Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Joseph Blankson, a Nigerian Contractor who died while saving 13 victims of a boat accident. Blankson swam in and out of a river 13 times to rescue the passengers. Suffering from exhaustion, he drowned on the 14th rescue attempt. He was the only fatality in the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Rod Ansell was the inspiration for the character of Crocodile Dundee, after he famously survived for 56 days stranded in the bush in 1977, when his boat sank leaving him with no water and few supplies. In 1999, he was killed in a shootout by policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In the boat-naming poll that eventually resulted in Boaty McBoatface, Spanish trolls attempted to name the boat Blas de Lezo, after a Spanish admiral who defeated and humiliated the British Royal Navy in 1741. The organizers removed the name after it gained traction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RRS…
During World War II, U.S. east coast cities were asked to adopt blackouts to protect shipping - but resisted them to protect tourism, giving German U-Boat crews such easy targets they called it "The Second Happy Time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There is a man called JosΓ© Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water. smh.com.au/lifestyle/how-…
The radio transmitter used by Nazi Germany to communicate with U-boats worldwide is still in use today by the Russian Navy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned about the real lord of the flies where a group of six boys between 13 and 16, who, in 1965, ran away from a school on the island of Tonga, stole a boat, and became shipwrecked on the deserted remote island of 'Ata. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Pres. Jimmy Carter was fishing in his hometown of Plains, GA in a boat alone. A rabbit chased by hounds jumped in the water and swam towards him, trying to board. The event was sensationalized by press and critics framed the event as emblematic of Carter's presidency as hapless and enfeebled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of William Colepaugh, who upon being discharged from the US naval reserve defected to Nazi Germany in 1944. Trained as a spy, he was landed ashore at Gulf of Maine by an U boat. He voluntarily surrendered after partying with the money meant for espionage activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the 2004 Chicago River Incident, where a Dave Matthew's Band Tour Bus unloaded 800 pounds of human waste onto a sightseeing boat below. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
There is a man that survived over a year lost on a small boat in the Pacific Ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Teddy Roosevelt once had his boat stolen by three armed thieves. With the help of two friends he built a new boat and personally tracked down and captured the thieves. nps.gov/thro/learn/histor…
The vast majority of the American service members killed at Pearl Harbor were junior enlisted men. The officers of the Navy all lived in houses and the junior people were the ones on the boats, so pretty much all of the people who died in the direct line of the attack were very junior people. uso.org/stories/1732-9-th…
Today I learned about Tori Murden McClure, the first woman and American to row a boat alone across the Atlantic Ocean courier-journal.com/story…
There's a rare phenomenon where two wave systems can cross over each other and create an effect referred to as "cross sea". It is extremely dangerous and can sink boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Today I learned of the New Jersey shark attacks of 1916. From July 1st to the 12th five people were attacked by sharks along the Jersey Shore with one victim surviving. Speculation of why the attacks occurred has lead to theories such as annoyed sea turtles and sharks following German u-boats for easy prey. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey…
Today I learned of the Tongan Castaways, six boys who stole a boat and were stranded on a deserted island in 1965, staying there for 15 months before rescue. Called a real-life Lord of the Flies, the boys built a "commune" with a garden, permanent fire, gym, and badminton court. theguardian.com/books/202…
South Park character β€˜Towelie’ begun on a boat trip the creators took; on which, people were constantly saying: β€œdon’t forget to bring a towel”. Becoming more aware of how merchandised and exploited their creations had become, they then decided to satirically create the β€œworst character ever”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
Princess Margaret's husband, Lord Snowdon, represented Cambridge in 1950 in the famous Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Cambridge won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
In 2008, Five European divers got swept away by strong currents in Indonesia and survived 12 hours adrift at sea. They ended up stranded on Rinca Island and fended off a Komodo dragon. After spending 2 days on the island they were eventually rescued by a search boat. nbcnews.com/id/25006226/n…
The largest sea evacuation in history was on 9/11. The Coast Guard had let out an "all available vessels call", and almost 100 boats responded, ranging from tugboats to ferries to yachts. insh.world/history/the-gr…
The Henley-on-Todd regatta is the only boat race in the world on a dry river and has previously been cancelled when the river flooded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of the Halifax explosion in 1917. Caused by two boats crashing into each other, the 2.9 kiloton explosion was more than twice that of the Beirut explosion (estimated at 1.2 kilotons). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I Learned that Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only place in the US with a boat only USPS delivery service. The only way to get your mail is through the boat service which has been running since 1915. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The 1900 Paris Olympics featured a 200m swimming obstacle race. Swimmers started by clambering over a pole to plunge into the River Seine. They fought the current to scramble over a row of boats moored in their path, before ducking under a second row of boats, and then sprinting to the finish history.com/news/5-strang…
Slow TV, very long coverage of mundane, ordinary events, is huge in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes such as a 376 hr boat voyage, 60 hrs of choirs singing, and 12 hrs of knitting. Shorter shows include a lecture on Norway's past 200 years in 200 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
In Oregon there is a boat race called the Giant Pumpkin Regatta where participants race in giant pumpkins instead of boats. travelportland.com/events…
When practicing for the D-Day landings in "Exercise Tiger" at least 749 Americans were killed by friendly fire and a "wolf pack" of 6 German E-boats who stumbled on the LST ships in the dark. D-Day was nearly called off because 10 officers who knew the exact plans went missing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
Dolphins and orcas (a type of dolphin) like to follow boats to catch a free ride because the wake created by the boat's engine creates a wave that they can 'surf' and use less energy to propel great distances. fortmyers-sanibel.com/vis…
The winner of the Americas cup not only gets to decide the location of the next race but also all the technical parameters of the sailboat and other conditions (e.g. no testing) to be used for the next edition!! Every edition essentially has an entirely new boat from each participant bbc.com/news/av/technolog…
An al-Qaeda plot to blow up USS The Sullivans while she was refueling in Yemen was foiled after the boat carrying the explosives was overladen and sunk before reaching its target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
There are at least three elephants buried in Southland, New Zealand. One of which was pushed off a boat after it died at sea and was washed up on the beach. i.stuff.co.nz/southland-t…
One meaning of shiver, in the phrase "Shiver Me Timbers", is "to break into pieces." Therefore, the sailor’s oath, "Shiver Me Timbers", is synonymous with, "(if so and so happens then…) let my boat break into pieces." crewseekers.net/notices/t…
Double bassist & composer Garth Stevenson accidentally summoned twelve Sei whales that swam next to the boat he was performing on during a four-day open sea crossing between South Georgia & Antarctica. He also casually did a duet with a seal! wanderlust.com/journal/mi…
Out at sea, a tsunami is only about a metre high, and could pass a boat without being noticed. As it approaches the shore, it’s the sudden deceleration from about 800km/h to 50km/h which creates the immense wave noc.ac.uk/news/how-tsunam…
Today I learned about Oskar Kusch, the only U-Boat captain to speak out against hitler historynet.com/how-a-u-bo…
Einstein didn't know how to swim, but he refused to wear a lifejacket. He was always running his boat aground because he was so busy relaxing that he didn’t look to see where he was going. His family was convinced that if he didn’t drown, he’d get his head smashed by the masts and spars. seahistory.org/sea-histor…
Titanic crew member William Murdoch who was portrayed as shooting a passenger and then commiting suicide in the movie, was in fact last seen trying to fill as many life boats as possible and heroically went down with the ship. scottishfield.co.uk/cultu…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
A fisherman in Florida hooked a swordfish so big that it dragged his boat for 20 miles and fought for eight hours before he could pull it in. It turned out to be the biggest swordfish ever caught in Florida waters. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Famous Conquistador Hernan CortΓ©s set fire to his boats so that his men would be at the point of no return, and have to join him in conquering Mexico. onepeterfive.com/burn-shi…
Pilot fish can form sort of symbiotic relationships with sharks to the point where if their shark is caught, the pilot fish will follow the boat that took it and become distressed when it can't find it or isn't near its "host" shark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
Alchemist Xu Fu, court sorcerer of the first Chinese Emperor, was sent by the emperor to the eastern seas to find the elixir of life. His fleet included 60 boats with 3,000 virgin boys and girls. He sailed for several years without finding it, and on his second voyage he never returned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_…
The infamous RMS Titanic had a near-identical sister ship called Olympic, nicknamed "Old Reliable", that was re-commissioned in WWI as a troop transport ship and was notable for having carried over 200,000 troops during the war and sinking a German u-boat by ramming into it head-on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…

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