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Monday, October 31, 2011

Maritime News-October

Divers examine HMS Sirius
Recording the HMS Sirius. Photo by Western Australian Museum
HMS Sirius added to World Heritage list

Wreck discovered from a Mongol invasion fleet from 1281 CE, ships knows as "Kamikaze"

Another cannon recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge  (kuddos to NCDCR for keeping this project alive during tough economic times). This season marks a new collaboration between the ECU Maritime Studies Program and NCDCR with several students becoming involved in excavation and conservation of the QAR (following in the footsteps of LK Schnitzer, ECU Maritime Studies Student, who has been an intern on the QAR project since August 2010). Nice commentary and guiding of the cannon, Josh Marano! Students also found artifacts during dredging (way to go Laurel Seaborn and Rob Minford!).

RMS Lusitania artifacts undergoing study: preliminary assesment by Dr. Ian Panter

Commencing Maritime Archaeology in the Gulf of Oman

"Maritime Memories" exhibit on display at the Lyme Regis Museum (United Kingdom) includes two lerret boats

Picton Maritime and Heritage Museum (New Zealand) plans to add a wing for Maritime Whaling Heritage

Grants awarded to Mystic Seaport

Maritime Museum in Vittiriosa, Malta gives students a "Culture Card"

National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam opens after renovation


Treatment of Shipwrecks: Several old ethical debates summarized (treasure hunting vs. maritime archaeologists, in situ vs. recovery)

Maritime border dispute between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait

Cherry Point, Washington shipping terminal preparing to export large amounts of coal, problems due to illegal logging


Qingdao leads the nation in marine developments

Qingdao, China becoming a leading industrial port in the world, a center for marine research

Seattle Viaduct (dubbed Viadoom during construction) reopened

Continental Maritime of San Diego recognized for shipyard safety

Acre, Israel: Making Port-Town Archaeology Accessible to Public

Hundreds visit Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey

Dr. Kathryn Bard presents on Punt: An Egyptian Harbor


Artwork of Deryck Foster features Bermuda Maritime Heritage

"Search for Jefferson Davis" shown at Orlando Film Festival on October 23, 2011, re: a Civil War Shipwreck discovered near St. Augustine, Florida

Songs Sung by Maritime Historian

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flooding in Southeast Asia

Image: An aerial view of a flooded temple at Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Throughout August, September and October, heavy rains have pounded Southeast Asia. The resulting floods covered two-thirds of Thailand and over 100 temples were inundated (news link). This includes several World Heritage sites that are now underwater sites.

October 7, 2011

I was going to wait a couple of weeks for the water to go down and and then post about the problems of conserving these sites, but it has become apparent that water levels are rising and flooding continues. It has been two and a half weeks and now I just want to raise awareness of what's happening to these people as their homes and their land are still being flooded. Today, people are fleeing Bangkok as the flood barriers are no longer holding (news link). The Thai people are used to flooding but this year is the worst in 50 years and conditions may continue to deteriorate as water creeps us the land.

October 25, 2011

People are making boats out of anything that floats. People are swimming. Some aren't making it. There have been over 800 deaths since July and many of these were kids (news link). This slow flooding isn't receiving the same attention as other natural disasters, although the numbers of causalities is comparable. Thailand has refused offers of assistance and seem to want to handle the flooding autonomously (news link).

The business world has many concerns about production and the economic affects of the flooding, some are even offering assistance to various enterprises. Meanwhile, local government officials offer assurance that the airports will continue to operate, just as they promised that the flood barriers would protect Bangkok. It may take weeks for the water to recede and months to recover from the flooding.

To end on a lighthearted note, at least the dogs are safe :)

Image: Dogs evacuated in inner tube

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Red Bull Flugtag Tampa 2011 - Maritime, um, Culture

I attended Red Bull Flugtag yesterday and it was crazy fun!!! It took place at the Tampa Convention Center. People packed onto the Tampa Convention Center steps and boats packed the water. The crowds were intense at the beginning, but more and more people made their way inside to watch in the comfort of A/C and the big screen.

The whole concept is to create something that can fly but the results are almost always something that can fall. Really well. The crashing is, without question, the best part. Participants literally run and push their contraption off the Red Bull ramp into a body of water. Yesterday, the body of water was Tampa Bay and the crashing was spectacular! Maritime Culture? Perhaps not so cultured but SO entertaining!

My favorite team was The Second Basemen, who created a large pink flying bra. Teammates wore pink bras over their life jackets. The bra was propelled to the edge and then take-off! Vertically. Down. The pilot abandoned bra and sprung forward in a beautiful half jackknife dive (graceful, but didn't straighten out). His teammates made the leap as well and bras were flying through the air!

The Second Baseman Flying Bra! 

A few of the vessels actually took flight for a whopping ten yards, but a lot didn't make it that far. All of them made it off the platform (with and without mishap). About half of them stayed up right during flight/fall and a lot of them did spectacular spins and falls. Mario Brothers mushroom vessel spun like a top before hitting the water!

Mario Brothers

Overall, I would say that Red Bull Flugtag was . . . inspiring! But not in the good way. More in the Jackass movie way. The "wouldn't this be the best idea ever? We would totally win!" comments were a dime a dozen. Some ideas were pretty unique-hopefully they remember them when they're sober ;)

Gods of Rock

Harry Potter Flight of the Dementors

Oktoberfest Flying Stein

College Hunks Hauling Junk (pretty predictable pre-flight chatter)

I shot video of two or three that I thought would actually fly. And . . .  not so much :)
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