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Collision in Tokyo Bay
Memorial Marks the Birkenhead Tragedy
SS Shieldhall 2014 Programme Confirmed
Norman Confusion

Twelve crew members were rescued by a passing passenger vessel after a Panama-flagged general cargo ship, the Beagle III, sank in Tokyo Bay following a collision with a container ship, the Pegasus Prime, on 17th March.

The 17,224 dwt, 2009-built Beagle III, owned and operated by Taiwan’s Wisdom Marine Lines, was carrying a crew of 20, all Chinese nationals, 11 whom were rescued by the Japanese coastguard shortly after the accident.

A memorial has been unveiled in Birkenhead to the victims of one of the worst and most famous maritime disasters of the 19th Century.

The paddle troopship HMS Birkenhead, 1,400 tons, built by John Laird at Birkenhead in 1846 for the Admiralty, sank off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa, on Feb 26, 1852. The ship had been designed as a frigate and was completed as a troopship.

It was good to hear from our friends at the Solent Steam Packet Ltd recently, giving us the lowdown on the ss Shieldhall’s cruise programme for 2014.

The volunteers who work so hard to keep this “oldest active passenger cargo steamship” in Europe sailing do a wonderful job.

The ship will shortly be journeying to Dry Dock in Falmouth for hull repairs, part of a £1.4 million HLF grant project ‘Saving Shieldhall: Learning Through Conservation in Action.’

You wait years for a Visentini roro to link the UK and Spain and, wouldn’t you know it, two come along at once. Despite their similar appearance, they are competing with each other.

In December I covered the entry of LD Lines with a Poole-Santander service by the Norman Asturias, and in late January, Brittany Ferries announced they’d chartered another Norman, Norman Voyager.

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204 Spring Quilliam Lecture

From the Lookout | Thu, 17 Apr

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“John Quilliam - My life as a Submariner”, is the intriguing title of the second Spring Quilliam Lecture to ...

US Navy Joins the NASA Orion Program

Naval Focus | Wed, 16 Apr

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In scenes familiar to anyone who remembers the Apollo moon landings of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the US ...

Dr Ronald Hope CBE

From the Lookout | Wed, 16 Apr

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It was with great sadness I heard of the recent passing of Dr Ronald Hope CBE. Many seafarers may ...

Race to Halt Engine Room Flooding

Maritime Log | Wed, 16 Apr

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The Barbados-registered cargo ship Sea Breeze was on passage from Liverpool to Shoreham with a cargo of 2,750 tons ...

Tristan da Cunha – Ships and Explorers Stamp Issue

From the Lookout | Wed, 16 Apr

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Regular readers will know that the remote island Tristan da Cunha and the group of volcanic islands coming under ...

Good News from Port of Tyne

From the Lookout | Wed, 16 Apr

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In 2013 North East Business of the Year, Port of Tyne achieved its hightest cargo volumes for 50 years, ...

Academy App for Maritime Students

Maritime Log | Wed, 2 Apr

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A learning app that supports the training of maritime personnel has been developed by the Warsash Maritime Academy, part ...

Singapore Confirms Its Third Collision in Two Weeks

Asia-Pacific | Wed, 2 Apr

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A collision in the Singapore Strait early in February, became the third such incident within two weeks. The Liberia-flagged ...

Winter Storms

Coastal Commentary | Wed, 2 Apr

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The recent series of storms that battered the UK, the worst that most can remember, caused relatively little grief ...

Mystery Surrounds Disappearance Of Rv Saigon Pandaw

From the Lookout | Wed, 2 Apr

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At the time of writing, mystery and speculation surrounds the loss of the rv Saigon Pandaw in late December ...

HIOSL Takes Delivery of Damen Patrol Boat

From the Lookout | Wed, 2 Apr

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Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL), has taken delivery of a Damen FCS 3307 Patrol, to be deployed offshore ...

Damen's 40 Yards

Coastal Commentary | Wed, 26 Mar

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A press release arrives from Damen, the Dutch based increasingly international marine engineering and ship-building group which operates 40 ...

Charter Boost for Bibby Offshore

Maritime Log | Wed, 26 Mar

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Aberdeen-based Bibby Offshore has chartered the new remotely-operated vehicle support ship EDT Jane, 3,941gt, (pictured) for 180 days, starting ...

Syria: Protection Force Update

Maritime Log | Wed, 26 Mar

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A Combined NATO and Russian Navy operation will be launched to protect the US cargo ship Cape Ray as ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Wed, 26 Mar

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Bangladesh NewsAfter almost 40 years of service to the Bangledesh Navy the two Type 41 frigates BNS Abu Bakr ...

A Call to Ålesund

Cruise News | Wed, 26 Mar

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If you have ever been fortunate enough to have been on a cruise that called at Ålesund in Western ...

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The 150th Anniversary Reunion of HMS Worcester

This feature, originally published in Sea Breezes October 2012 issue, was credited incorrectly when originally published on the website. The writer was, of course, Captain Alan Bridger, a past and hopefully future contributor to the magazine. Humblest apologies to the Captain. - Online EdIn 1862 the first HMS Worcester was handed over by the Admiralty as a training ship establishment, preparing...

From Boulton to Schettino

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