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Jan - 2023 -
04 January
Captain James McNamara, contributor

The evolution of car carriers

As cars gained popularity, ships were converted and built specifically for transporting vehicles overseas.

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Dec - 2022 -
21 December
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Maritime History Notes: When US intercoastal lumber trade floated fleets

By the start of the 1900s, about 40 U.S.-flag ships were operated by the country’s lumber titans, proving to the industry at the time that marine transport was more efficient than rail.

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Nov - 2022 -
18 November
Captain James McNamara, contributor

United States Lines enjoyed its share of glory years

FreightWaves Classics examines storied ocean carrier U.S. Lines, which was persistent in its desire to operate a successful cargo ship named the American Shipper.

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09 November
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Misdeclared cargo and the fabled Rock Island Line

Cargo misdeclaration may save a shipper money on freight rates, but this underhanded act threatens the lives of those who provide the transportation.

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01 November
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Did you know there are ships named after college football teams?

During the past century, hundreds of ships in the U.S. merchant marine have been named after colleges and their football teams.

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Feb - 2021 -
01 February
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Maritime History Notes: Pioneering LNG carriers

Though maritime shipments of LNG are routine today, it was only 62 years ago that the first shipment of LNG occurred.

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Oct - 2020 -
27 October
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Maritime History Notes: ‘Jumboized’ T-2 tankers

How former World War II-built American tankers became the bulwark of international commercial oil transport in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Aug - 2020 -
26 August
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Maritime History Notes: Beirut blast echoes Texas City catastrophe

The recent death and destruction at the Port of Beirut from ammonium nitrate reminds us that continued carelessness with handling this substance dooms us to repeat history.

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Jun - 2020 -
26 June
Captain James McNamara, contributor

Bay of Pigs invasion fleet was no match for Castro

The Cuban invasion force was to land under the cover of night to begin a counter-revolution against Cuba’s communist government, but the operation unraveled in hours as the invasion fleet floundered in the Bay of Pigs.

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