Plastiki arrives in Sydney
The Plastiki, a boat made of bottles that set sail from San Francisco in March arrived with its crew of six (Skipper Jo Royle, Co-Skipper David Thomson, Expedition leader David de Rothschild, Olav Heyerdahl, Graham Hill, Luca Babini, Matthew Grey, Max Jourdan, Singeli Agnew and Vern Moen) safely in Sydney. The mission if their expedition is to highlight solutions to protect our oceans and beat waste. Plastiki estimated that 8.7 billion plastic bottles had been used in the United States since it left San Francisco.
The worst weather of the journey hit as the boat skirted the Australian coast, when a sudden storm with 70-mile-per-hour winds churned up 30-foot waves, putting such pressure on the mast that the crew feared it might snap.
Even though it is essentially made from trash, it is most definitely a high tech vessel. It obtains 68 per cent of its buoyancy from the post consumer plastic bottles strapped to a recycled plastic hull. The glue that holds it together is a newly-developed organic glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane. The mast is a reclaimed aluminium irrigation pipe, and the sail is hand-made from recycled PET cloth. Relying primarily on renewable energy systems including solar panels, wind and trailing propeller turbines, and bicycle generators, the Plastiki even has a urine-to-water recovery and rainwater catchment system fitted to a hydroponic garden.
The skipper, Jo Royle, was the only woman on board. “Onboard Plastiki I was thinking about the role of adventure travel these days, now that there's nowhere left to discover and I decided that it's more important than ever before. We need adventurers, inspirational people like Jessica Watson and other sailors, to revive that spirit of discovery and to highlight the issues facing our Earth. Projects like our boat bring a range of amazing people together, scientists, the media and the public to shed light on.”
Teen Sailor Rescued
16 year old Abby Sunderland from Thousand Oaks, California, has been rescued from her damaged vessel “Wild Eyes” 2000 nautical miles off western Australia by the crew of the French fishing ship the “Ile De La Reunion”. The teenager the teen had been attempting to sail around the world solo. She was found to be well and alive however the mast on her boat, "Wild Eyes", had broken. Her parents have received some criticism for allowing Sunderland to sail around the world. Her father defended the parents’ decision to let her go by saying it’s also dangerous to allow teenagers to drive, noting if we followed the always 100 percent safe logic, kids wouldn’t be allowed to drive or do much of anything else..
Pink Lady Sails Unassisted Around the World
On May 15, 2010, 16 year old Jessica Watson from Queensland, Australia crossed the finish line in Sydney Harbor after sailing unassisted around the world. She arrived just 3 days before her 17th birthday on her yacht named Ella’s Pink Lady. Her 201 day long journey took her eastbound over the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. While she is to date certainly the youngest person to sail non-stop, solo and unassisted around the world, her record will not be recognized by the World Speed Sailing Record Council as a world record for two reasons. Firstly, the council claims that Watson did not sail far enough north to accumulate sufficient miles. Watson’s reply: "If I haven't been sailing around, then it beats me what I've been doing out here all this time!" Secondly, the council does not consider contestants of less than 18 years of age for records, which for obvious reasons is a very good thing. Her journey stands on its own as an inspiring testament what focus, training and determination can accomplish regardless of age. Congratulations ! Photo: Dean Sewell
Wreck of HMS
A British warship that sank in Lake Ontario 228 years ago during the War of Independence has been found almost intact by Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville. The ship was a few hours into a voyage from Fort Niagara on Oct. 31, 1780, when it foundered in a sudden, violent storm. There were no survivors. HMS Ontario lies in an area where the water reaches depths of more than 150 metres and there's no visible light. The team found the ship with a sonar scanner and confirmed its identity bya remote-controlled submersible.
Odyssey Marine Exploration, a publicly traded treasure hunting company, announced to have found what could be the richest sunken treasure ever discovered: hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated $500 million from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.
Company co-founder Greg Stemm said a formal announcement will come later, but court records indicate the coins might have come from the wreck of a 17th century merchant ship found off southwestern England.
So far, the richest-ever shipwreck haul was yielded by the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. Treasure-hunting pioneer Mel Fisher found it in 1985, retrieving a reported $400 million in coins and other loot.
to the Center of the Earth
A team of British scientists under geophysicist and lead researcher Prof. Roger Searle of Durham University is en route on the inaugural research cruise of the new UK research ship RRS James Cook from the Canary Islands to a location 11,000 ft underwater in the middle of the Atlantic. Here, scientists have previously found a large area hundreds of square miles in the middle of the Atlantic where the Earth's crust seems to be missing entirely. Instead, the mantle - the deep interior of the Earth, normally covered by crust many kilometres thick - is exposed on the seafloor. The researchers are planning to use sonars to image the seafloor and then take rock cores using a robotic seabed drill. The samples will provide a rare opportunity to gain insights into the workings of the mantle deep below the surface of the Earth. Searle said: “This is probably the first area where the mantle has been observed extensively on the seafloor. It gives us a unique opportunity to study this enigmatic part of the Earth in detail. ... Our current theories suggest that as the tectonic plates separate, the mantle rises to fill the gap and, in doing so, partly melts. ... The molten rock or magma is then emplaced on the seafloor through volcanoes to build new crust. It looks as though the melting may not be occurring here, and we may be looking at a wholly different way of creating and spreading the plates.”
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Maltese Falcon Sets Sail
Tom Perkins' "Maltese Falcon" set sail in Italy on July 14 after five years of development and construction. The designers claim is the largest and fastest personal sailboat in the world. The 87.5-meter yacht is equipped with three 57-meter tall masts and each mast has six yards from which hang sails. The masts were constructed by CarbonIndex Ltd. They rotate depending on the wind direction controlled by a fiber-optic sensor system that gathers data on wind speed and force. The systems was developed by English company Insensys. The concept of rotating masts was first conceived in the 1960s by German hydraulics engineer Wilhelm Prolls. More ...
Sunk in Just 5 Minutes
Scientists sponsored by the History Channel visited the wreck in August and discovered two large pieces of the ship's hull half a kilometer away from the stern. According to Roger Long, a naval architect who studied the recent discovery, the vessel hit the iceberg and the hull broke loose before the stern split. He said the ship only took five minutes to sink. Before the August expedition, David Brown, a Titanic historian had said the stern took twenty minutes to plunge into the ocean. More ...
For information about the discovery of the Titanic, click here.
This footage was shot in 2005 by Rob Goldsmith, for the UK History Channel's documentary "Titanic - A Tale of Two Journeys".
The 40 foot bronze-age style boat Magan sinks within 30 min after leaving port Sur. The boat was made from reeds, date-palm fibers and bitumen tar, with a wool sail and two teak oars. The team was hoping to make the 600 mile voyage across the Indian Ocean to the historic Indian port of Mandvi to follow what archaeologists believe was a Bronze Age trade route.All rew members survived and have plans to rebuilt the boat. More ...