Although I’m no stranger to the professional maritime community, I am relatively new to the concept of blogging about my profession as a merchant mariner. Fortunately, there are a few “veteran” bloggers who have already established themselves in the community from which I have drawn great inspiration and support. I’ve compiled the following list of active maritime and nautical bloggers (including my own) that I read on a regular basis.
gCaptain is dedicated to building an interactive community of maritime professionals, a goal accomplished through social media tools that promote user interaction, discussion and the sharing of both ideas and information. By bridging the communication gap between print and the end reader gCaptain can foster ideas that improve safety and increase efficiency aboard ships globally. gCaptain’s blog is a current source of news reports and articles written by seasoned mariners, many of whom are submitting content via satellite from locations far from land; a truly unique trait that allows readers to stay consistently ahead of industry trends. Captain John Konrad is co-founder and CEO of Unofficial Networks and Editor In Chief of gCaptain.com. He is a USCG licensed Master Mariner of Unlimited Tonnage and, since graduating from SUNY Maritime College, he has sailed a variety of ships from ports around the world.
The Maritime is a blog about written by Nathan Menefee. As a LT in the U.S. Coast Guard and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the topics Nathan presents are that of his life and his work. He has an unlimited Third Mate’s license, a Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) endorsement, and a Tankerman Dangerous Liquid Person In Charge (PIC DL) endorsement. He’s sailed aboard a variety of ships from container ships, to a tanker, oiler and Coast Guard cutter. The Maritime is his dabble in attempting to consolidate and share what he finds for those who may also possess a similar thirst for adventure…stories…and news from the oceans of the world.
Kennebec Captain is a maritime blog expressing the author’s views on seamanship, navigation and maritime issues. I’ve been reading his site for a few months now and it is updated about once a week (on average) with an insightful take on one or more current maritime affairs. The author (Kennebec Captain) was born and raised in Maine near the Kennebec River. He first went to sea in 1975 as seaman on a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter. When he got out of the C.G . he sailed with NOAA until he had enough time for an unlimited third mate’s license. He obtained his license in 1985 and sailed tugs and coastwise freighters to Alaska for a couple of years and then went deep-sea on various vessels including tankers, containers ships and RO/RO. He has sailed around the world at least a dozen times and has even built a skiff. He now lives in Maine with his family. At work he is the captain of a Leader Class PCTC. which trades world wide – primarily Japan, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
Bryant’s Maritime Blog offers summaries of recent developments in the US, international, and foreign Governments. After graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy, he served 27 years active duty, retiring as a Captain in 1995. While on active duty, he made three Arctic patrols (and was seconded to the icebreaking tanker MANHATTAN during its Northwest Passage transit in 1969). After law school, he served in a variety of legal assignments, including as the agency’s Law of the Sea Officer. He supervised implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). This project involved preparation of regulations relating to double hulls for oil tankers and vessel response plans, among others. In 1995, he joined the law firm of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, specializing in the government regulation of ships. He advised clients worldwide on compliance with international, US, and state laws impacting vessel operation. He published via email to 5,000 readers worldwide the daily newsletter Maritime Items on governmental developments impacting the industry.
The Maritime Site is a blog about the merchant marine, commercial shipping, the offshore oil and gas industry, nautical science, offshore wind turbines, tidal energy, and any other topic of interest related to the professional maritime industry. The Maritime Site was founded by Captain Benjamin Dinsmore who currently sails as master on a large oil exploration vessel (drillship) operating in the US Gulf of Mexico. Captain Dinsmore is a 1999 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, former lieutenant in the United Stated Navy Reserve (honorable discharge), a USCG licensed Master Mariner of Unlimited Tonnage, and a USCG licensed Offshore Installation Manager (Unrestricted).
Hawespiper: The Longest Climb (otherwise known as “bigironbegfish”) Paul B is the man behind this website: “I spend most of my life at sea. Ships, Science, commercial fishing, marine biology and (mostly) true stories of life among the best and the worst people in the world, the United States Merchant Marines. You’ll find it here, maybe. You’ll definately find rants, raves and discussion on the process of climbing the hawsepipe into an officer’s job on a merchant ship.” Very good information, insights, and opinion here from a real merchant mariner!
NY Tug Master’s Weblog: The author of this blog (Capt. B. Brucato) has been licensed and steering since 1978, and has since acquired Master 1600 tons upon Oceans, Inland Master Any Gross Tons, First Class Pilot Any Gross Tons, Master of Towing Vessels upon Oceans, Unlimited Radar Observer, A.R.P.A., S.T.C.W. 95…..
He started in the industry as a deckhand for his father in 1973, 5 years later made captain on the same tug. Based in NY harbor for the last 35 years, Capt. Brucato’s area of operation has included all major east coast ports from Bucksport, Me. to Norfolk, Va. Including Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay and he presently serves as Master of the A.T.B. Nicole L. Reinauer for Reinauer Transportation Co. in NY. He has deep concern for the future of the maritime industry and works toward making it better for the guys doing the job.
Deepwater Writing: This anonymously authored maritime blog is by a professional mariner sailing on the high seas. The author shares his thoughts on life both on board ship and on dry land, as well as sharing his reflections on the entire maritime industry. The blog has many great articles discussing foreign ports of call, vessel operations, shipping rules and regulations, and other topics of interest. Check it out!
Puget Sound Maritime: The Puget Sound Maritime Society’s mission is to create appreciation of the Puget Sound region’s maritime past in order to better understand the present. To that end, the Society maintains in Seattle a collection of ship models and other maritime artifacts, as well as historic photos, ship’s plans, and books. The society also sponsors junior outreach programs including the Youth Maritime Training Association. The organization also publishes a quarterly journal of maritime history, The Sea Chest.
Do you know of a nautical or maritime blog not listed above that you feel should be? You can suggest the site in the comment box below or send me an email.