Deep Sea Sink

If you think marine plastic pollution on the sea surface is bad, the real horror story lies hidden deep beneath the waves, on the ocean floor. According to the latest CSIRO research there are now some 14 million tonnes of microplastics on the seabed.

The Spirit of Sailing and The Sea

A collection of interesting and evocative quotes compiled by David Salter A crew of 64 was required for racing Various sources – The beautiful freak Reliance (1903-13) “Reliance, the 1903 America’s Cup defender designed by Nat Herreshoff, was funded by a nine-member syndicate of the New…

NUYINA, Australia’s newest Antarctic research ship

The $1.9 billion RSV Nuyina, will be three state-of-the-art vessels in one – an exceptionally powerful 160 metre icebreaker, a cutting-edge scientific research platform and a robust resupply ship providing a 30-year lifeline to our three stations on the Antarctic continent, as…

Tides on Planet Earth

Main image: Trying to escape the ‘tide’ in the movie Interstellar – Warner Brothers. For those who have not seen the movie, the tide scene can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6C1Nk1YbnE Meteorologist Malcolm Riley reflects on the gravitational effect…

Santa’s Zip-Line

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. WARNING: If strong language offends you, read no further The ship was a cargo liner – much like a standard cargo…

Celeste – love at first sight

by Rob Evans It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on the lovely Celeste, swinging on her mooring in Snails Bay.  That was 25 years ago.  It wasn’t the passion of youth but was the deep affection she inspired in…

Fishermen of Sydney Harbour

The Harbour has sustained life around it for thousands of years, from the traditional owners to the many waves of modern migrants who fished its waters; most prominent among them the Italian fishermen, writes Kevin Green. As a new migrant myself I settled near…

Providential Channel

How Endeavour survived the great coral labyrinth Bruce Stannard concludes his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of the Endeavour Bark. James Cook’s portrait by William Hodges Cook ordered Endeavour’s coasting anchor and cable to be deployed beyond the…

18 Footers: The Winning Family, the Winning Way

The ongoing success of Australia’s iconic 128-year-old sport of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, owes much to the incredible action and support of John (Woody) Winning, the Winning family and the Winning family’s business. John (Woody) Winning and John (Herman)…

The Traditional Japanese Spa

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. WARNING: If strong language offends you, read no further I wasn’t keen on the idea, but there was no way out.

The Almost Fatal Shore

How Endeavour survived shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef Bruce Stannard continues his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of HM Bark Endeavour. HM Bark Endeavour Mount Warning. Painting by Oswald Brett At noon on June 12, 1770, the…