Italian Court Needs to Demonstrate a Need for Sea Ethics!

Appalling, yet not surprising for Italy’s justice system.  It took the courts two a half years to impose 16 years of prison to Captain Schettino of the  infamous Costa Concordia.  Although it may seem a lot of years, he won’t … Continue reading

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I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s–excerpt

From somewhere I heard, “Don’t be chicken! Get your suit on!” It was Patrick beckoning me, if not daring me. He’s nine, too. Why can’t I be as brave as he is? Now I felt really shy, especially since we … Continue reading

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Another Night to Remember– a Vanity Fair feature article

Vanity Fair’s feature on the Costa Concordia is a must read. In chronological order, it encompasses all parties involved: survivors, crew (esp. the captain), Italian Coast Guard and divers, the heroic mayor of Giglio, the townspeople, etc. with great detail. … Continue reading

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I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s–excerpt

Prologue — July 26, 1956 — “Don’t jump!” we heard the crewman beg from above. “Wait your turn for the rope! Everybody, wait your turn!” Is Patrick going to listen to an adult for the first time? I wondered in … Continue reading

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My comment to BBC article

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16823955 After reading your article, I’m appalled at many things: the flagrant behavior of cruise companies, flag states who refuse to comply in a timely manner to their responsibilities, Costa’s track record. As an author and world authority on the … Continue reading

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Honoring my grandparents on the 55th anniversary of the Andrea Doria- Stockholm tragedy

” Do you relive the whole experience each year on this day?” a dear friend asked me,  referring to the 55th anniversary of the collision and sinking of  Italian luxury liner,  Andrea Doria.  This is what I explained: It’s a … Continue reading

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Another shipwreck near Lampedusa

Lampedusa, 9 May (AKI) – An Adnkronos journalist who helped save the lives of around 30 children aboard a migrant boat that hit rocks off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday, has described the dramatic rescue to Adnkronos … Continue reading

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A Titanic task: Motor specialists Haynes produce a manual for the ‘unsinkable ship’

By Ray Massey 26th March 2011 Every bolt and rivet: Motor specialists Haynes have produced a manual for the Titanic If only they’d had this book when the Titanic hit the ice-berg… who knows how it might have all turned … Continue reading

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Vessels and Marine Events That Changed History

Notes on Vessels and Marine Events that changed History: ·        The Sinking of Titanic rocked the shipping world to its core.  The reaction came in the form of the International Convention For Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) and subsequent … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Giving Idea

I don’t usually promote myself on this blog, but for the holidays, I will make this exception for those who may be interested. Award Winning Publications in print and audio CD: Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue … Continue reading

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