On a sweltering July Sunday, the Charles W. Morgan, the last American whaling ship and America’s oldest commercial vessel afloat, slid down the ways and into the water at the Mystic Seaport, to the sounds of cannon fire and cheers from spectators—172 years after she first splashed. During five years and costing nearly $7 million dollars, her restoration saw shipwrights use original construction methods to repair the ship’s hull.
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 22, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
My client and eventual friend Jim purchased a new Grand Banks 36 from me in the late ’90s. He’d planned his entry into the boating lifestyle for years. He’d joined boating clubs and organizations. He’d read all the coastal boating publications. He’d gone to boat shows. He’d lived his entire life in a landlocked state so he felt it was in his best interest to be loaded with as much coastal cruising knowledge as he could take onboard.
Call Brody, Quint, and Hooper and start up the Orca’s engine—the great white sharks are back.
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 15, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 10, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I’ve seen the same reaction hundreds of times over the years—sad, empathetic eyes, followed by a conciliatory pat or two on my shoulder. You would think that I’d told the deliverer of said look that I just ran over my dog.
What prompts this pitiful gaze? Well it’s certainly not a tragic event. Nope, it’s the trigger response that undoubtedly follows when I inform the inquisitor that I’m an editor of a magazine.