Wednesday, April 17, 2013

4/17/2013 Station Identification and Notice Board


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Hey, Hold it snake bite, What happened to the sailing ship with the green sails? Well sorry to say we got lazy and over used it. When we first started to post a daily station Identification and Notice board we were using illustrations of places where we were working from like New Orleans, Annapolis, and once while fleeing a hurricane; Montgomery , Alabama., By the way, Montgomery turned out to have a surprising commercial maritime history ,and now a vibrant recreational waterfront, and still possesses commercial maritime potential. The Barque ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLT II was the first sailing vessel we picked to ID our daily cover. Our announced intention at the time was to introduce our readers to the world's significant commercial and educational major sailing vessels. But after we ran the starboard side view of the ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLT II, we decided to run some pictures of her bow on, and then for months now her port side view. We really like that image by Hans George Schroder. But we nearly abandoned the intention of the space above which was meant to be somewhat educational and not intended to develop a logo or a trade mark. The Hans George Schroder image will be around our blog spaces a long time and its already around us in the social media. But it was not our intention to establish a logo or a trade mark. Above is our next featured vessel the STAR OF INDIA. 

 The STAR OF INDIA is said to be the oldest active sailing ship. She was originally built in the Ramsy Shipyard, Isle of man, United Kingdom and was launched in 1863. Somewhere between her service to India, hauling immigrants to Australia and New Zealand and 21 circumnavigations she picked up the name STAR OF INDIA, and ended her cargo career with the Alaska Packers Association which cut her down from a full rigged ship to a bark, her present rig. Now here is where things get interesting for our readers. She is presently a museum ship/excursion vessel in San Diego , California. Unlike The ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLT II you can visit and go aboard the STAR OF INDIA and with a little pre-planning for a very reasonable price you can even go sailing on her. You'll notice under the picture's caption a hyperlink that will take you straight to her web site where you can learn more of her history, visiting hours, sailing dates, ticket prices etc. Help keep the museum ship movement alive. The next time you are in beautiful sunny San Diego visit or ride the STAR OF INDIA. We'll have her up in that space for while. The hyperlink will always run with her picture.

Click on the link below the flag to get your day off to the right start!

This is the video of the Star Spangled Banner that she sang at the Super Bowl. Click in, stand and get our day started right! Face towards Boston.


IN THE NEWS TODAY: Of course we are watching the investigation unfold in Boston . We have no insights to add yet

Despite the attention focused on Boston we continue to monitor the China Seas where the dragon continues to misbehave. But the Dragon doesn't confine his naval misbehavior to the near sea, yesterday in the blog space we carried the story of the reptile on ice, in the Arctic Waters that we share with Canada, Iceland, Greenland, the Scandinavian nations and Russia. The Dragon has announced that he intends to play in our near seas as well. late yesterday we learned that a U.S. Navy war ship is visiting Hong Kong even while Chinese Coast Guard vessels are invading Japanese and Philippine exclusive economic zone waters daily. This seems to underscore the delicate nature of the situation. All regional powers seem to be pushing hard against aggressive claims and actions by China but everyone seems to want to confine the issue to Coast Guard like forces and talk in terms of "administration", "law enforcement", and "fisheries management' while China occupies islands only a few miles from the Philippines and hundreds of miles from her own shore. Of course with Vietnam, which does not have the naval power of Japan, or an alliance with the U.S like both Japan and the Philippines ; China simply shoots anyone in the way  

The U.S. Navy has sent one of its bomb disposal units to Boston to assist in the aftermath of the second Attack on America.

IN THE BLOG SPACE TODAY:   Read about the solving of the Mystery of Sandy Island, that Manhattan sized island in the Pacific that has been appearing and disappearing since the 18th century. It's gone now for good and we now why it kept appearing and disappearing. Also read about the suffering boat building "tigers" of two different cultures and their demise at the hands of unfeeling governments.

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NAMAZU, giant Japanese catfish former demigod, turned maritime analyst
Namazu is our senior maritime analyst and star commentator, many visitors check in just to see what the giant catfish has to say lately. When he has something new we post it in this space. Other wise his stuff is all over the blog postings and an index to his posts is in the INDEX AND FINDING AIDS SECTION. Most recently, we revisited a Namazu classic WHERE IS THE MERCHANT IN THE AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE?


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