The Restoration of the Admiral

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Admiral off North Bruny Island.
(c) Michael Bird

Knowing of my love for traditional wooden boats my father-in-law recently sent me a fascinating little volume edited by Graeme Broxam about the history, recovery and restoration of Admiral, Tasmania’s (possibly Australia’s) oldest commercial boat, now returned to fully operational condition. Her career, which has spanned 149 years as a waterman’s boat, steam launch, fishing boat and yacht, sheds light not only on Australia’s maritime past, but also on the enterprise of emancipated convicts in the early days of that new nation. With kind permission of Graeme, here are some of the highlights of that story…

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Houston and Galveston open to all marine traffic

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Crowley tugs deliver Tubular Bells topside

March 28, 2014—Closely following the delivery of the Jack/St. Malo floater, Crowley has again demonstrated its petroleum industry support capabilities by providing ocean towing services for the Tubular Bells topside in the Gulf of Mexico for Saipem. Crowley has participated in each of the major installations that have taken place in the U.S. Gulf in 2013 and 2014.

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NOAA, Mystic Seaport Announce Partnership on Historic Voyage in Celebration of Whales and America’s Maritime Heritage

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Whaleship Charles W. Morgan to Visit New England Ports This Summer

 

MYSTIC, Conn. (March 25, 2014) — NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced today its partnership with Mystic Seaport to support the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. Nearly 100 years after its last whaling voyage, the Morgan will sail across the New England coast this summer to celebrate America’s maritime heritage and the whales that gather in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

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Rolex China Sea Race

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HI FI (HKG) claims 2008 Rolex China Sea Race line honours
Subic Bay, 23.03.2008 Rolex China Sea Race 2008 HI FI (HKG) HKG2112 Skipper: “Neil Pryde” IRC Racing Division A Taking Line Honours win Photo: © ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi

ASIA’S BLUEWATER CLASSIC

Rolex’s 2014 international yachting season commences in Hong Kong in mid-April with the return of the biennial Rolex China Sea Race. Running 565-nm from Hong Kong’s bustling Victoria Harbour, where traditional sampans compete for water space with modern commercial craft, it is Asia’s principal offshore competition. The race crosses the South China Sea, finishing in Subic Bay, The Philippines.

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