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Coast Survey adds historical publications to online collection

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
by Melissa Volkert, Coast Survey communications associate NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has added a wide range of publications to our Historical Map and Chart Collection. The collection of publications consists of annual reports, catalogs,…

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USCG Adm. Zukunft: The Man, His Mission

Admiral Zukunft looked back on his first year as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in an interview he gave with MarineLink.com.  The interview was wide ranging and covered the challenges the U.S. Coast Guard faces over the next … Continue reading

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Developing products for “precision navigation”

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are first up by Capt. Richard Brennan, chief, Coast Survey Development Lab The increased size of vessels entering U. S. ports, coupled with the diminishing margins that…

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Fascinating Engineering Facts About the RMS Titanic

A fascinating video on the RMS Titanic and the Olympic-Class ships by Bill “Engineer Guy” Hannack.  The images and information is from the 1909 to 1911 editions of the Journal The Engineer.  The video starts with the laying of the … Continue reading

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Anchor Hitch

The Anchor Hitch is a great knot for conditions that alternate between loaded and unloaded such as an anchor rode or where the end of a line might be flapping around. The Anchor Hitch is a bit more difficult to … Continue reading

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So you want to chart an artificial reef?

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
There are literally millions of pieces of data on nautical charts. How do cartographers determine which data to put on the charts? Two Coast Survey cartographers, Paul Gionis and Lance Roddy, explained some of…

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Free 2015 Coast Guard Light List

The U.S. Coast Guard has just released the 2015 Light Lists in PDF format for all volumes except Volume V (Volume V is only published in even years).  The Light List Volumes are available as a free download or in … Continue reading

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New ACR Firefly Pro Series Rescue Strobe Light

ACR has finally came out with a worthy successor to the classic Firefly Rescue Lite ACR / 4F.  The ACR Firefly PRO Series is Brighter, flashes longer and has more functions (Strobe, Flashlight, SOS) than the 4F model.  I found … Continue reading

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