Saturday, April 26, 2014



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Alexander von Humboldt, Self portrait in Paris, 1814{PD-US) ,  S/V ALEXANDER HUMBOLT (CCO)


As our site has grown, and it is still just getting started, we have found it necessary to use some visual markers to help the casual visitor through the site. Most particularly, we found the actual daily blog postings have become quite numerous and give every indication of becoming more so.  

 We try to provide information to our very diverse audience who share a community of interest in things maritime, nautical, or ocean related. While that broadly stated interest is a unifying theme for our community of readers, the maritime world is very broad and generates a lot of information. So, as an aid in making the blog postings easier to understand visually, we have originally decided to start each "cyber publishing day" with a "Station ID and Notice Board". The highly recognizable though changing "STATION ID" marked the start of a new day's postings since its instigation. It also provided us with a sort of community bulletin board where we may exhibit things we want to bring your attention to as the cyber publishing day wears on.Unfortunately as year one faded into year two an dthe blog continued without revenue staff hours had to be reduced. The daily "Station ID and Notice Board" proved time consuming and drew time from analytic research and writing. So we changed to WEEKLY and WEEKEND editions of what we took to calling simply our HOME PAGE / NOTICES. Which look very much like our old daily "STATION IDENTIFICATION and NOTICE BOARD", but we make only minor changes daily until the week end arrives. 

 We chose as our ID images visually interesting vessels of significance to the search for, publication, analysis, and preservation of maritime knowledge. In the case of the ALEXANDER HUMBOLT this criteria is as true of the ship's name sake as the ship. The ship's name sake was Fridrich Wilhelm von Humbolt.  Humbolt was born on September 14, 1769 and died May 6, 1859.  A Prussian by birth he was considered a leading geographer, naturalist, and explorer of his day.  Humbolt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the modern field of biogeography.
He explored South America between 1789 and 1804 and over the space of 21 years produced extensive volumes of descriptive literature on the biodiversity of South America.
This hyperlink will take you to a more complete biography:


 The sailing ship ALEXANDER von  HUMBOLT II was built as a training ship and educational excursion vessel. To view a four minute video of the ship, its educational mission, and life aboard click on this hyperlink: This next hyperlink will take you to a site describing the ship's original owners the German Sail Training Association:,-Bremerhaven/Alexander-von-Humboldt-II.html

If you would like to nominate a ship for our future station ID drop us a comment. Or let us know what you think of the ALEXANDER von HUMBOLT II as a permanent Station ID. We presume of course based on a due diligence search that the photo we have been using is in the public domain. While we believe that, we caution that such determinations are sometimes inaccurate and our use of the image does not constitute any permission to reuse an image that is not ours license. Should anyone connected with the original owners of the vessel have information that the image is not in the public domain, or have an objection to its use of any sort please use the comments section below to alert us. Should we decide to utilize the image on a semi permanent basis as our Home page image we will run it with a notice that we make no claim of intellectual property rights and a caution against assuming any implied license of reuse. 

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