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FALL FROM ALOFT
For the second time this year comes news in the NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder of a fall from aloft resulting in a tragic death. Earlier this year we reported on the death of a young English cadet from a sail training vessel. This weekend a former U.S. Navy officer Mr. Gregory Vance Gushaw a volunteer in the museum ship Star of India slipped from a rope ladder, stuck his head and was pulled unconscious from the water. He was pronounced dead some 40 minutes after he fell from a yard on the 140 foot foremast. The SV Star of India belongs to San Diego's Maritime Museum and Mr Gushaw was some 50 feet aloft training fellow crew members. It is reported he was wearing a safety harness and was familiar with the training exercise. At this time it is unclear if the safety harness was attached or failed, it is also possible that Mr. Gushaw suffered a medical episode before falling. Mr. Gushaw was a longtime volunteer, tour guide and member of the museum's board of trustees.
The SV Star of India is the world's oldest ship that still sails regularly. NAUTICAL LOG expresses sympathy to Mr. Gushaw's family, and his shipboard seafaring family.
It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one. Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post
At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth. One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.
Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.
In recent years there has been a steady decline in the professionalism, accuracy and quality of the various Media outlets and the social media. In the rush to get there first with a story the shoddy Media - lets call it the really shoddy social media - have resorted to making up stories. When growing up in the late 30's and 40's this was called lying and got one punished in our house.
Fake news includes inaccurate and unsupported stories all of which in the last year have been published without correction or apology. Now it seems this attitude has spread to the maritime blogs. One blog which was generally pretty good about its posts has slipped in accuracy lately including quoting from European tabloids. A recent post was about H.M.S. Vengeance and its missile launches off the coast of Florida part of its programme to Certify boat and crew The story was an ill advised, inaccurate choice in subject matter as to what happened and how the incident was reported to a Foreign N…
NAUTICAL LOG has published Posts about this tragic ship sinking since the very first report of her loss. Today the NTSB has released her VDR data in particular the Navigation Bridge voice recorder - it is not good. This Post is compiled from multiple Media sources.
On October 01, 2015 the SS El Faro a freighter sank with all hands, 33 crewmembers lost their lives and no bodies were ever recovered though one was sighted by the USCG in a survival suit but not picked-up. By an extraordinary search, resumed at the insistence of a U.S. Senator from the State of Florida, the VDR was found and now after months of investigation some results have been released.
The ship left Jacksonville, Fl. bound for San Juan, PR and sailed directly into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane named Joaquin. Why the ship was where it was in the first place is a question yet to be fully answered but it seems that the Master was more focused on fuel consumption than plotting the path of the hurricane Joaquin an…