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European discovery of Florida

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 2, 2013

On 2 April 1513 (500 years ago, for those who have lost count), a fleet of three Spanish ships commanded by Juan Ponce de León sighted land west of the Bahamas. He believed it to be another island and named it La Florida (the Flowery Isles) in recognition of its verdant landscape.

Right whales

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2012

There are three species of right whales (four if you include the bowhead whale). These are the North Atlantic right whale, the North Pacific right whale, and the Southern right whale. They acquired the name “right” from whalers, because these whales are commonly found near land and because…

Delta Mariner

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 31, 2012

The M/V Delta Mariner was recently involved in a bridge allision on the Tennessee River near Cadiz, Kentucky. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation and it is premature to speculate as to the cause.