Breaking Stereotypes

On March 18, 2015, in Leadership, by CaptRR

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Maritime Executive is reporting:

The global maritime community is probably the most culturally diverse industry there is, yet it lags behind many other industries in the number of women in top-level positions and in the integration of women into jobs at sea. 

A recent report indicates that Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries) have the highest number of female senior managers in the maritime industry (26 percent). G7 countries follow with 18 percent.

There is a long history of gender stereotypes to overcome. Women had to fight for the right to work and be educated, and it wasn’t until 1870 that education became compulsory for girls in the U.K., for example.


The complete Maritime Executive post by Wendy Laursen is here.


Stunning Imagery

On March 18, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR

(Thanks to Christian Stark, via facebook)


Everything that is old, is new again.

On March 17, 2015, in Navigation, by CaptRR


Time is reporting:

The growing threat to the GPS system is leading the Air Force to seek what amounts to a 21st Century sextant, an updated navigation tool created in the 16th Century to help sailors chart their ocean voyages with help from the stars. The new version’s goal: “to reduce the technical risk to future weapon systems by demonstrating an integrated navigation solution that can later be tailored to a specific weapon platform.”

The complete Time post by Mark Thompson is here.


Haunted Lighthouses

On March 16, 2015, in Just for Fun, by CaptRR



Neatorama has the full post here.

#9 Tillamook Rock Lighthouse,

The tragedy of the precariously located lighthouse given the nickname of Terrible Tilly really began after it was decommissioned as a working lighthouse in 1957.

Never a good idea from the start, the lighthouse is located off the coast of Oregon, in a part of the Pacific Ocean that’s particularly nasty. It was so nasty, in fact, that the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, built in 1880, was fairly quickly deemed too dangerous and too costly to operate. Today, its only residents are the sea birds – and the dead.

The lighthouse was sold to a company called Eternity by the Sea. The idea was a decent one – for a fee, the company would guarantee a final resting place for the ashes of loved ones, by the sea that so many people love. Only, they didn’t quite hold up their end of the bargain.

The license of the company was ultimately revoked when it was found that they hadn’t kept anything near adequate records. The 30-odd urns that they did take out to the lighthouse sit on the floor, meaning that it’s not even an official columbarium. The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse isn’t just subject to the brutal weather and the pounding waves, either; vandals have broken into the lighthouse, going so far as to steal several of the urns. It took some time for the building to be even slightly repaired, but by then, a colony of sea birds had already decided that the inside of the lighthouse was at least a little more pleasant than the outside.


A new island emerges

On March 15, 2015, in Navigation, by CaptRR


The new island sits 28 miles from Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Credit: GP Orbassano

And you thought you were good to go with those old charts

(Yes…rocks do move)

Men’s Journal is reporting:

A volcanic eruption two months ago has resulted in the creation of a new island in the South Pacific. The unnamed island has cooled down and an Italian expat, GP Orbassano, living in Tonga recently visited the new land, documenting the trip.

The complete Men’s Journal post by Matt Allyn is here.


Need an amphib sub?

On March 14, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR


Gizmodo is reporting:

Do you remember doodling what your perfect car would look like when you were six years old? There’s a good chance it looked exactly like this amphibious tank-treaded ATV that Hammacher Schlemmer is now selling for the princely sum of $300,000.

The complete Gizmodo post and more pics can be found here.


The Circle of Life

On March 13, 2015, in Whales and Wildlife, by CaptRR


DailyMail has the post:

Humpback whale mother returns to her calf’s corpse in doomed bid to save it after orcas isolated the young animal and killed it

  • Photographs show a humpback whale calf being isolated and killed by orcas before its mother returns to its side
  • The mother can be seen mourning as it circles the lifeless corpse of its offspring before it was torn to shreds
  • Incredible pictures show the two killer orca whales tearing the skin off the humpback whale calf’s corpse
  • Photographer Craig McInally captured the scenes on camera after having dived with the humpbacks a day earlier

The complete DailyMail post by Corey Charlton is here.

(Thanks to Vicki Doyle for the link via facebook)



On March 13, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR


Yachting is reporting:

Donna Lange is not just a grandmother of 11—she’s a musician, songwriter, registered nurse, delivery captain, the founder of OceansWatch North America and one of the few American female sailors to circumnavigate solo. In 2007, Donna sailed around the globe and stopped twice along the way. Now she’s planning to again circumnavigate solo on her Southern Cross 28 Inspired Insanity, this time non-stop. She’ll leave Bristol, Rhode Island, in July and return in May 2016. Along the way she’ll raise funds for OceansWatch. To fund her trip, Donna is producing a CD and the book, Finding My Way in Song.

The complete Sail post by Lauren Saalmuller is here.

(Thanks to Jack Tar Magazine, via facebook for the link.)




CNN is reporting:

CNN— Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen plans to live-stream an underwater tour of a wreck off the Philippine coast that’s believed to be the remains of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship.

Allen, a philanthropist, said last week that he and his research team had discovered the wreck of the Musashi, which was once one of the two largest warships in the world. They had been searching for the ship for more than eight years.

After the discovery last week, the team shared photos and video footage of parts of the vessel. Now, they’re planning to take viewers on a real-time tour of the wreck with the unmanned submersible they used to find it at a depth of around 3,280 feet.

The live-stream is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Friday, Philippines time (9 p.m. Thursday, ET). It’s expected to show various parts of the warship, including the bow and stern sections and the conning tower. [CLICK HERE to tune into the 9 p.m. (ET) live-stream.]

Launched in 1940, the Musashi was, at the time, the largest class of warship ever constructed, displacing more than 69,000 tons. It was one of two Yamato-class battleships constructed by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

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