Rick Spilman

Rick Spilman
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
March 25
I am the author of a nautical thriller set in the last days of sail, Hell Around the Horn. I also the host of the Old Salt Blog. I have a background in ship operations, banking and corporate communications. I am an avid sailor and kayaker.

Editor’s Pick
MAY 21, 2012 1:33PM

Was Shakespeare a Sailor?

Charles Spencer, writing for the Telegraph, had a hunch. After reviewing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s trilogy of Shakespeare’s “shipwreck†plays last month,  he  found himself wondering whether the Bard spent his so-called “lost years†before his arrival in London, as sailor.… Read full post »

Photo: Peru21

Something is terribly wrong on the coast of Peru.  At least 877 dolphins and more than 1,500 birds, most of them brown pelicans and boobies, have died along the coast since February when the government started tracking the deaths. The government says that the deaths of the do… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 19, 2009 2:08PM

The Great Gloucester Sea Serpent of 1817

During the month of August in the year 1817 the harbor at Gloucester, Massachusetts was visited almost daily by a many humped sea serpent, estimated to be somewhere between 50 and 100 feet long.  The creature was seen by many hundreds of people over the new few years along the shores of… Read full post »