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.

JUNE 7, 2012 7:26AM

Vacuum Cleaner Victims – the Clipper Ship Cutty Sark and Now the USS Miami !

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Victims of Vacuum Cleaners?

There is a new threat to our nautical heritage and our nation’s defense!  In 2007, the composite tea clipper Cutty Sark, built in 1869, was ravaged by fire.  An investigation revealed the culprit - an industrial vacuum cleaner.   Now, it appears that a vacuum cleaner has struck again!   Investigators say that a vacuum cleaner caused the recent fire on the nuclear submarine USS Miami in a shipyard in Maine, causing an estimated $400 million of damage.

US nuclear submarine fire linked to vacuum cleaner

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