Friday, April 19, 2013

4/19/2013 Station Identification and Notice Board


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The Racing Sloop VENCEDOR on Lake Erie 1897. We had to replace the STAR of INDIA as our daily boat picture  because certain browsers couldn't produce it. Our Blog is constructed in Google Chrome, so what we see on the "dashboard" as we produce pages is exactly what you see if you view the blog in Google Chrome. Printed matter seems to transfer between browsers and servers effortlessly but certain illustrations often get dropped in one browser or another. That was another reason why we featured the green sails of the ALEXANDER Von HUMBOLT II for so long, she was visible across all browsers and on all receivers from desk tops to smart phones. Stick with us as we build our photo collections of classic sailing vessels we'll eventually find many that work across all of cyber space. We try to be visually interesting across all media but for best results view us in Google Chrome with advertising blocking software off. We don't have pop ups , all ads are between posts. To order books you need the book icon links. Advertising blocking applications often mis- identify some of our illustrations as advertising and you get a big square block, or may be the word "Hotlink" appears in the block. We'll know by tomorrow if the VENCEDOR is a winner.



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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 added our only insights so far yesterday, one of which is the suggestion that anyone with any first aid training carry some first aid supplies in a medically marked fanny pack when attending events that draw massive crowds.

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, on Tuesday in the blog space we carried the story of the reptile on ice, in the Arctic Waters. Late on Tuesday 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  

Watch out Tigers, the Dragon (China)  made a gift of a war ship to Pakistan only a few days after making an overture to India (The Tigers). Don't drink the Dragon's cool aid, there is no truth to the reptilian claim that the Dragon doesn't want anything in the Indian Ocean.


IN THE BLOG SPACE TODAY:  NAMAZU completes his address to the english speaking Peoples

UNLOCKING THE MARITIME WORLD: Our mission is literally to  unlock the maritime world by making all English language maritime data easy to find,  available, evaluated when possible, and affordable. We suggest checking our subject pages to your right first, by clicking on the subject section most like your particular interest. These pages will bring you to short introductions,  free links, free videos, book reviews and book lists on the subjects. If that doesn't answer your question come back here and click any of the "super links" below that appear most appropriate, the broadest and most general is hyper linked just below. This is an entire web site of nothing but links to maritime websites and blogs of every description.

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OCEANOGRAPHY: The Scripts Institute



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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. Recently, we revisited a Namazu classic WHERE IS THE MERCHANT IN THE AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE? Today we publish his final installment on his "ADDRESS TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES.

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