Posts by floridamaritime

Happy New Year from FM!

New Year is the oldest holiday still being celebrated. The Babylonians celebrated the New Year as early as 4000 B.C. At that time, the New Year began on the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox. The celebration continued for eleven days, with each day having a different purpose and activity. Some of the most […]

The Adventures of X-14, 1965

The Adventures of X-14, 1965

Year ca. 1965 Video Details 14:30; color; sound; CA058, s.828 Description An alien from space lands in St. Petersburg Beach and assumes the form of a kitten. In its travels the alien sees beaches, homes, water skiers, a marina, Criswell’s Money Museum, the London Wax Museum, the Aquatarium, the fishing pier, and fishing party boats. […]

Chuck Boux | Sigma Glass Studio

ChuckBoux.com   This WordPress site was created back in 2015 for glass artist, Chuck Boux and Sigma Glass Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. I also created Chuck’s social media and Google analytics accounts.

Florida Frontiers

The Tampa Bay Estuary: An oral history exhibit from USF

Stu Smith: Ellies Sailing Shop

Originally published on Apr 18, 2014 Stu Smith owned and operated Elle’s Sailing Shop in north Clearwater, FL for over 35 years. He tells his story in his own words. From the “Pioneer Boat Builders of Pinellas County” by Michael Ramsey

Moretti Yachts

Miami Waterways

Moretti Distributing

How it all begins

It really isn’t an unusual story from childhood.  Children aspire to be astronauts, cowboys, firefighters, princesses, pilots and sea captains to name just a few vocations we admire in our youth.  Little girls love horses and little boys often have a predilection to dogs and fishing.  Many of us had a vision in our youth […]

Christmas at Sea

Image: “Jack’s Mess”, 1855 A poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 – 1894 The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand; The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand; The wind was a nor’wester, blowing squally off the sea; And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things […]

Occupational Folklore: The Boat Guides of Wakulla Springs c.1980

Tourism has long played a central role in Florida’s economy. On November 8-9, 1980, Florida Folklife Program folklorists Ormond Loomis and Doris Dyen set out to document examples of the colorful narratives or “spiels” used by tour boat guides at Wakulla Springs. Track 13 is their recording of James A. Moretz, a guide for the […]

The Dive Card Archive

The Dive Card Archive is a concept from a SCUBA instructor and professional Dive Guide who saw there was a problem with verifying c-cards when vacationing passengers/divers would forget their cards at home. The Dive Card Archive endeavors to resolve that problem by providing a community-based database of dive credentials that divers and dive operators […]

Treasure Divers (2006)

The Life Aquatic

Fisherman,  Lobstermen, Crabbers, Shrimpers, Charter Boat Captains, Dive Professionals, Aquaculturists, Salvagers, Wildlife Rehabilitators,  Bridge Inspectors, Homeland Security Agents, Smugglers, Law Enforcement Officers, Scientists,  Merchant Marine and even Treasure Hunters are all part of the motley workforce found exclusively on Florida’s waters. The maritime trades have been a place where men and women of all colors and […]

Tampa Bay EcoTours

Dolphin Tale 2 (Summer 2014)

Clearwater Dolphin Tours


Dive Clearwater : Gulf Dive Charter Boat

Seabird Sanctuary Cultivates Stewardship for Nature

Sanc·tu·ar·y (sângk’chōō-ĕr’ĕ) n. pl. sanc·tu·ar·ies: [Middle English, from Old French sainctuarie, from Late Latin sānctuārium, from Latin sānctus, sacred; see sanctify.] 1.  Refuge.  A safe place.  A safe haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety.  2.  A place or area of land where wildlife is protected from predators and from being destroyed or hunted. […]

“Temet Nosce” (know thyself)

One of the earliest books I remember reading was “A Year in a Yawl” by Kenneth Ransom, first published in 1901.  It was the narrative of one of the four boys who circumnavigated Florida and the eastern United States in a craft built by hand and a vision to break out of the norm and […]

“We are young…we will mend.”

An old friend reminded me of this adage I would affirm just before engaging or upon completion of something often spontaneous, risky (the non perilous kind) and physically demanding.  The risk was relative; we might run the “risk” of being late to work if we overslept in Zion National Park where we would amble up […]