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The Maritime Web Awards


NON-EUROPEAN WINNERS

The Maritime Web Site Award is completely free and exists to promote the maritime world on the internet. Anyone can apply to have their non-commercial maritime websites considered HERE. The following non-European websites have recently applied for, and have been granted the prestigious GOLD and SILVER awards as they have proven to display an exemplary, informative maritime content. In the view of the judges, the following sites are worth visiting by anyone interested in the maritime world.

A new category of SPECIAL AWARD is now granted to the websites of organisations and groups to whom we all owe so much (e.g. lifeboat stations), and whose websites cannot be assessed in the usual way, because we would otherwise be compelled to grant our highest award out of gratitude for the courageous work they do. The SPECIAL award is made where we are honoured to have been asked for a Maritime Web Award and the award is granted with our thanks and appreciation to the organisations concerned - (but are usually fantastic websites anyway !)

For legal reasons, we have to state that while we found all the sites listed to be worthy of an award at the time of assessment, we cannot take any responsibilty for the contents of any sites linked to.


CONGRATULATIONS TO:-

THE CARGO LETTER
Undoubtably one of the most extensive maritime resource sites on the internet. Los Angeles marine lawyers (Countryman & McDaniel) have created this vast website which is worth spending as much time as possible exploring - great photos and extensive up-to-date information. Easy Gold Award winners !

MERCANTILE CONVOY CU 49 OF 1944
A wonderful historical record that Mark has created as a tribute to his father and all who served on one of the allied convoys of World War Two. A vast amount of information is provided in this website not only about this particular convoy, but also about the equipment and defensive weaponry used throughout the war, on convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean between the USA and the UK or to the other theatres of war.



INDICATOR LOOPS - USCG CABLE SHIP 'PEQUOT'
One of least known aspects of the 'Battle of the Atlantic' during World War 2 was the secret laying of indicator loops, to detect enemy submarines trying to enter major U.S. ports. Although a British invention that had already been successfully used around the world, in 1942 the USCG Cable Ship PEQUOT began laying cable around vulnerable East Coast U.S. ports.
This glorious web collaboration between Australia (Dr. Richard Walding) and the USA (Chip Calamaio), tells the full story of the PEQUOT; her crew, her missions and a vast amount of information about the indicator cables she laid. With personal stories of crew members, this is a very important historical record that will absorb readers for hours and is a fine tribute to the men of the PEQUOT and to the vessel herself !

FLOTILLA AUSTRALIA
A great and truly Australian website where John provides a huge amount of information about Australian shipping lines old and new, with a wealth of original photos of the vessels, stretching back into the 19th Century - Half expected to see a photo of HMS ENDEAVOUR or at least one of Captain Cook ! Very extensive and well catalogued website that must be a goldmine for anyone tracing their family roots to Australia, or for anyone whose ancestors served at sea on an Australian shipping line.

CRUISE SHIP & MARITIME MONITORING
A very useful website providing the VHF frequencies that are used by various shipping lines, most notably cruise lines, but others as well. Many useful links to sites with web-cams in port areas and on board vessels, plus a list of scheduled up-coming cruise ship visits to the USA.

THE Gjenvick-Gjønvik MARITIME ARCHIVES
As part of his much larger genealogical website and now recently updated and extended with a new URL, Paul Gjenvick has created an amazingly informative section for anyone interested in the historical passenger ships which carried huge numbers of emmigrants to the USA, even including passenger lists for many of these ships, as well as the posters used to advertise the shipping line services.

THE TUGBOAT "BALTIMORE" WEBSITE
One of the most admirable restoration projects has been the preservation of the 1906 built American tugboat "BALTIMORE". This website tracks the history of the vessel, it's restoration and now its celebrity status in Baltimore as a fully active floating museum piece.! Our thanks to the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company for undertaking this non-profit work, to preserve a piece of world history (not just USA history !). Great website, loads of pictures.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
A definitive record of the United State Navy Submarine history from 1900 to 1940, this incredible website traces the dawn of the Submarine Service of the USN. Some historic photos of the early types of submersibles all carefully catalogued and easily navigated around (more than can be said about the vessels themselves !). At a time when all the world's major naval powers were trying to work out whether there was any future in these craft (seems funny now!) this website chronicles the experiments of the US Navy.

USS OKLAHOMA CITY
A fine tribute to a fine vessel. The USS OKLAHOMA CITY sailed through some of the most turbulent naval events of the 20th Century, so it is right that details of her voyages and crew are kept for posterity on this great website that Joe Caruso has created. A haven for former shipmates but also an invaluable resource for naval historians, there is enough to keep anyone absorbed for hours !

THE UNOFFICIAL HOLLAND AMERICA LINE WEBSITE
15 years of research have already gone into this great website, tracking the history of the Holland America Line from its early beginnings in 1871 through its growth until the 2nd World War and then it's re-construction through the 1960s. Great articles, pictures and records of these Dutch liners, appearing on the site after considerable research by Hans Segboer of New Jersey. He has chosen one of those subjects that will take many years to complete, but a tribute one of the great names in the Netherlands mercantile marine.

THE GERMAN U-BOAT WEBSITE
A very authoritive and extensive website about the German U-Boats of World War 2. Everything from the operations they undertook to the personalities who sailed in them. Love them or hate them, they were a pivotal marine instrument that so very nearly changed the course of the war, so complete encyclopaedic websites about this important vessel type will always be of use. A website that is very well designed and easy to navigate around - a must for anyone with any questions about U-Boats.

NAVAL TANKERMEN ASSOCIATION
When anyone thinks of Naval Associations, one thinks of the big ships and famous fighting vessels, so it's nice to see a site dedicated to the less glamorous, but absolutely vital arm of the navy, that of the fleet tankers, without whom the swanky fighting ships wouldn't even get out of port ! The Naval Tankermen Association is there to help former ANZAC naval tankermen re-unite with former shipmates and to revel in the vitally important role they have played in keeping the Australian and NZ navies sailing.")

CORNWALLIS MILITARY MUSEUM
In Clementsport, Nova Scotia, Canada there is a museum on the site of the former Cornwallis Military base, where British Commonwealth (but mainly Canadian) naval recruits were trained in seamanship during (and after) the Second World War. The website, recently upgraded to a gold award site is well presented and created by Douglas Moore, Ret'd RCN/CAF gives lots of information not only about the museum that now stands on the site, but also about a place that must still be remembered by many of the marine trainees who passed through its gates, now including information about reunions.

MARINER SANTHOSH
Santhosh Subramanian is a recent Marine engineering graduate from the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET), Chennai, India and is about to start work for the Maersk Line. On his website he intends to share with us his experiences and travels, which will be a great insight into life at sea for those thinking of following in Sathosh's footsteps, embarking on a career at sea. As the months go by, we look forward to sharing the experiences of his first trips at sea with one of the world's largest and prestigious cargo lines.

NIGHT BEACON WEBSITE
A website devoted to lighthouses, light ships and lifesaving in the USA. This has got to be one of the most extensive websites on the subject with photos and information on literally hundreds of light beacons for mariners around the USA.
A very good history section, tracing the origins of the original East Coast lighthouses, this is a reference guide for anyone who has a passion for these important historical structures.

The USS SAVAGE / Gerald Day Life Celebration Website
Diane Day has created a lovely website, not only recording, in detail, the history of a fine U.S. Navy escort vessel, but also as a touching tribute to her father and former crew member, Gerald O. Day QM1c. This website has grown significantly thanks to contributions from many ex-SAVAGE crewmates, and now has a well catalogued compendium of articles by former crew members of USS SAVAGE and details of reunions, both past and planned for the coming year. One of the best designed maritime web sites on the web. Well done Diane - your dad would be proud.

THE LAGOON VIEW YACHT CLUB
Award rescinded as the award symbol and link do not appear on the site.

MY ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Tom Spowart served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the 1950's and has produced a lovely website recalling those days - the vessels he served on and the friends he knew. He's managed to trace some of them again, but his website is a real archive treasure-trove for those interersted in the history of the R.C.N. This site has been UPGRADED from Silver to a Gold Award, as Tom's website has grown massively with fantastic input from others. Now more of a "Our Royal Canadian Navy" website !

THE LUSITANIA RESOURCE WEBSITE
Just to prove that content is more important to us than "pretty" websites, this is a no-nonsense wealth of information about the LUSITANIA, passenger lists, jounal of events surrounding it's torpedoing and sinking by U-20 in 1915, for which 2005 is the 90th anniversary. This website about the pivotal sinking that did much to bring the USA into the First World War is well researched and presented (even without clever graphics).

THE LORD CALVERT YACHT CLUB
As well as being a website for the LCYC in Maryland, USA, a lot of useful information is provided on yachting etiquette, VHF channels and rules on signals. If yachtsmen would care to memorise and use these rules, perhaps we wouldn't have to scrape so many of your boats off the sides of our containerships......

DON PEDRO'S SHIPPING JOBS LINKS
If anyone is looking for a job in the shipping industry then this is a site for you. Not only does it provide links to possible employers but gives valuable advice on how to create a CV for a shipping company application and the qualifications that will be required. Founded by a Finn now living in the Philippines, this is not an employment agency, simply a website offering good advice for free !

"EARLY LIGHT"
This great site will either inspire you to follow in Richard's footsteps, or scare you half to death ! It is a true "blow by blow" account charting a three year period of an ongoing project to buy a Sabre 34 yacht, then sailing it home 600 miles from Maine to Maryland USA to renovate it. Richard Coerse graphically takes us with him as he discovers why a boat is called "she" - constantly demanding, costing a fortune, but the abiding subject of our dreams at night !!!

PRINCESS ROYAL SAILING CLUB
The Princess Royal Sailing Club is in Albany Western Australia. This new website (a third Award Winning site by Rob Brown) gives lots of information about the club and its activities, along with a news letter and diary of events. Delightfully designed website which we hope is appreciated by the yachtsmen out there (or down under there....), but a great example of how a yacht club wesbite should be organised. A great advert for Albany, W.A. (even if it was done by a transplanted "Pom")

TREASURE OF THE RMS REPUBLIC
The White Star Line's most famous loss, the TITANIC, has cast into shadow another White Star loss, just 3 years earlier in 1909, the RMS REPUBLIC. Unlike the TITANIC, all but 6 of those on board survived, but when she sank (under tow), mysterious rumblings about her "secret" cargo of Gold began to surface. Martin Bayerle and his company (who hold the "salvor-in-possession" on the wreck of the RMS REPUBLIC") have created this great website, telling the story of the REPUBLIC and re-invigourating the stories of her lost, mysterious and allegedly fabulously valuable cargo.....

ROBB'S SITE
ROB'S PLACE

Rob Brown, originally from the UK, has settled in Albany, Western Australia after years at sea with Port Line. In these twin websites he gives lots of information about and photos of the ships he served on and links to information about Albany Western Australia. On the second website, he has provided information on the history of whaling off Western Austalia as well as a few photos of the whales that "got away !".

THE WEB AND WIRE WEBSITE
A real compendium of maritime "bits and bobs" which draws you in. Bob Frump, (a Pullitzer Prize nominee on 3 occasions for his earlier journalistic career) has created this unusual but absorbing eclectic website on all things maritime. OK, from a technical standpoint it has none of the razzamatazz of many other sites, but its content is pure gold.

"GLENDEVON - 1944 VINTAGE TUG
Built for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944, the old GLENDEVON has now been lovingly restored by Art Anderson in British Columbia, Canada. Art's website shows in graphic detail, the work that has been undertaken, but set against the dramatically beautiful backdrop of the British Columia coastline. Don't forget to click on the "Deck Log" and "Tug Specs" to get the background information. Great project - great website.

MARITIME ART OF R.LEVESQUE
Dick Levesque of Tennessee is a fine maritime artist and has created a website gallery, through which you can wander at leisure and enjoy some of his highly evocative maritime paintings, giclee art and line drawings, many of which have a special focus on the U.S. Coastguard at work. Prints of this fine artist's work are available to purchase within the site.

NEW ZEALAND COASTAL SHIPPING
The first award winner from New Zealand, this well presented site provides lots of information about the coastal shipping trades between the north and south islands of New Zealand during the 1960s and 1970s.....before the arrival of those standard oblong metal boxes ! Facts and photos about the shipping lines, their vessels that carried anything and everything between the "kiwi" islands with a special focus on the port of Kaiapoi ( ! ) are all here within this important historical record, plus a new section on Dutch coasters in New Zealand.

ED'S MESS
After 33 years with the Royal Canadian Navy, Ed Paquette has created an incredibly detailed website about the history of the Canadian Navy in the 20th Century. For anyone researching information on this subject, especially photographic material about the vessels, then this site will be a real find. The sheer weight of material, so easily navigated through, makes this a worthy Gold Award winner.

THE SHIPCAFE.NET
Sleepless in Seattle ?? - Well, Steve Garrod must have been, to have spent so much time and effort creating a beautiful website about the City of Seattle and cruise ships, with reviews of many of the sleekest vessels afloat, including features on many vessels and LOTS of photos of them. A lovely site, well worth a visit.

COAST NEWS
Link removed and award rescinded as the website has failed to display the award symbol.

THE PAKISTANI MARITIME
is a website designed to provide a link and forum for Pakistani mariners around the world. Qaisar Qayyum, a mariner himself, has created a lovely website that provides practical advice to Pakistani seamen, with encouragement to become even better trained, from his own fine example.

C.P. COASTERS WEBPAGE
The coastal ferries of British Columbia have a long and distinguished history. This website seeks to re-unite former shipmates of C.P. and provides lots of information/photos of the vessels that have now passed into history and provides information on venues for on-going reunions.

HUNTING NEW ENGLAND SHIPWRECKS
The east coast of the USA is littered with wrecks, many of which can be dived upon. From the comfort of your armchair, you can join Dave Clancy, diving down to an underwater world that is lost in time. A fabulous site, and worth anyone's time visiting.

TALES FROM THE SCUTTLEBUTT
A glorious collection of nautical tales, sea stories, cartoons and sailors yarns, created by Sriram Rajagopal, a merchant marine officer, currently serving at sea with Barber Shipmanagement.

THE SHIPS OF WILLIAM MURDOCH
A fascinating record of long and distinguished career of William Murdoch, leading up to that fateful night in 1912, on the TITANIC. William Stewart has, in a few webpages, provided a full history of the man, his ships and a way of life, now lost in history.

WARTIME MERCHANT NAVY
J. Gordon Mumford, award-winning author, is a new SILVER award winner, after having created a super site, that chronicles both his personal experiences and general experiences of those serving in the British Merchant Navy during the Second World War, with particular reference to Convoy ONS 154.

AHOY ! MAC'S WEBLOG
Mackenzie Gregory from Australia has created a treasure chest of maritime stories and information ranging from the confederate Armed Raiders of the American Civil War through to whether ships should still be called "she" !!!

SEA GATE
Arye Hasson from Israel has created a wonderful website for anyone sailing to Israel, or involved in maritime trade with Israel. Lots of information (in English and Hebrew) about the availability of yachting marina berths and Israeli Notices to mariners, plus lots more.

The TS Vindicatrix CANADA/USA Branch Website.
A website for all those who served on, or know about the fine old square-rigged Training Ship, Vindicatix, which trained a generation of young British and Commonwealth seamen. A wonderful site with tales of a bygone age at sea.

DISCOVERY PHOTOS
Link removed and award rescinded as the website has failed to display the award symbol.




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