Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl to Visit Norfolk

HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Thursday, November 7 - 11, 2013
Docked at Otter Berth, Downtown Norfolk

Follow the Ship


Previous blog post with info. ->

The public is invited to tour the ship starting Friday, November 8th thru Sunday, November 10th from 10am - 4pm daily. Ship tours are free and open to the public.

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy's first year officer cadets who are participating in leadership training and teambuilding during the trip. The cadets also get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks onboard. Stripped of modern communication technology, the students are forced to work together to overcome the timeless challenges and dangers of travelling the seas by sail. Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been part of the basic training program since 2002, whereby the Royal Norwegian Navy leases the ship for several months every year.
Norfolk has become a favorite port of call for the ship and her crew; this will be the 9th consecutive year that the ship has called on Norfolk as part of their sail-training schedule. The port visit is sponsored by Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. Guests are encouraged to witness Statsraad Lehmkuhl's ceremonial arrival into port, complete with song, at approximately 8am on Thursday, Nov. 7.
 Public Visitation Schedule: Friday, November 8 - Sunday. November 10 from 10am - 4pm daily. Ship tours are free and open to the public.

On Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seilskipet-Statsraad-Lehmkuhl/154921474521032

Website -> http://www.lehmkuhl.no

More photos on Flickr

More photos in my Facebook Album

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Racing to Save the Bay

The 24th Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race is on the horizon.

GCBSR Home Page

I will be posting links and updates as they become available. Click on the above link for more information.

Here are some PHOTOS from previous events.

2009 Blog Post from my "Whatever Floats Your Boat" blog.

The schooner Pride of Baltimore II arrives in Portsmouth VA after the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  06:24:58 AM 10/15/2010

Google Image Search using GCBSR as the key word.
~ Fair Winds ~

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Barque USCG C(utter) EAGLE ~ Port Call

From my "Olde Towne Photos" blog >

The Barque USCG C(utter) EAGLE makes a port call in Portsmouth VA, an Official Coast Guard City.


Photos are being edited and posted on my Facebook page.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Remember the USS Pueblo (AGR-2)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Since the USS Pueblo is in the news recently, I thought I'd share a few sites that deal with some historic events involving the ship, her capture and her brave men, some of whom I knew.

Remember the USS Pueblo (AGR-2)

The USS Pueblo (AGER-2) was captured by the North Koreans in international waters on
January 23, 1968.  The crew spent the next 11 months as prisoners and were released on
December 23, 1968.  Today, 43 years later, the Pueblo is still in the hands of the North
Koreans.  Our crew now numbering 66 from our original total of 83 the day of the capture.

Washington Post > North Korea Unveiling its Greatest Cold War Prize - Captured US Navy Ship
USS Pueblo Official Veterans Website
According to the
Naval Sea Systems Command ( NAVSEA ) based here in Portsmouth VA
The USS Pueblo is still a commissioned US Navy Ship.

NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Code 284, Bldg 705
Portsmouth, VA 23709-5000
(757) 967-3484
(757) 967-2957 (FAX)

Information Links:
Some Experiences Reported by the Crew of the USS Pueblo and American Prisoners of War from Vietnam

Millard Fillmore's Bathtub (blog by Ed Darrell)
Striving for accuracy in history, economics, geography, education, and a little science

North Korea to put captured US spy ship on display

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Navy Alarms

Just thought I'd throw this in for fun. I just stumbled upon these.


Bring back memories ?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sail Nauticus

Great new program. Check out the Website and Facebook Page. And on YouTube

Monday, April 29, 2013

Arrival of the Mexican Tall Ship ARM Cuauhtemoc

The Mexican Sail Training Ship, Armada de Republic de Mexico (BE-01) Cuauhtémoc arrived this morning in the rain. Despite the wetness, all hands were bringing their warmth with singing from the yardarms. 
¡ Bienvenidos a Norfolk, oficiales y tripulación!
Main Characteristics :

Name and numeral:ARM Cuauhtémoc BE-01.
Built in:
Celaya Shipyard, S.A., Bilbao, Spain.
July 29, 1982.
1,800 ton
Maximum Length (bowsprit included):
90.5 m
Length at the water line:
67.22 m
Maximum Beam:
12.0 m
Maximum Depth:
7.4 m
5.4 m
Auxiliary Propulsion:
One 1,125 hp engine
Main Motor generator:
Three of 260 kW.
Emergency Motor generator:
One of 37 kW.
Fuel Capacity:
220 ton
Water Capacity:
110 ton
Officer and Crew Berthing:
186 members
Midshipmen and/or Cadets Berthing:
90 members
Food Autonomy:
45 days.

The crew of the Cuauhtemoc Tall ship formulated the design of a coat of arms, which is the emblem of the ship. Such coat of arms is made up in the following way: the body of the emblem is composed of two concentric circles: the outer one resembles a rope of abaca representing the running rigging, main element of the crew in the tasks of letting out and fasting the rig. The inner circle divides in a concentric way the total circumference of the body.
The center of these circles have in their centre the silhouette of the Cuauhtémoc Tall Ship on its port side and with all the sails hoisted, sailing toward the west, propelled by the wind, situation that represents its first trip in order to join its homeland.
There are two inscriptions in the ring formed by the two circles: one in the upper part that says: “Armada de Mexico” our noble institution and by nature mother of the tall ship, and another on the lower part that says; “Buque Escuela Cuauhtemoc” (Cuauhtemoc Tall Ship), the official name of the ship. On the east side, the same ring has the figure of the God of the Wind, Ehecatl (in the Aztec mythology), who drives the ship towards the west with his breath.
On the west side, appears the sun of the vesper crepuscule; on the north side, mixed with the inscription, the sidereal asters that make possible to constantly know their position.
Finally, on the upper part of the body, the eagle of the National Flag, that reminds the origin of the tall ship and its crew.
From  Festevents   Website:
On Monday, April 29, 2013 the Mexican Navy training vessel the ARM CUAUHTEMOC is scheduled to arrive at approximately 10am in Downtown Norfolk, docking at Otter Berth next to Waterside. Making it's only US port call on Norfolk, the ARM CUAUHTEMOC returns to the Port of Hampton Roads after its participation last year at OpSail 2012 Virginia. The ship will depart on Thursday, May 2, 2013.Ship tours are free and open to the public.

 ARM CUAUHTEMOC Ship Tour Times:

  •  Monday, April 29: 3:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 30: 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Please see paragraph below for April 30th)
  •  Wednesday, May 1: 1:00pm - 7:30pm
 The crew of ARM CUAUHTEMOC will be celebrating Children's Day (el Dia del Niño) Tuesday, April 30 during the public visit hours on board by distributing candy treats to visiting children.

 In Mexico, April 30th is Children's Day, and celebrated with fun activities, gifts and special events. On this day adults are reminded of the importance of childhood and how children teach all of us how joyful and simple life can be.

The ARM CUAUHTEMOC commissioned under the Mexican Navy, sails with 55 officers, 74 cadets and 120 enlisted crew members. Launched in July 1982, the vessel is 270 ft with her homeport in Acapulco, Mexico. The CUAUHTEMOC serves Mexico as the training vessel for the Mexican Navy, a role she has fulfilled for more than twenty years. She participates in worldwide tall ship events while teaching the essential elements of seamanship and navigation, taking more than one hundred cadets to sea for each of its cruises. The program helps develop individual leadership skills and teambuilding skills while at sea.
Norfolk will be the only US port call for the ARM CUAUHTEMOC during its 2013 tour, arriving from Havana, Cuba and after calling on Norfolk, sailing to Bordeaux, France.
The first Cuauhtemoc

USS Harrison (DD-573) was sold as-is to Mexico 19 Aug 1970. She served in the Mexican Navy as BAM Cuauhtemoc (E-01), named after Cuauhtémoc (c.1502–1525), the last Aztec emperor of the Mexica. She was taken out of service in 1982.

 More photos in my Facebook Album
*Updates to follow this week.