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Mariner lll, Buloxi MS

March 14, 2019


Mariner III launched 1926.

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Celebrate corporate events, plan a birthday party, opt for a wedding cruise, host your rehearsal dinner, bar mitzvah, anniversary, or any special occasion on the New York Harbor aboard a spectacular yacht charter.

The Mariner III offers private cruises for special events on New York City’s Hudson River or East River complete with views of the New York City Skyline, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.

Booking a Yacht Charter in New York allows your guests to take a break from the Manhattan hustle and bustle with a fabulous Hudson River cruise.


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Classic 1920’s Motor yacht MARINER III Certified by U.S. Coast Guard

The Mariner III is still available for charter both in New England and in South Florida, depending on the time of year.

Following is the text from the press release on this vessel following certification:

The motor yacht MARINER III recently completed the process of certification by the United States Coast Guard under Subchapter T, “Small Passenger Vessels Less Than 100 Gross Tons”. MARINER III is a classic wood—constructed motor yacht built in 1926 by Winslow Marine Rail & Shipbuilding near Seattle, Washington, and designed by well-known Naval Architect of the times, L.E. Geary. She measures 116’ x 18’ x 13’ x 8’ draft. She is certified to carry 125 passengers on a protected waters route.

DeJong and Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida provided design and consulting engineering services for the certification project. These services included tonnage, stability, and electrical system engineering and calculations. The reduction of the gross tonnage to less than 100 gross tons was a particularly challenging problem due to the size of the vessel. DeJong & Lebet, Inc. was able to accomplish this with minimum effect on the below decks spaces.

MARINER III operates out of Manhattan at World Yacht on Pier 62 at the foot of West 23rd Street on the Hudson River. Captain Sean Kennedy of Biloxi, Mississippi runs strictly private charters aboard MARINER III such as cocktail parties, weddings, corporate entertaining, etc. She can accommodate smaller size sit-down dinner parties of up to 80 guests. MARINER III has had many interesting celebrity charters, and is the yacht setting for numerous photos in recent “Victoria’s Secret” Women’s Lingerie & Clothing catalogs. Her first charter as a certified vessel was a birthday celebration for actress Brooke Shields. MARINER III is featured in an upcoming episode of T.V. Soap Opera “All My Children”, and is under contract to appear in the upcoming film “WIND”, being shot in Newport, Rhode Island this summer.

MARINER III was completely refitted and restored in 1979—80, by the Kennedy Engine Co. of Biloxi, Mississippi. She is powered by twin GM 12V-71N Detroit Diesels. Electrical power is provided by 50KW and 40KW GM 4—7lN generator sets. All the engines were furnished by Kennedy Engine Co. during the refitting.

Unlike some of the other Coastal route classic motor yachts, MARINER III was designed for Ocean crossings, as evidenced by her deep draft and heavy hull structure. The original Owner, Capt. James Griffiths, of Griffiths Steamship Company, traveled to China to personally select the lumber for her construction. The vessel’s hull is planked with 3″ thick teak, and her framing is a very strong wood called yackle.

The vessel cost approximately $225,000 to build in 1926. Famous actor John Barrymore once boarded the yacht and insisted on purchasing the vessel. Capt. Griffiths refused to sell her. However, he did put Barrymore in touch with the Naval Architect, L.E. Geary, and Barrymore built a sistership.

The majority of the certification work was completed by Captain Sean Kennedyhis crew, and various sub contractors right at dockside. The vessel was hauled to allow for bottom inspection and credit dry-docking for the United States Coast Guard certification. Inspection by the Coast Guard was handled out of the New York Marine Inspection Office at Battery Park in Manhattan. Drawings for the project were completed by Marine Management, Inc. of Ocean Springs, MS and DeJong & Lebet, Inc.

MARINER III is the 14th former charter yacht certification project for DeJong & Lebet, Inc. The need to certify charter yachts, which formerly operated uninspected under bareboat charter agreements, was brought about by determination by the Coast Guard that these bareboat charter agreements were not valid, and the vessels were illegally carrying “Passengers for Hire” without proper certification. Certification projects have been completed for contemporary yachts, as well as classic antique yachts, and have included wood, steel, aluminum and fiberglass hulls.
































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March 13, 2019







The European Union plans to ban the world’s most widely used insecticides in an effort to protect bees and other valuable pollinator insects.


The ban, approved by member countries Friday, targets insecticide compounds known as neonicotinoids (also called neonics for short). The ban is expected to come into force by the end of the year and will prohibit outdoor use of the chemicals (they may still be used inside greenhouses).


Neonics were introduced in the late 1980s as a safer alternative to older insecticides that are more toxic. Yet a growing body of research has pointed to environmental problems with their use.

Catch up on National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series Genius: Picasso starring Antonio Banderas—Tuesdays at 10/9c—with the first two episodes available now on demand.

Neonics are very effective at destroying the nerve cells of insects that ingest them. Most corn, soy, and wheat seeds planted today are coated with neonics. But if a bird eats the seeds, they could be at risk, EPA science shows. As the crops grow, the plants incorporate the neonics into their tissues, making them poisonous to any insect that nibbles on them. Pollen, nectar, sap, and even dead leaves contain neonics. So does the soil, and because neonics readily mix with water, they’re washed into streams, ponds, rivers, and possibly coastal zones, according to an international scientific assessment called Task Force on Systemic Pesticides.

“Neonics are 5,000 to 10,000 times more toxic than DDT,” said Jean-Marc Bonmatin of The National Centre for Scientific Research in France.

Neonics have been previously implicated in sterilizing male bees.

Not only have these insecticides been linked to dramatic declines in bees and other pollinators, they’re also suspected in declines in many other insect species, along with insect-eating birds and bats. Even important creatures like earthworms are being damaged by neonics, a four-year investigation by the task force found.

The EU had previously banned use of neonics on flowering crops that are known to specifically attract bees, noting that an estimated three quarters of important food crops may be pollinated by bees.

These insecticides are used everywhere: in homes, gardens, farms, greenhouses, orchards, parks, and forests. If a product says it will kill insects there’s a good chance it contains one of seven neonicotinoids: acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam. (A list of products containing neonicotinoids can be found on the website for the U.S. Center for Food Safety.)

The U.S. EPA is currently re-evaluating the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, and temporarily halted the approval of new outdoor uses.

Canada has also limited their use.

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