Author: Twain Braden

Notable New Titles

Vencedor: The Story of a Great Yacht and an Unsung Herreshoff Hero in the Golden Age of Yachting By Charles Axel Poekel, Jr. This book could well be summarized as a tale of international yacht racing in the 19th century…

Halfway Rock Light Station

When writing about lighthouses, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into nostalgia or busting out in Faulkner quotes about the past not being dead or Masefield’s lonely sea and the sky.

Staten Island’s hidden relics

Beneath a canopy of old sycamores and lindens, directly across the Kill van Kull from some of New Jersey’s most wretched industrial wastelands — Bergen Point, Port Johnson and Constable Hook — lies the bucolic 80-acre campus of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.

An unusual Bermuda landmark

The narrow two-lane road from Southampton on the southwestern end of Bermuda looks ordinary enough, but it leads to a marine oddity that most visitors never see unless they slow down and pay close attention to a curious little bridge.

A somber funeral procession

I was on my usual run out to Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, when I heard a cryptic transmission over the VHF: Sea Tow was requesting that the U.S. Coast Guard issue a security call on its behalf…

Body found off Coronado Islands

The body of a man was found off the Coronado Islands off Southern California Sunday, May 6, prompting local sailors to wonder whether the body was that of the skipper of the doomed sailing vessel Aegean, lost in the annual Newport-Ensenada Race, was lost April 29.