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GizMag is reporting:

A new study by a team of scientists from Italy, France, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrates that the Earth’s magnetic field could change polarity in less than 100 years. The last magnetic reversal occurred some 786,000 years ago and was previously thought to have taken several thousand years but, if the researchers are right, the real time it may take for the flip to occur could actually be closer to the span of a human life.

The complete GizMag post is here.

 

Capt. Kelly Sweeney in Anacortes

On October 19, 2014, in Anacortes, Leadership, Piracy, Shipping, by CaptRR

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Kelly Sweeney was in Anacortes yesterday. He presented a program on modern day piracy.

Kelly, his wife Frances and I got to tell a few more stories afterwards at Frida’s, a local Mexican restaurant.

 

Oh what a feeling

On October 18, 2014, in General Boating, by CaptRR

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GizMagazine is reporting:

As the world’s largest automaker, Toyota is quite well-known for land vehicles, including SUVs like the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. Lesser known is the corporation’s marine arm, which sells several car-inspired boats in the Japanese market. The latest is the Ponam-31, a “sports utility cruiser” that puts a rather elegant cabin atop a hull that skips across the water by way of dual Land Cruiser engines.

The complete GizMagazine post is here.

 

More on the Phoenician ship

On October 17, 2014, in History, Navigation, by CaptRR

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A replica of the Antikythera mechanism on display at the Exhibition of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, 2005. Its mechanism consists of at least 29 gears of various sizes.

GMA News is reporting:

Ancient computer

However, the wreck is most famous for the “Antikythera mechanism”, an ancient Greek astronomical analogue computer from the second century BC, referred to as the world’s oldest computer that performed multiplication, subtraction, division and tracked the movements of the sun and the moon.

Famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led a second expedition to the wreck in 1976, but its deep remote location, of some 55 meters deep, has made it difficult to reach.

The complete GMA News post is HERE.

 

Phoenician ship

On October 16, 2014, in History, Navigation, by CaptRR

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PioneerExpeditions is reporting:

Three years after building the replica Phoenician ship “Phoenicia” and circumnavigating Africa a new expedition is being planned. This time to sail Phoenicia from the Mediterranean to the Americas to illustrate that the Phoenicians (as the greatest ancient seafarers) had capabilities and skills to cross the Atlantic two thousand years before Columbus. Crossing the Atlantic is an ambitious challenge as the Atlantic winds and storms are powerful and unforgiving for any sailor. However, it is a quest that demands to be attempted in order to answer one of history’s most important questions: who were the first sailors to discover the Americas?

The complete PioneerExpeditions post is here.

(Thanks to Norton Rider for the link)

 

Caption needed

On October 14, 2014, in Just for Fun, by CaptRR

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Viking Funeral

On October 12, 2014, in Coast Guard, Interesting, by CaptRR

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The Scuttlefish is reporting:

Burials at sea are far from uncommon within the armed forces–they’re free, in fact–but hardly are they ever so elaborate as this.

United States Coast Guard Veteran and Norwegian immigrant Andrew Haines spent 10 years building models of Viking ships based on blueprints his cousin had sent from across the pond in Norway. That may seem a long time to spend building ship models, but take a look at the elaborate lapstrake (the hull structure), and the perfect symmetry of the vessel pictured above. Then consider that Mr. Haines constructed alone with only one hand, after a 1975 boating accident which took his arm and ended his career as a commercial fisherman.

The complete Scuttlefish post by Owen James Burke is here.

 

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Neatorama is reporting:

While doing research for my post about Russia’s naval fleet on the vanishing Aral Sea, I encountered evidence that Uzbekistan has at least two active warships.

This is remarkable. Although a few landlocked nations maintain navies, Uzbekistan is not only landlocked, but doubly landlocked. That means that Uzbekistan is completely surrounded by landlocked nations. It and Liechtenstein are the only two such nations in the world.

The complete Neatorama post by John Farrier is here.

 
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