The tugboat captain and I were seated in his pilothouse observing a wall of steel sliding past us and out the Superior entryway. It was near midnight and a giant oreboat was going out of the harbor. It was also through this entryway, one of two into the Duluth - Superior Harbor, that the Read More
BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald
August 27, 2017
I was sailing down the coast of Superior, out of the Apostle Islands, when I entered the Superior entryway. I managed to tie up at the old Coast Guard station, now nearly abandoned, and tonight I was in the pilothouse of an old tugboat, chatting with the captain, as fog and night rolled in. Read More
June 6, 2017
It was great to hear the hearty voice of Capt. Jules Nickerson on the phone and in short order we got togther to share old memories. We are old buddies from our early scuba diving days in Duluth on Lake Superior, but then the good captain spent many of his years as an ocean Read More
January 24, 2017
Imagine yourself alone aboard a jolting 60-foot sailboat encountering the world's roughest patches of water and racing unassisted and nonstop around the world. Icebergs ahead. Storms. Danger. The Vendee Globe Race just ended and it's the incredible race on which Marlin Bree's novel Dead on the Wind is based. Click in right hand column on Dead on the Wind. You might want to check this one out. Read More
December 19, 2016
These days while I am recovering from recent surgery, I have been out and about talking about some of my discoveries leading to my books. Last Friday, I spoke at the Downtowner organization in that fine old rivertown, St. Paul, on the Last Hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald, to an overflow crowd. It was Read More
November 2, 2016
After storing my Persistence indoors at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for about 20 years, I find this year that the space filled up so quickly I was left out. Today I got back my deposit check and their regrets. So I have to leave a wooden boat out all winteer? Bummer.
October 12, 2016
For a pre-Halloween chills, take a gander at my story Curse of the Island of Doom in this month's (Nov -Dec. 2016 ) issue of Small Craft Advisor. When my sloop Persistence and I sailed past this Lake Superior rock, scary things started to happen. Check out www. Read More
September 16, 2016
If you're about to haul your boat for the winter, be certain to pay attention to the needs of your engine, whether it's an outboard or inboard, if you want it to start next spring and run reliably through the next boating season. Here's a free checklist in the Boat Log & Record (click on Read More
September 6, 2016
It's that time for many who have to haul their boats and get them ready for winter storage. You can use a checklist such as my Boat Log and Record. You can see this section by clicking on Boat Log & Record on the right. It's free.
June 28, 2016
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