Category: Maritime

“  Liveaboards in Hong Kong  “  …  Unknown Photographer [1975]

My Classic Boat Myfanwy 1897

New York Thirties

“  Jolie Brise  “  …  A gaff-rigged pilot cutter built in Le Havre in 1913 and still sailing. 

Happy #NationalLighthouseDay! On August 7, 1789, Congress approved an act to support lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and piers. To celebrate we wanted to share this ca. 1890 photo of the United States Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island, now the site of the National Lighthouse Museum.

The General Lighthouse Depot, occasionally referred to as the Tompkinsville Lighthouse Depot, was founded in 1862 to serve as the central supply and maintenance station for all lighthouses and lightships in the US Lighthouse Service’s 3rd District. This District naturally included the critical Port of New York. The station constructed and maintained Fresnel lenses, manufactured all kinds of lighthouse structural materials, and stored thousands of gallons of oil in its underground vaults.

Today you can visit the National Lighthouse Museum and learn about the navigational significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the world.

Image: Unknown Artist, “United States Lighthouse Depot, Staten Island” ca. 1890. Photographic print. Museum Purchase, 2001.031.0002

“  U. S. Coast Guard Barque EAGLE  “

“  Port of Hoi An  “  …  Vietnam, Circa 1800

Empire of the Seas. ¼ HD

Working Harbor: News:

27th Annual Tugboat Race

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 from 10:30am-3pm

Yangshan City Port. The world’s biggest container port opens new Silk Road …

Yangshan city port is the world’s number one container port and a crucial part of China’s Belt and Road initiative to develop a seamless logistical infrastructure for its goods across the world.
Located at the mouth of the Yangtse River outside Shanghai, Yangshan handles more containers than any of its rivals, thanks to the latest technology. RTD gets a tour of the facilities with a port operations assistant, a crane operator and a harbour pilot, and sees what’s involved in maintaining the port’s reputation.

To understand what made China’s historic Maritime Silk Road so great and why the country is so keen to revive the spirit of that era in the 21st century, RTD also takes a trip to the Maritime Silk Road Museum in Guangdong province. There, a tenth-century shipwreck, the Nanhai 1, is yielding its valuable cargo’s secrets to archaeologists. Meanwhile, social scientists explain why China believes combining technological innovation and sea trade gives it such an edge.