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Coast Survey’s little known role in the case of the Amistad

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Coast Survey Brig Washington Lt. Thomas R. Gedney, a U.S. Navy officer commanding the U.S. Coast Survey Brig Washington on August 20, 1839, was surveying the area between New York’s Montauk Point and Gardiner’s…

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New Feet for the Knot Boards

These low-cost simple Do It Yourself feet make class aides like Knot Boards or other displays stand up for students in class or at public events. A standup display is easier for students to use and for those passing by … Continue reading

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NOAA Ship Rainier surveying the waters off Washington

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
A NOAA ship plying the waters off the coast often inspires public curiosity. This is especially true when boaters and others see the ship or her launches just go back and forth, back and forth,…

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DIY – Historical NOAA Charts & Maps Place-mats

NOAA has made it easy for you to make Place-mats for gifts to friends. You can download Historical Charts, maps and current Nautical Charts and for no charge from NOAA.  The charts and maps can easily be cropped to place-mat … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light – Testing the Streamlight Siege LED Lantern

I have used the Streamlight Siege LED Lantern for several months and have been quite impressed by it. For boaters, the Lantern floats, has multiple light levels, should survive a 2 meter (6 foot) drop), has a nice handle to … Continue reading

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26th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival

What does a Lutefisk Eating Contest, Japanese Drummers, International Guild Of Knot Tyers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Wooden Boat Building and more seafood than most people can dream of have in common?? The Fall Fisherman’s Festival celebrating the return of … Continue reading

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The Untold 9/11 Boat Lift Story

Originally posted on Boating Safety Tips, Tricks & Thoughts from Captnmike:
Evacuation of 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan on 9/11 by boat Following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, a problem faced by many New Yorkers was…

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2014 – Special Notice To Mariners

The Special Notice To Mariners is an annual safety publication for all Mariners, published as a 116 page PDF document by the Coast Guard District 13.  D-13 has included information from many sources in one handy place. The Special Notice … Continue reading

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