Posts Tagged: boats
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The Journalist and the Junta

I met Aye Aye Win a little while ago aboard the Karaweik, a two-story barge on Kandawgyi Lake in the middle of Yangon, Myanmar. The barge, like the lake, is artificial: It’s actually a building made out of concrete and stucco, sunk into shallow waters. Inside was a buffet restaurant with a stage, and on it, extravagantly costumed dancers. I hadn’t been sitting at the banquet table for long when a woman with a kind face and elegant cheekbones asked, softly, if the seat next to me was occupied.

Then she told me some of her life story, beginning with her father’s name.

My father’s name [...]

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Maybe The Ice Wouldn't Be Melting So Fast If Lance Didn't Go Around Smashing It Up So Much

"It is a greater change than we could even imagine 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. And it has taken us by surprise and we must adjust our understanding of the system and we must adjust our science and we must adjust our feelings for the nature around us." —The urgency apparent in Norwegian Polar Institute's Dr. Kim Holman's assessment of recent data about the melting arctic ice cap is truly terrifying. But the fact that the Institute named its icebreaker ship "Lance" makes me smile.

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This Is Why I Don't Get On Boats Unless I Have To

(via, via)

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Letters From The Gulf, Parts 5, 6 & 7: "A Smudge Cloud Of Smoke"

Dan Horton, a friend and former colleague, works on tugboats out of the New York Harbor for a living. Two weeks ago, he flew down to Louisiana to take a job on a barge unloading crude oil from the skimmer boats that clean the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Crew are only allowed to send and receive one email a day; his girlfriend, Lori, passes along his daily email to friends and family. With their permission, we're passing them along to you. -Dave Bry

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Japanese Whaling Ship Crushes Super-Action Activist Boat

Holy shit! A Japanese whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, totally totaled the Ady Gil, a space-age water craft used by anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd, in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. "The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim," Sea Shepherd said in a statement this morning, though nearby nearby boats rescued all six crew members.

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Even The Font Usage On The Crowd-Sourced Artisanal Hipster Trading Boat Will Annoy You

Oh boy:

It’s everything that may annoy you about the new Brooklyn.

A barge from Vermont.

A crowd-sourced barge from Vermont.

Arriving in Brooklyn with produce and artisanal goods.

The goal of the Vermont Freight Sail Project is to establish “a zero-emissions food trading network that builds community.” The barge plans to leave with cocoa beans and locally roasted coffee.

They're heeeeeeeere.

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Things to Buy at the Monaco Boat Show

We are a little obsessed with yachts, simply because they are floating piles of burning f-you money, the most astounding sort of consumption. When "Eclipse" was completed in 2009, everyone said, "wow, that's a big boat!" But then earlier this year, we noted that two even bigger boats were being built in Germany (including "Topaz" and another) and, oh no! Now it's time for the Monaco Yacht Show. MORE BIG BOATS. Get ready, the Times reports: "Sales of superyachts correlate directly with the rising number of billionaires in the world." Who would have thunk? Still, turns out they took a hit in the first dip of [...]

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Letters From The Gulf, The Last Chapter: The Weather-Bound Boats

Dan Horton, a friend and former colleague, works on tugboats out of the New York Harbor for a living. Two weeks ago, he flew down to Louisiana to take a job on a barge unloading crude oil from the skimmer boats that clean the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Crew are only allowed to send and receive one email a day; his girlfriend, Lori, passes along his daily email to friends and family. With their permission, we're passing them along to you. -Dave Bry

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Letters From The Gulf, Parts 3 And 4: 'Haven't 
Seen Anything Alive in the Water Yet'

Dan Horton, a friend and former colleague of mine, works on tugboats out of the New York Harbor for a living. Two weeks ago, he flew down to Louisiana to take a job on a barge unloading crude oil from the skimmer boats that clean the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. There's limited computer access on board; crew are only allowed to send and receive one email a day. Dan has been sending letters home to his girlfriend, Lori, who has been passing them along to friends and family, and now, with their permission, I'll pass them along to you. -Dave Bry

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Boat Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

"Even at the start of the 5 p.m. rush hour, the commuters getting off and on could be counted on one hand." The East River Ferry: come on, ride it. Or there WON'T BE ONE. [via]

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Maritime Disasters Fade Into The Past

Audrey Lawson-Johnston, the last survivor of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, has died at the age of 95. When I was a boy (sorry) we learned about the great watercraft calamities as part of our education in history. I can still reel off some of the names (the Lusitania, the Maine, the Andrea Doria, the Titanic, etc.). I suspect that in the future all that people will remember is the boat crash that killed Leo where the old lady dropped it in the ocean at the end. Flight numbers are our new sunken ships. It's progress, I guess.

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Letters From The Gulf, Parts 10 & 11: Waiting Out Tropical Storm Alex

Dan Horton, a friend and former colleague, works on tugboats out of the New York Harbor for a living. Two weeks ago, he flew down to Louisiana to take a job on a barge unloading crude oil from the skimmer boats that clean the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Crew are only allowed to send and receive one email a day; his girlfriend, Lori, passes along his daily email to friends and family. With their permission, we're passing them along to you. -Dave Bry

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Letters from the Gulf, Parts 1 And 2: "Four Miles off 'Ground Zero'"

Dan Horton, a friend and former colleague of mine, works on tugboats out of the New York Harbor for a living. Two weeks ago, he flew down to Louisiana to take a job on a barge unloading crude oil from the skimmer boats that clean the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. There's limited computer access on board; crew are only allowed to send and receive one email a day. Dan has been sending letters home to his girlfriend, Lori, who has been passing them along to friends and family, and now, with their permission, I'll pass them along to you. -Dave Bry