Rick Spilman

About me

Rick Spilman has had a fascination with ships and the sea for most of his life. His first novel, Hell Around the Horn, is due out this summer. Based on the voyage of a British windjammer in the particularly brutal Cape Horn winter of 1905, it is a story of survival and the human spirit in the last days of the age of sail. Rick is the founder and host of the Old Salt Blog. (www.oldsaltblog.com) An avid sailor, he has sailed as volunteer crew on the replica square-riggers “HMS ROSE” and “HMS BOUNTY.” He has been published in the Huffington Post, gCaptain, Forbes online, and several canoeing and kayaking print magazines. He was also a nautical columnist on the Clarion science fiction blog.

From my website

Warm Wishes on a Chilly Morning — Valentine Islands

It is now 3 degrees Fahrenheit on the West bank of the Hudson River. Hope your Valentine’s day is warmer. On such a chilly morning, it would be nice to escape to a tropical island. Here is a repost from a few years ago of a series of Valentine Islands,…

Anthem of the Seas and the Storm — A Real World Stability Test

In recent years, there have been many claims made that modern cruise ships are inherently unstable and unseaworthy.  Naval architects, shipyards, and regulators, have replied, “No, they are not,” but the argument continues. Recently, the Anthem of the Seas put the argument to the test. As ungainly, bulky and high-sided…

Remembering the SS Marine Electric — a Tragedy that Made Us All Safer

Thirty-three years ago today, on February 12, 1983, the collier SS Marine Electric loaded with 24,800 tons of steam coal, capsized and sank in a storm 30 miles off the coast of Virginia. Thirty-one of the 34 crew members died. While nothing good can be said about the loss of 31 sailors,…

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