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Researchers identify 17th century shipwreck off Maryland

Working and pleasure boats have plied Maryland’s waters for centuries and untold numbers of wrecked or abandoned ships are hidden in the state’s rivers and bays. One suspected underwater site that initially was mapped in 1994 was re-examined this summer by Scott Tucker, an archaeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Southampton in the…more

Somali pirates protect illegal fishing ships off Africa

Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates are turning to a new business model: providing “security” for ships illegally plundering Somalia’s fish stocks — the same scourge that launched the Horn of Africa’s piracy era eight years ago. Somali piracy was recently a fearsome trend that saw dozens of ships and hundreds…more

Thailand show signs five-year site deal with marina

The Phuket International Boat Show in Thailand secured its home for the future with the signing of a five-year host venue agreement with Royal Phuket Marina, an award-winning five-star marina on Phuket’s east coast. Having recently announced that the dates for the 2014 show were moved to the popular Jan. 9-12 time frame, organizers are…more

America’s Cup will be ‘Jeopardy!’ category tonight

Tonight’s episode of “Jeopardy!” will include a special category on the America’s Cup, with the internationally distributed quiz show’s Kelly Miyahara and Jimmy McGuire presenting video clues about the Cup that were shot on the waters of San Francisco Bay, the venue for the 2013 Cup regatta. “Jeopardy!” is the winner of a 2011 Peabody…more

African-American syndicate seeks America’s Cup injunction

Given new life by a June appellate court ruling, an African-American sailing syndicate has asked for an injunction to stop America’s Cup racing until the court rules on its complaint that the Golden Gate Yacht Club did not act in good faith in denying the syndicate’s application to race against Oracle Team USA for the…more

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Ferretti plans delivery of 112-footer in Thailand

The first Ferretti Custom Line 112-foot Next built for Thailand’s market will go ashore in that country — a “key market for the entire Ferretti Group” — later this summer, the company announced. Ferretti said the maxi-yacht will be delivered to the customer at the end of July. “It is an absolute debut in such…more

Biggest superyacht? It’s the 590-foot Azzam … for now

When it comes to boat envy, billionaires are in a different realm as they vie to own the largest superyacht  in the world. The launch of the 590-foot Azzam — and its mystery owner — have bumped Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse, at a mere 533 feet, from the top perch. Prior to Eclipse, the…more

Great Britain takes steps to prevent GPS jamming

The United Kingdom’s pursuit of technology to counter the threat of GPS jamming recently reached a significant milestone with the announcement that seven differential eLoran stations will be installed along the southern and eastern coasts. Pending approval by the Department for Transport, the stations will provide alternative position, navigation and timing information to ensure that…more

Crew uncovers treasure in shipwreck off Florida

A treasure hunter has found 300-year-old gold coins valued at a quarter of a million dollars in a shipwreck off Treasure Coast in Florida. Capt. Greg Bounds says treasure hunting on the Capitana is the hardest job he’s ever had, but on days like Saturday they’re also the most rewarding, according to a local NBC…more

Somali hostages reported alive after boat sinking

At least three and perhaps all of the 15-man crew of a merchant vessel that sank last week while being held by Somali pirates are alive, according to their families. The Malaysian-flagged MV Albedo container ship, seized by Somali pirates in November 2010, sank last week in rough seas a short distance offshore from the…more

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