January 22, 2015 |
WHEN JOSEPH Sindoni bought a boat for seagoing outings from the Jersey Shore, he thought his wife would be thrilled. But when she saw it, Margaret's reaction was less than enthusiastic. "Where's the bathroom?" she wanted to know. So, Joseph, always the devoted husband, went out and bought a bigger boat - a 24-footer with a bathroom. The family kept the boat for about eight years at North Wildwood, but, even though he was a former Navy man, the family didn't get that much use out of the boat and he finally sold it. Part of the problem was that Joseph Sindoni was the kind of guy whose favorite activity was work.
December 29, 2014 |
Unspoiled white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue waters, frolicking green sea turtles, and bays, lagoons, and reefs so idyllic you have to pinch yourself just to make sure they're real - the Grenadines are one of the most spectacular sailing destinations in the world. In this archipelago of sun-splashed Caribbean islands that stretch from Grenada to St. Vincent, there's so much to explore that it would take a lifetime to truly appreciate it all. With only two weeks and a chartered sailboat, my photographer and I did our best to get a taste of this fabled paradise.
December 22, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Buoys bobbed in the bay near the tip of this town on a recent frigid day. Many of the waterfront homes were empty - their inhabitants absent and elsewhere. Gone, like Andrew Biddle. It has been five months since Biddle, an internationally honored powerboat racer, was declared missing after a pontoon boat he was said to have been aboard struck a buoy and crashed into a jetty. What at first seemed to be a tragic boat accident turned into the launch of Biddle's plunge into mystery.
October 16, 2014 |
Alice McGlynn Moran, 98, of Ocean City, president of Marine Services Group in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, died Monday, Oct. 6, at home. The firm provides transportation for people and goods from Shore points to ships anchored in the Delaware River, from the Delaware Bay to Morrisville, a son, James, said. Mrs. Moran's husband, William J. Moran II, died in 1974 and, since 1976, Mrs. Moran had shared ownership of the firm with sons William J. III, the corporate secretary, and James, the corporate treasurer, he said.
October 11, 2014 |
More than seven months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search for the plane is expected to resume in the Indian Ocean this month with crews trolling 23,000 square miles. Might the kernel of a better approach be found in a pond in Phoenixville? That is where Villanova University students are tinkering with a robotic boat, a two-pontoon craft equipped with a camera, a laser, and other electronics that let the boat locate obstacles and navigate on its own. The four-foot vessel is a prototype for a 16-foot version that the students and two faculty members will enter this month in a competition in Singapore, along with partners from Florida Atlantic University.
August 25, 2014 |
Whales are curious creatures, and naturalist Michelle Barclay has seen them do some unusual things in the waters off Massachusetts. One even quieted a crying baby, leaving a boat full of whale-watchers speechless. "A passenger's baby was crying, and everyone was getting annoyed," she said. "Suddenly, a humpback came up to investigate and looked right at the mother and baby. The baby stopped crying, and everyone onboard said, 'Oh, my God.' " There was complete silence after that.
August 22, 2014
QUEEN'S PARK SWIZZLE Bartender's note: "This one is a classic, my favorite tiki drink, because of its simplicity. It originated in The Queen's Park Hotel, Trinidad, during the 1920s - basically the grandmother of the mojito. A wonderfully rich rum cocktail that is refreshing, full of spice, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. The Angostura bitters line not only serves as an aromatic garnish, but also acts as a palate-cleansing last sip if left undisturbed while drinking. Very easy to make at home.
August 4, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Authorities are suggesting that a champion powerboat racer, declared missing following a crash of his pontoon boat late last month, may have staged the accident to evade theft charges. Egg Harbor Township police said Friday that a report that Andrew Biddle had planned the incident to "avoid prosecution" is a scenario that "must be considered. " That announcement followed a story by the Atlantic City Press citing a police flier, apparently not intended to go public, that reportedly stated: "It is believed Biddle is alive and well and on the run. " Township police, in a statement, said the correspondence was "intended for law enforcement purposes only.
August 2, 2014 |
BARNEGAT LIGHT - It was like Christmas morning, solving a Rubik's cube, and the movie Groundhog Day all rolled into one as soon as the Grand Larson III docked at Viking Village. A seven-man crew - the maximum allowed under strict government regulation - returned Wednesday from five days on the 80-foot steel-hulled trawler, which had gone to a managed scalloping area called the Delmarva, about 50 miles off the coast of New Jersey, and pulled 12,000 pounds of scallops from the deep.
July 30, 2014 |
Westville authorities want the Philadelphia Fire Department to pay for the borough's fire boat, claiming that it was totaled by the wake of a Philadelphia fire boat. In documents filed in state and federal courts, Westville alleges that both departments responded to a fire at Dock 4 at the BP Petroleum plant in Paulsboro. According to the lawsuit, on the evening of Sept. 16, 2010, Westville firefighters arrived first in their FB7 vessel, contained the blaze, and advised Philadelphia that further assistance was not needed from the city's boat, the Independence.