When Downtown Disney’s newest eatery, The Boathouse, opened on April 13, the venue debuted more than upscale dining and waterfront views of Orlando, Florida’s, Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant boasts a collection of rare boats built from the 1930s through the 1950s, but it also plays host to the only commercial Amphicar tours in the world, according to developer Steven Schussler.
Schussler, who admits to having owned several Amphicars over the years, was looking for a way to distinguish The Boathouse from other Disney restaurants when he settled on the idea of offering Amphicar tours of the lake that surrounds his latest dining venture. Despite production of 3,878 Amphicars from 1961 until 1968, Schussler estimates that less than 400 remain today, with most of the car’s production falling victim to tinworm as a result of improper maintenance. Offering the Amphicar tours, then, is a way of preserving some of the cars remaining, as well as introducing the quirky German creation to a new generation of fans.
(Thanks to John Chessell for the link)
Courtesy US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City via Facebook The 133-foot long wooden steamer Rising Sun became stranded just north of Pyramid Point on October 29, 1917. She went to pieces and her wreckage now rests in 6 to 12 feet of water.
(Thanks to John Chessell for the link)
It is becoming more and more common to see boats flying. Well, at least it seems as if they’re flying when their foils, usually lateral planes, lift them out of the water. This (r)evolution in watersports has now reached the top class of offshore racing boats: the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA). New construction rules of the class allow the integration of foiling technique on-board these Open 60-racers. The first Open 60 with foils, Safran skippered by Morgan Lagravière, has just been christened. No other than the Banque Populaire XIII of skipper Armel Le Cléac’h will follow soon. Both yachts have been designed by French naval architects VPLP/Verdier.
Telegraph is reporting:
A clock based on an 18th-century design has stunned experts by keeping accurate to a second after 100 days – just as its maker promised 300 years ago.
John Harrison built a clock with the intention of solving the problem of longitude at sea, but was ridiculed by his contemporaries.
The complete Telegraph post is here.
MSN is reporting:
A British-led team has set the record for the deepest salvage operation in history after recovering coins worth $65 million from the wreck of a British steamship that was sunk in 1942.
The salvage team recovered the silver coins from the SS City of Cairo, which was sunk by a German submarine in November 1942, en route from Bombay to England. The ship was carrying 100 tonnes of silver coins, which belonged to the Treasury and had been called in by London to help fund the war effort.
The complete MSN post is here.
There’s a million different knots for doing a million different things. But, these five are easy-to-learn, easy-to-tie and accomplish 99 percent of the jobs you’ll ever need a rope to do. Anyone can make these, here’s how.
Knot tying has always been one of my poorest skills. I think I actually earned the Velcro merit badge back in Boy Scouts instead. So, when it comes to using them, I need simple, easy, reliable ones that are still capable of performing real work, across a diverse array of tasks. These are the five knots I’ve learned and rely on. They get me through pretty much anything.
Marine salvage is the process of recovering a ship, its cargo, or other property after a shipwreck or other maritime casualty. Salvage may encompass towing, re-floating a sunken or grounded vessel, or patching or repairing a ship. Today, protecting the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often considered a high priority.
“Salvors” are seamen and engineers who carry out salvage to vessels that they do not own, and who are not members of the vessel’s original crew. When salving large ships, they may use cranes, floating dry docks and divers to lift and repair submerged or grounded ships, preparing them to be towed by a tugboat. The goal of the salvage may be to repair the vessel at a harbour or dry dock, or to clear a channel for navigation. Salvage operations may also aim to prevent pollution or damage to the marine environment. Additionally, the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for resale, or for scrap.
The complete Marine salvage post via Wikipedia is here.
New Zealand Herald is reporting:
Thermal imaging could be used to prevent ships striking whales by detecting the heat from their bodies.
A study led by Martin Stanley from marine research organisation Ocean Life Survey, in partnership with Ports of Auckland, has been trialing the use of thermal imaging to detect surfacing whales in the Hauraki Gulf.
Mr Stanley said the aim was to explore whether it could successfully detect a Bryde’s whale at a distance that would allow commercial vessels to avoid a strike.
The complete New Zealand Herald post is here.
(Thanks to Christine Swedell for the link)
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The RMS Titanic, the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by theWhite Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast with Thomas Andrews as her naval architect. Andrews was among those lost in the sinking. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew.