                                            An "Oar Mace of Admiralty" 
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Sir Robert Phillimore was the last judge of the historic court of the Lord High Admiral of England. (PD-1996)

 I used to watch movies like "MASTER AND COMMANDER" or video series like the HORATIO HORNBLOWER series, and read related fiction on the era and marvel at how on earth the writers could come up with such stories, details, and authenticity. Then someone gave me a gift of a book of written British Prize Court decisions from the era. Each decision outlines and provided considerable detail on some amazing "sea stories" that actually happened. Each decision could have easily been the basis for a book or film. The stories that ended up being litigated in the prize court after passing through the hands of skilled Hollywood writers made for some amazing cinematography. So if the subjects of maritime and admiralty law can be so photogenic, why are the people, objects, places, and processes of admiralty law not considered photogenic?    Of course there is only one reason why we ever came up with this question. We recently were the referral site for a key word searcher looking for , of all things, a "coffee table book on maritime law". We of course assumed that they meant a traditional 
large volume heavy with photographs that the book industry typically calls a "coffee table book". We knew they didn't find an answer in our pages we have certainly never reviewed such a publication. So we searched Amazon and Books in Print. Apparently the world of professional photographers and photo publishers have over looked the admiralty courts as a photogenic subject. Unfortunately, we have no such book to suggest here, our search was in vain. But we actually think that the admiralty courts of the world are in fact filled with interesting and photogenic people, customs, and artifacts, and historical illustrations of past practices. To prove that such a book is possible and potentially interesting we decided to comb the public domain for interesting related images for this, our photo essay on admiralty law. Maybe we'll inspire some photographer to assemble a book.

A link to: Canute Road Conservation Area – Draft Appraisal .  This study of a historic area of South Hampton, England contains many contemporary photos, some historic photos, and historic drawings of the area around the location of the "Admiralty Gallows".  Constructed seaward of the high tide mark, within "admiralty jurisdiction" it was there that convicted pirates were led to their deaths proceeded in solemn procession by a court officer holding aloft the "silver oar mace of admiralty". We have a colonial version of such a mace depicted at the top of this post. We aren't showing any of the photos from this site here due our inability to confirm that the unaccredited photos in the report which appears to be a local government report are in the public domain. The collection also includes a photo of the former headquarters of the White Star Line, owners of the Titanic where the families of the crew gathered to await word of the fate of their loved ones.

File:Edward Teach Commonly Call'd Black Beard (bw).jpg One of the most famous criminal defendants ever to appear before a court of admiralty Edward Teach aka "Black Beard", the pirate (PD-old-100). There are many other public domain images of Black Beard.

File:The first Marshalsea prison in the 18th century.JPG  An image of the Marshalsea, an admiralty prison in London from a print believed dated 1878 (PD-old-100)


 The Tower of London, housed a few famous defendants before the British Court of Admiralty. (PD-

Vera Kratochvil )


 The Tower of London from a print dated 1832 (PD-old-100)
  The U.S. District Court House and Customs House at Galveston Texas. U.S. Federal District Courts are the courts of admiralty jurisdiction in America. At the Customs house merchant ships are entered and cleared through customs . (Licensed under Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by photographer Nsaum75


 Jose V. Toledo Federal Building Houses the Admiralty court for Puerto Rico. (PD-donation of Osvaldo Ocasio)


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Wax figure of a pirate from  Madame Tussauds,museum London, executed at the London Dock on order of the Admiralty Court  (PD, Photographer:Wolcott)



File:Executiondock.jpg The hanging of a pirate at London's Execution Dock, last used in 1830. (PD-old-100)


ENFORCERS OF ADMIRALTY LAW TODAY: Coast Guards are the usual long arms of the admiralty law at sea


  U.S. Coast Guard (photo U.S.Navy ) 




U.S. Coast Guard photo ID 090826-G-7510C-020  -The Japanese Coast Guard   



  
Photo by Chief Petty Officer Aaron Glover : Members of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA performing typical "coast guard" functions for Malaysia, one of the best small "coast guards" in the world)

ADMIRALTY LAWYERS PRESENT AND PAST:

 Louisiana Admiralty Lawyer

Robert J. Young Jr.

File:SirRobertPhillimore.jpg  Sir Robert Phillimore  whose photo graced our opening of this post dressed a bit more formally in the old days.

 We hope we've provided enough photographic food for thought that some enterprising professional photographer will consider a traditional coffee table book on maritime or admiralty law. Our research tells us there isn't much, if anything. on the market now. Our demographic research indicates a potential market of admiralty lawyers, judges, paralegals, law clerks and investigators around the English speaking world of thousands. The enforcers, the coast guards of the world represent another market, the U.S. Coast Guard alone has about 42,000 active duty members, about 8, 000 reserve members, over 40,000 auxiliary members and about 11,000 civilian employees. Just about every coastal nation has some form of coast guard. Many images are available free in the public domain. Some need to be captured but travel and production costs need not be prohibitive. We think an initial run of 1500 copies would sell out rather quickly.
This on line photo essay is likely to be about as far as we will ever take the idea. We really aren't in the publishing business. Our business is helping the public to find their needed maritime / nautical information where ever it is. In the case of the "Coffee Table Book on Admiralty or Maritime Law" the photo data appears to be as yet unorganized and formally presented. We hope we made a start here.

Johnas Presbyter, Editor





Digital Fishing Maps




Cover photo
Butch Butler  

 Butch Butler, a professional fishing guide and  member of Johnas Presbyter's g-circle sent a link to a source for some unique fishing maps. These digital fishing maps load directly into your GPS, I-Phone or Tablet. Way better than even the old spiral bound plastic covered versions. The company that puts these maps out works with paid professional sport fishermen in six different coastal states to produce maps that not only contain the important geographic and topographic features but also information on where the fish are. These maps cover coastal regions of North Carolina and some adjacent states. We can't offer an opinion on their navigational value but assuming that you know how to navigate, these charts tell you something that no NOAA chart ever will, where the fish are! The charts are interactive you can add your own information to them and they come with various fishing tips from the contributors. These are tournament proven hot fishing spots presented in graphic nautical chart like format. This link will take you to the North Carolina vendor that Butch alerted us to: We'll continue to be on the look out for this sort of product and keep all of our fishing buddies informed. We have a regular FISHING  page always worth checking. But we are developing a cartography page within our NAVIGATION SECTION and the cartography section is probably the best place to look for cartography products. A "Cartography product" is exactly what these digital "fishing maps" are graphic information presented in the map like form or superimposed over  an actual topographic map or navigation chart. We haven't used this product yet nor evaluated it. If you have we'd appreciate a comment. In the interest of full disclosure we are not advertising this fishing map producer at this time. We'd really appreciate some feed back. Meanwhile, well south of the Carolinas, Capt. Butch is in Florida fishing Lake Okeechobee.  To learn more about Lake Okeechobee  and fishing resources there check outhttp://www.okeechobeeguide.com/ 

http://www.ncfishingspots.com/     

Monday, December 30, 2013

THE MARITIME INSTITUTE OF MALAYSIA

WHAT AMERICA COULD LEARN FROM MALAYSIA ABOUT MARITIME POLICY FORMATION    


                                                                               
In America the U.S. Coast Guard is charged with the "superintendence of the merchant Marine" . It's pretty much has been that way since World War II when naval control of shipping was imposed and the Merchant Marine was basically functioning as a naval auxiliary. The "superintendence" (licensing and certification of seamen, investigations and tribunals for at sea breaches in discipline or alleged instances demonstrating professional incompetency, inspection of ships, approval of safety equipment) , all of these fell to the U.S. Coast Guard's basket of tasks at a time when it was very involved in amphibious warfare, convoy escort, port security, and many other aspects of naval augmentation directly involving armed personnel or armed vessels and direct combat. The U.S. Coast Guard had been, in peace time, an armed maritime criminal law enforcement,aids to navigation, and search and rescue organization, By law it was also a naval military service in times of war, or parts of the service could be dispatched to service with the Navy by Presidential order. The role of a regulatory agency was imposed on it as the World War broke out and both the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine came under more direct control by the Chief of Naval Operations. When the war ended there was no agency to hand off this regulatory responsibility to and so the Coast Guard has continued its superintendence of the American Merchant Marine to this day. As many maritime wags are won't to describe it; this arrangement has resulted in "the most closely regulated Merchant Marine that never existed."  You see the U.S. Coast Guard has had the responsibility of insuring the safety of the U.S. Merchant Marine for decades but it has no responsibility for insuring that there is a Merchant Marine in the first place. Regulating the American Merchant Marine out of existence is not the intention of the Coast Guard but it has never appeared to be a real concern either.

  The U.S. Maritime Administration is the organization charged with insuring that there is a U.S. Merchant Marine. To this end the Maritime Administration operates the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and provides assistance to the several state maritime academies. If the Congress gives them any money the Maritime Administration will administer construction differential and operational differential subsidies to American ship owners but basically neither political party provides any real support to the idea of subsidies. The Republicans hate the concept of subsidies generally and the Democrats don't see the percentage in it, not enough voting American merchant men to vote them into office. The Maritime Administration runs a "mothball fleet" of aging vessels that might be pressed into service if war broke out. The administration also administers a loan guarantee program for the construction of vessels in America that have recognized potential naval utility. Basically the Maritime Administration has administered the incredible shrinking American Merchant Marine right into the dirt. The problem with the ham handed regulatory efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard and the ineffective administration of the Maritime Administration is simply that both agencies have lots of legislative guidance and mandates by a Congress that doesn't know port from starboard or bow from stern. THERE IS NO COMPREHENSIVE AMERICAN NATIONAL MARITIME  POLICY.

  By contrast little Malaysia has an excellent navy, excellent "coast guard", (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency), and a growing commercial maritime sector. Could it be that Malaysia has achieved a comprehensive and wise national maritime policy because  in 1993 it decided to get the politicians some brain power for the necessary tasks by forming the Maritime Institute of Malaysia.  The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) was incorporated in 1993 with a mandate to conduct policy research on the maritime realm of the nation. The Institute was mandated to mobilize national and international expertise in the area of policy analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation in support of the Malaysian Government. The Institute was to undertake research  on Malaysia's maritime domain and provide opportunities for exchanges of ideas on such matters.The Institute is to provide the government with opinions, policy options and recommendations on maritime related issues. To enliven and inform policy discussion the Institute was mandated to publish results of its studies and to sponsor seminars and similar events. 

 Hummm....lets see Malaysia's national maritime policy is formulated after careful study and advice of full time experts focused on arriving at maritime policies that work and this process is institutionalized in a national maritime think tank. American lack of policy comes out of Congressional turf squabbles. We here at AAB / AAIS watch the maritime world of navies, coast guards and merchant marines 24/7, year in and year out and we've been doing it for decades.  We don't claim that Malaysia, or India, or Singapore are perfect in every aspect of maritime activity. But we can absolutely confirm that since 1993 they seem to get better every year and are really quite good today. By contrast U.S. commercial sea power is in the tank, the U.S. Navy is shrinking, the U.S. Coast Guard's equipment inventory is improving nicely thanks to the on going "Deep Water Project", their personnel are increasing in numbers and quality, but the agency continues to do economic harm to the ever shrinking American Merchant Marine. Is it too late to start over on the Malaysian model? Could we back up and arrive at a comprehensive national maritime policy developed by experts and then seek the needed legislation and regulatory processes to support it? 
  Really, if the entire membership of the House and Senate Coast Guard and Merchant Marine related committees were to take off tomorrow to Malaysia to visit the MIMA we'd be the first to defend them against charges of  a pleasure "junket" at tax payer expense. Yes its true that Malaysia is beautiful, warm, has some really nice beaches but that doesn't mean that Congress couldn't learn about maritime policy formation there. We could send them to cold and cloudy England instead but that's not where models of effective maritime policy are being formed today. The British are also experiencing a shrinking Navy, merchant marine and have a decentralized coast guard function. We all learned a great deal from the British model at one time but they aren't the innovators anymore. If we want to relearn innovation, practicality, and sound maritime national policy we need to look for models in the world that actually work. Le's send the Congress to Malaysia to study the MIMA, even if the trip is way more pleasant than what those rascals deserve. Let's hope the Malaysian's would let our Congress in, quite a few of them are pretty unsavory. You can follow this link to learn more about MIMA:
INSTITUT MARITIM MALAYSIA (MIMA) 
B-06-08 Megan Avenue II
12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia. 

Telephone: (603) 2161 2960
Telefax: (603) 2161 4035
E-Mail: mima@mima.gov.my





MUSIC OF THE ADMIRALTY MUSES

The music videos of American Admiralty

THE MUSIC VIDEOS OF AMERICAN ADMIRALTY:



THIS IS NOT OUR MUSIC VIDEO SELECTION BOARD. THESE GUY ARE "THE SHIFTY SAILORS" www.shiftysailors.net
Click on the link for their web site.  When not sailing or drinking these guys sing songs of the sea better than just about anybody. .Check them out singing while underway on YouTube;
 SHIFTY SAILORS ON A BOAT. CDs available via their web site:www.shiftysailors.net 
EDITOR'S NOTE: First published last Spring. More music videos have found their way into our postings and special interests sections. We thought an update collection was in order. Below we give you a short explanation of how and why the video was first linked to. Then just click on the link to shift to YouTube to hear and see the video. Really,at Youtube click on full screen and crank up the sound. When you are ready to hear the your next selection just hit the back arrow or close the tab and you;ll be right back here to click on the next link.

 Recently while researching for several upcoming posts I had the occasion to really roam around our blog. Having very eclectic tastes in music and very nautical preferences in eye candy, I was really struck by some of the videos set to music that we have linked to or even produced over the months that we have been building the site. I wanted to share my favorites with you . A click on the links below will take you to YouTube and the selected video. Click on the big screen display and crank up the sound! Click on the close button or back arrow to return here for the next selection. Kick back, relax and marvel at the musical selections our staff has made since we started building this site. Remember this is a staff whose wives maintain that; "your taste is in your mouth". But even our wives were amazed at these selections:

Johnas Presbyter, Editor in Chief



OUR FAVORITE VERSION OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

By Madison Rising: The Star Spangled Banner
   Waving Flag #3 Every morning during the nearly two years  right at the station ID we would invite readers to tune into a periodically changing version of the National Anthem. Our favorite however is this one by Madison Rising. The Star Spangled Banner.  After a while as we started having more readers from other English speaking nations click in on a regular basis we added other English language national anthems. Currently, we've pulled all national anthems from the former "Station Identification now termed home page as we edited for length and to reduce scrolling. We will eventually bring them all and others back via an internal link. We are trying to condense our "Home Page and Notices" and turn the page into a quick introduction to the site and an aid in fast and simple information location. From the Home page you will once again the near future be able to click into an improved version of our old "STATION IDENTIFICATION AND NOTICE" page, which we are morphing into a sort of AMERICAN ADMIRALTY BOOKS TODAY feature. But those who just want to get right down to work finding the information they came for will be able to skip it and get to their selected information needs much faster. Meanwhile we haven't lost our collection of English language national anthems>


                                                                 OH CANADA



File:Flag of Australia.svg                                               File:Flag of New Zealand.svg 

ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR                                       GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND


THE THEME FROM THE AMERICAN ADMIRALTY BOOKS PROMO . THIS MUSIC VIDEO APPEARS NEAR THE TOP OF OUR STATION ID AND NOTICE BOARD DAILY YET INDICATIONS ARE THAT ONLY ABOUT 300 VIEWERS HAVE EVER SEEN IT.  MOST SCROLL RIGHT PAST. TAKE A MOMENT , WATCH AND LISTEN, THIS IS OUR PRODUCTION PREPARED BY "CAPT. BEN", EDITOR OF THE OCEANOGRAPHY AND NAVIGATION SECTIONS. NEXT TO SURFING MUSE "CAPT.BEN" IS THE YOUNGEST ON THE STAFF AND STILL AN ACTIVE SEAFARER . HE WAS AT SEA AS WHEN WE WROTE  THIS. CLICK ON TH EBIG LINK ABOVE OR HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFw32RRJY98





THE THEME FROM THE SPRING BOAT SHOW


              

  NAMAZU'S THEME: Nana Oh Land's Ode to the Giant Catfish:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nldOhFVh8jY      


  Namazu or Oh Land fans own your own Namazu theme by clicking on the album cover link

OH Land's Music Video "Son of Gun" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWRi7gDYjVY


By the way you can buy any of Nana Oh Land's singles, albums, or videos right here through our Amazon Portal. The Great Catfish Namazu just loves her music and you will too. We receive commissions on music sales and that makes the catfish happy too. Each commission puts us that much closer to being able to afford that cube farm of research assistants he keeps asking for.


    Image of Oh Land
                                     click on the link below to go to the Amazon OH Land store for all of her music in various media

                                      http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Land/e/B0054E2IIE/ref=ac_dtp_sa_link

First linked when we posted the discovery of the 1926 wreck of the NESBIT GRAHMMER:THE WRECK OF THE NESBIT GRAHMMER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i69pujbPUvI





The Ravager
John Charles Dollman, 1909          And don't forget our Vikings of the Longship Company for your next lawn party or concert. Unlike the SHIFTY SAILORwww.shiftysailors.net they don't sing or play instruments but can make a dandy rhythm section when pounding their oars on the gunwhales, and they can pound tankards of ale and drink in time to music.   http://www.longshipco.org/  Put these talented Vikings to work. The Longship Company Vikings, a treasured Maryland Resource.



Sunday, December 29, 2013

DRAGONS AND BEARS WITH AUSSIES STILL ON ICE

Icebound Ship STILL Awaits Antarctic Rescue

Guardian reporter aboard Akademic Shokalskiy says crew are killing time by taking measurements and counting birds, and now watching for cracks in the ice.
Original Story from the GUARDIAN:
Ship prow trapped ice
XUE LONG (SNOW DRAGON) to the rescue. Photo by Laurence Topham for THE GUARDIAN:



Original GUARDIAN story by Haroon Siddique currently on board the AKADEMIC SHOKALSKIY


The AKADEMIC SHOKALSKIY is a Russian  expedition ship full of scientist and paying passengers who assist the scientist in their data collection. As we reported last week, It's stuck in Antartic ice, still. When we reported last week the AKADEMIC SHOKALSKIY was awaiting the arrival of the "Snow Dragon" which is actually the translation of XUE LONG the name of the Chinese ship proceeding the scene to assist at the request of the Australian Maritime Assistance organization. To read last weeks full story click here: GUARDIAN:  It was nice to see the Dragon up to something productive instead of scaring the neighbors, but Mother Nature can defeat even seemingly invincible dragons.

  The Snow Dragon (XUE LONG) has actually been on scene within distant sight of the stuck ship but can not break its way in. A French ice breaker has attempted to assist but has made no progress either. Now everyone is waiting for an Australian ice breaker which supposed to be a more heavy duty model than the two icebreakers presently on scene. If the ship can not be freed it may have to be evacuated by helicopter. We will continue to monitor events and let you know what's happening. The Dragon, the Bear, and about 74 paying Australian science buffs are all having quite an adventure in the Antarctic as summer is arriving down there. It seems like the spring ice pack is much thicker than anticipated, not much help here from global warming.

Maritime / Marine Issues Between Cuba and the United States

Another in our "Key Word Search" Series:

 THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA HAVE A NUMBER OF ISSUES BETWEEN THEM OF A MARINE OR MARITIME NATURE. BELOW ARE LINKS TO SITES EXPLAINING AND DEFINING, AND REPORTING ON THE PROGRESS OF THE BETTER KNOWN ISSUES


Image by NASA


Editor's Note 1/9/2015 Now that the U.S. and Cuba have reestablished diplomatic relations it seems a good time to check progress again on these issues.

 The first bone of contention between the United States and Cuba is the actual boundary between the two nations. There is not a lot of disagreement at the moment though the formal treaty setting the boundary has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate. Here is a link to a description of the ongoing issue: (the issue descriptions below are hyper links to relevant sites)



TEXT OF RELEVANT TREATY ( yet t o be ratified by U.S. Senate but observed in practice)









Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ship Wreck Locations, Locating Ship Wrecks, another in the popular key word search series

A KEY WORD SEARCH THAT WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF THAT DOESN'T QUITE FIT ANY OF OUR SPECIAL INTERESTS PAGES ARE VARIOUS VERSIONS OF EITHER SPECIFIC SHIP WRECK LOCATIONS OR HOW TO RESEARCH SHIP WRECK LOCATIONS


  HERE IS A GREAT PLACE TO START SUCH RESEARCH Click on the title below to read more about or order this book: 

The Atlas of Shipwrecks & Treasure: The History, Location, and Treasures of Ships Lost at Sea


"The first comprehensive illustrated guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures they have yielded, capturing the romance and the risks of treasure hunting. Find the story of the 40 most significant wrecks, hand-drawn maps of sea-routes, and spectacular color photographs of boats, salvage techniques and recovered treasure."

  • ISBN-10: 1564585999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564585998 These ISBN numbers may help your librarian find a copy for you

SOME RELATED PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE:

                                        
Click on any of the book icons above to read more bout these books, check latest prices, find ISBN numbers or purchase on line.


Keep in mind that there are many legal aspects that have to be considered before diving on or otherwise interacting with a shipwreck. Under both international law and the law of most coastal states war wrecks are usually considered grave sites and are completely protected. Ship wrecks are not generally considered owner less but remain the property of the ship owner, or the owners heirs or assigns, or in the case of state vessels the government of the flag state. Below are some informative links starting with a general description of the subject of shipwrecks.


SHIPWRECKS  File:SS Austria shipwreck.jpg
                                          (PD-old-100)

ABANDONED SHIPWRECK ACT: The U.S. law on wrecks in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States

WRECK AND SALVAGE LAW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM


THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA AND MRINE ARCHAEOLOGY 

HOW DO YOU FIND A SHIPWRECK?  An introduction to the subject. There is very little here about the real first step which is usually a lot of library research.

SHIPWRECK RESEARCH: A more complete description of the process including the logical first step research.

BOAT PLANS

WE HAVE GREATLY EXPANDED OUR LINKS TO COMPANIES SELLING DETAILED CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR WOODEN BOAT CONSTRUCTION IN OUR BOAT BUILDING SECTION. BELOW ARE JUST A FEW SAMPLES FROM JUST ONE OF THE COMPANIES WE LINK TO ATKIN & CO.





ERIC Plans available at ATKIN & CO.


               C.G.JUNIOR   Plans available at  ATKIN & CO.                                                                                                                                                    

  HANDY ANDY Plans available at ATKIN & CO.

To see the entire collection of Atkins Co. designs simply click on any of the links above to view our growing list of links to boat plans providers go to our 

BOAT BUILDING SECTION.  and just scroll down. Plans at Atkins typically run $50 to $200 depending on the size of the boat. Atkins also sells study plans for $15, refundable if you later purchase the full set of building plans. This is true of many of the plans providers we link you to. New plans provider links are posted as soon as we are able to review the products. We do not accept advertising from the providers we link you to. We think you will find any of these designs interesting, but we do not endorse plan vendors. We just show you what we found and liked. We used Atkin's in this post because they start with an A, they've been around since the early 1900s, we've had a chance to look at some of the boat photos and drawings and check a few hull histories and we like what we see. There are a lot plans vendors more at our BOAT BUILDING SECTION

Friday, December 27, 2013

gCaptain's Year in Maritime Photos

The maritime general news site gCaptain has just published 2013's news in pictures

THE YEAR IN PHOTOS @ gCaptain

kulluk aground
Above is a shot of the MODU grounding that ended Shell Oil and Noble Drilling Corporation's hopes of
a 2013 High Arctic exploratory drilling season. Just one of the many maritime events we either linked you to reports on, or provided observations and analysis on this past year. Photo U.S. Coast Guard

USS Guardian salvage efforts

The U.S. Naval Loss of the Year USS GUARDIAN aground on a Philippine reef. The entire ship became a constructive total loss. Photo: U.S. Navy

See these and many more photos of 2013's top maritime news events at: http://gcaptain.com/2013-year-in-maritime-photos/

We may not be able to provide you with direct non public domain photos of every maritime event that we report to you but never hesitate to link you to those who can.


                                                                                        
                                                                                Amazon - Shop. Connect. Enjoy. All from Earth's Biggest Selection. 

REAL PIRATE SHIPS

"REAL PIRATE SHIPS", "AUTHENTIC PIRATE SHIPS" These key word searches brought quite a few people to our site recently. We're not sure what part of our content triggered the search engine though "pirate" and "piracy" and "ship" all appear with a great deal of frequency within these pages. We're pretty sure that what is being sought though is nothing about the plague of modern piracy. We believe that the below described book probably contains the information sought.


THE PIRATE SHIP    You can click on the link to your left to actually reach the site where you really can peek inside the book. We have not had an opportunity to review this book yet. However our research after discovering an influx of people searching for this information leads us to believe that the dust jacket hype is pretty much true. This is a neglected subject and there isn't much out there except this book. Here is what the publisher had to say.

"The deeds and personalities of famous pirates have received significant attention in recent years: however, no detailed depiction of their vessels has ever been produced. This title redresses the imbalance, conducting a detailed exploration of the wide variety of pirate vessels that sailed the high seas during the 'golden age' of piracy (1690–1730), from gun-bristling warships to smaller craft such as sloops, brigantines and early schooners. It incorporates the latest archaeological evidence to produce a fascinating account of these vessels, detailing their origins, development and tactical engagement. Packed with contemporary illustrations and superbly detailed colour artwork, the ships of the 'golden age' are brought vividly to life."  
  • ISBN-10: 1841764973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841764979   If you don't care to purchase the book these ISBN numbers will help your librarian locate a copy. 

  • Folks interested in the actual vessels of the pirates of the era might also be interested in some of their most targeted ships from the early stages of the era , in which case we suggest:

  

 During the middle decade of the 16th century a new type of sailing vessel emerged, designed to carry the wealth of the Americas to Spain. This was the galleon, and over the next century these vessels would serve Spain well as treasure ships and warships, becoming a symbol of Spanish power and wealth during the period. The development and construction of the Spanish galleon are discussed in this book, and the ordnance and crewing needed to produce and maintain these stately vessels is covered. The author also examines the role of the galleon as a treasure ship, and describes how these ships were manned and fought in action.
  • ISBN-10: 1841766372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766379  Again, the ISBN Numbers will assist your librarian in finding a copy for you. If you click on the link you can look over a bit more of the book and order on line if you wish to do so.

                                                                                        
                                                                                Amazon - Shop. Connect. Enjoy. All from Earth's Biggest Selection.