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Transportation Modes Ground (Cycle, Automobile, Train), Sea, Air, Space


  • Belize Blues (3/1/2019) - Given the weather in Boston, it’s no shocker that a story about Belize caught my eye. It was about Belize’s Great Blue Hole, and more specifically, about a mission to explore it that took place late last year. The mission got a lot of attention at the time because the crew included Richard Branson and … Continue reading Belize Blues
  • Gone Beaching! (7/4/2019) - It’s high summer here in North America, and it’s also the time for “official” national holidays, so a lot of people are hanging up their proverbial gone fishing signs. However, I tend to be more the type to hang up a gone beaching sign. Since I live in the Boston area, and I’m also a … Continue reading Gone Beaching!
  • Great Eyes o’ the Sea (6/28/2019) - The news is full of stories about how a giant squid was filmed in U.S. waters for the first time. Here’s a slightly enhanced version of the clip that has caused all of the commotion and a link to the companion article by ABC7 that published this clip. Wondrous 10-foot giant squid spotted deep in … Continue reading Great Eyes o’ the Sea
  • Island Escapes (1/3/2018) - One of the more entertaining stories to hit the net over the New Year’s weekend was a tale of some hearty Kiwis who successfully got away from a local alcohol ban by building their own island in nearby international waters. New Zealanders build island in bid to avoid alcohol ban (BBC News) To Avoid New … Continue reading Island Escapes
  • Jellyfish Therapy (1/24/2019) - Feeling stressed out and need to relax? How about a nice swim in a swarm of jellyfish? What, that’s not a remedy for stress, you say! You mean by using imaginative thinking, right? Well, no, I do mean it literally. There’s an actual place called Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk island in Palau where you … Continue reading Jellyfish Therapy
  • Niagara’s Dare (11/8/2019) - Last week, on Halloween night, the semi-famous Niagara Scow threatened to join the long list of things that have gone over Niagara Falls. Many media outlets picked the story up, so you may have heard it too. Here’s a segment from NBC Nightly News. When I heard the story, it struck me that people who’ve … Continue reading Niagara’s Dare
  • Strange Stays (8/30/2019) - I concluded my last post about Sand Art with highlighting how offered the chance to stay in a sandcastle as a promotion for Coney Island’s Sand Sculpting Competition. Here’s a link with more on that unusual “opportunity.” Giant Coney Island sandcastle offers sleepovers (Summer Delaney, WPIX) That may have sounded like a one-off type … Continue reading Strange Stays
  • Tall Ships (6/17/2017) - Over 50 Tall Ships are in Boston as part of the festivities related to the Rendez‑Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a transatlantic race to six countries taking place over the course of five months. The race started at Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13 and will finish in Le Havre, France between August … Continue reading Tall Ships
  • Under the Ice (6/14/2019) - To paraphrase J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous words in The Lord of the Rings, “It’s a dangerous business, clicking on a link. You glance at a story, and if you don’t watch out, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” This week I innocently clicked on a link to this story from the American … Continue reading Under the Ice
  • Yellow Submarines (6/21/2019) - My last post was about an adventure with seals doing science in Antarctica. This adventure begins where that one left off, but this is a very different, and fun excursion that happened because Boaty McBoatface surfaced in my news feed. In case you never heard of him, Boaty’s a submarine that got his name via … Continue reading Yellow Submarines


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Maritime Center (Martindale’s Reference Desk)
Nautical Portal (Wikipedia)


nautical : of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships — Webster

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary

sailing : the technical skill of managing a boat — Webster

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Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water (sailing ship, sailboat, windsurfer, or kitesurfer), on ice (iceboat) or on land (land yacht) over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation.

A course defined with respect to the true wind direction is called a point of sail.

Conventional sailing craft cannot derive power from sails on a point of sail that is too close into the wind. On a given point of sail, the sailor adjusts the alignment of each sail with respect to the apparent wind direction (as perceived on the craft) to mobilize the power of the wind. The forces transmitted via the sails are resisted by forces from the hull, keel, and rudder of a sailing craft, by forces from skate runners of an iceboat, or by forces from wheels of a land sailing craft to allow steering the course. — Wikipedia



Kylander’s Sailing Manual
The Basics of Sailing (Hobie)
Sailing (Discover a Hobby)


WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo



Maritime History Reference Resources (Library of Congress)
History of Maritime Transport (Wikipedia)


Simith’s Master Index to Maritime Museums


Maritime Digital Archive (Ibiblio)


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library




OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



American Boating Association


Top 10 Boating Magazines (All You Can Read)
Boats (
Sailing World
Boating Magazine




Maritime Law Guide (WWW VL)





The Queen Mary Hotel (Long Beach, California)


OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form


Song Lyrics



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  • Take a Seat
    by Dave Reed on January 16, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    A narrative from Newport YC's Frostbite Fleet in the 2020 season, focusing on boatspeed and boat trim through using weight.

  • Ineos Team UK Rule the Day
    by Dave Reed on January 15, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    A recap of Race Day 1 of the Prada Cup Round Robin 1, in which Ineos Team UK won two races to take the lead in the series.

  • Ineos Team UK Checks Back in With Prada Cup...
    by Dave Reed on January 14, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Having updated everything but the kitchen sink, the British America’s Cup Challenger starts the Prada Cup challenger selection series with a vastly upgraded platform.

  • The Role of the Modern America’s Cup Weatherman
    by Peter Isler on January 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Peter Isler explores the role of the modern America's Cup weather team, from equipment design and construction to daily race strategy.

  • Around the Sailing World, Episode 27
    by Dave Reed on January 12, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    US Sailing Team gets us up to speed on the new West Marine US Open Sailing Series. Plus, a look at Emirates Team New Zealand's epic battle at the front of the Vendée Globe.

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  • On Board With: Kilea-Ann Kleckner
    by Charles Plueddeman on January 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Kilea-Ann Kleckner may be just a teen, but she runs fast boats like a pro. Learn more about this interesting female boater.

  • 2021 Scout 330 LXF
    by Jim Hendricks on January 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Scout Boat's 330 LXF is a luxury center console, sporting high-tech construction and top-line finish. Learn what the editors of Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, discovered during a sea trial.

  • Five Years of Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive
    by Kevin Falvey on January 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    For five years Volvo Penta's Forward Drive system has made its way onto more than 50 models of boats. It's turned out to be a versatile drive that fulfills the watersports needs of many boaters.

  • 2021 Charger 198 Elite
    by John Tiger on January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Charger's 198 Elite runs on a record-setting hull and boats fabulous bass fishing features. Learn what the editors at Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, thought about this boat.

  • 2021 Super Air Nautique GS22 E
    by Garrett Cortese on January 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    An electric-powered watersports boat, this Nautique boasts technology that rivals that found aboard any class of boat. Learn what the editors of Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, say.