Caption needed

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



Viking Funeral

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


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.



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.


US Navy Swarm Boats

On October 10, 2014, in Defense, by CaptRR


Maritime Executive is reporting:

As autonomy and unmanned systems grow in importance for naval operations, officials at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile…

The complete Maritime Executive post is here.


Fess Up or Else

On October 8, 2014, in Coast Guard, Uncategorized, by CaptRR


National Maritime Center

Providing Credentials to Mariners

Merchant Mariner Credentialing: Trend in Failure to Disclose Convictions
The National Maritime Center (NMC) has recently noted an increase in the number of applications submitted for Merchant Mariner Credentials in which applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions in Section III of the CG-719B application form. As required by 46 Code of Federal Regulations 10.211 (a): “At the time of application, each applicant must provide written disclosure of all prior convictions not previously disclosed to the Coast Guard on an application.”

If an applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by a court to attend classes, make contributions of time or money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forgo appeal of a trial court’s conviction, then the Coast Guard will consider the applicant to have received a conviction. Further, an applicant’s signature in Section III of the CG-719B application form acknowledges the potential consequences of false statements. All applicants are encouraged to be completely forthcoming in their disclosure of convictions, including those items expunged or purged. When in doubt, list it.

An updated version of the CG-719B application form is making its way through the approval process and will highlight this area of the application, including more complete instructions, in order to prevent omissions that may result in denials.

If you have questions, please contact the NMC at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or

/J. P. Novotny/
Jeffrey P. Novotny Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer


Bringing new meaning to living in a bubble

On October 8, 2014, in Incidents, by CaptRR

Yahoo News is reporting:

An Iranian exile has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after a failed attempt to float 1,033 miles from Florida to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble. Reza Baluchi was picked up about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine suffering from fatigue and disorientation. The Coast Guard had warned Baluchi on Wednesday of the dangers he faced making the proposed trip and suggested he give up. He refused, but activated his locator beacon yesterday when he became exhausted.

The complete Yahoo News post is here.


Acoustic recorders have been set at three locations in Haro Strait, and will be in place until further notice. Mariners are advised to avoid dragging or deploying gear near these locations. The recorders are at the following positions:
A.) 48-30-51.73N 123-09-00.36W, 6 feet above the bottom
B.) 48-30-27.63N 123-11-54.35W, 50 meters below the surface
C.) 48-30-26.72N 123-11-50.69W, 40 meters above the bottom Chart 18433

LNM: 23/13



Archaeology is reporting:

AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Two new studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shed light on how Polynesian seafarers colonized the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Lead author Dilys Amanda Johns of the University of Auckland described a 600-year-old canoe discovered in 2012 near the Anaweka River on New Zealand’s South Island. The nearly 20-foot long section of a vessel estimated to have been 45 feet long was constructed with wood from trees native to New Zealand, but in a manner similar to a canoe of the same age that was discovered in the Society Islands. There is also a turtle carved in relief on the hull just above the water line, which is a common motif among the Polynesians, but are rare in art from New Zealand.

The complete Archaeology post is HERE.

(Thanks to Brad Brickley via facebook for the link

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