Archive for the 'Ashore' Category

Ancient merfolk

Gavin from has kindly alerted us to some historic merfolk:

An ancient mermaid on the front of a building in Bayeux
A mermaid and a merman (attached) – on the ceiling of Eastgate House, Rochester.
The upper floors were closed but a nice caretaker guy took us up to see the ceiling. They’ll be 400 years old, or so…

Soft Shackles

Liros soft shackle. Thanks to BLUR for the find.

This winter I am going to learn how to make these, they are dead useful.



French lighthouses face big surf.

Kite flying

Drying off the blue spin in the front yard after washing out last week’s dose of salt and smell.

Strictly Sail 2011

This past Saturday Char and I took ourselves up to Jack London Square to check out the Strictly Sail boat show.  I needed new foulies and some personal gear, and it had been a couple of years since I had gone.

Char was quite taken by the pink Potter, and some other pink and lavender boats on display from BAADS.

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Don’t dream it, be it

Ice Cube Dreams by Terry Border


На яхте по Москве!

With local lakes no doubt frozen over, some cool Russian sailors claim their rights-of-way as sail over powered vessels.

Tsunami in Surf City

Pictures and video from Jeremy of Surf City Sailing, in Santa Cruz.    There was significant surging in the S.C. harbor, reportedly 10 boats and at least one floating dock have sunk.    Nothing like what has happened in Japan, but people are very nervous here on the California Coast.

As reported by Jeremy on S/A

Santa Cruz Harbor is fucked! At least 10 sunken boats of various ilk. My Newport 33 is still secure, but the dock next door is nonexistant… along with all of the boats that were tied to her. It’s a mess, and the whole place was in panic mode. This aint gonna be pretty when the dust settles. Gotta go deal, it’s still surging.


The initial surge hit around 8:10am. The harbor basically sucked dry, and you could see sand almost all the way across the entrance. Lots of keels in the mud. Then the harbor filled with the strength of whitewater rapids. As it filled, looking south from the bridge which bisects the lower harbor from the upper harbor, I could see the masts raise like the wave at a baseball game. It was surreal to watch. This initial wave loosened several boats, and cracked ‘U’ Dock away from its pilings.

Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom

“The rope bridge is connected to the top of the jail cell, built to accommodate evil doers, thieves and little sisters.”

Designer Steve Kuhl fulfills every boy’s fantasy with this insanely cool pirate ship bedroom. The six-year-old occupant from Minnesota chose between a space ship, race car, castle, and pirate ship. Most of us would probably agree, he made an excellent decision.

The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used simulate an old ship’s hull.

See the rest here.

Birgus latro ripped my flesh

I have a large tattoo of a coconut crab, Birgus latro, climbing up my left calf. Somehow it seems I never posted about this on NSL.   I had it done in Kailua right after the Pacific Cup last year, the artist is Laura Naylor.

The picture above is from when the tattoo was only a day or so old, it has lightened considerably since then.  There is a long story about me and coconut crabs that comes from when I was a little boy and we lived for a time on Kwajalein Atoll.    The pic below, which I stumbled on just  today,  is worth a thousand words.

Thanks to Grottu for the find, the original post is here.

A lifeline for your maritime love life?

It’s been a long, cold winter here at NSL.  But there may be some hope in the nautical romance department, thanks to a new site  that offers  “In the unforgiving ocean of love, let us be your lighthouse.”

Of course the whole thing is a clever hack, including a fake news story at a linked site that mimics the local paper’s URL.    A few of the less obvious giveaways include a question asking which state granted your captain’s license, and a mention on the video of using a CB radio while at sea.   At least they got the ‘unforgiving’ part right.

Thanks to sailingk8 at S/A for the find.

Mission to the West Coast’s Last Whaling Station

Inspired by posts from blog-pals  Monkey Fist (Adventures of the Blackgang) and Capt. Rodriguez (Bitter End Blog), the NSL investigative team of David and Char decided to see for ourselves what might be left of the whaling station at Point San Pablo, a 75 minute drive north of where we live.

A recently killed Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is suspended and about to be transported for processing at the Richmond whaling station. The Humpback was the most commonly hunted whale during the history of the whaling station, which was active from 1956 to 1972.   More pictures can be found at the KQED flickr site here.

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The Mermaid of the Hotel Utah


Ferenc Dobronyi of Pollo Del Mar writes that this beauty watches over the stage at the Hotel Utah (which is a bar/music venue, not a hotel).  Thanks!

Photo: Katya Turner.   Click pic for uncropped image.

Marina the Mermaid & Los Straightjackets

Medusirena Marina performing her bed-of-nails and fire-eating act last week at Hukilau 2009, to the throbbing jungle drums and wailing guitars of Los Straightjackets.   Your Correspondent can be clearly seen as the white blob in a hat on the other side of the pool at the 3:20 point.



It can’t happen too soon!