Sea History 178 - Spring 2022

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during the Civil War.” The anchor was removed in 1904 and displayed elsewhere on the base, then relocated to its current location when the museum was opened. USS Constellation is part of the fleet of museum ships at Historic Ships in Baltimore. (NWC Museum, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI; MSM, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; HSB, … The early months of 2022 have witnessed demonstration tests of autonomous ship maneuvers as part of Meguri 2040, a project of the Nippon Foundation. The first demonstration was performed on 11 January by a small excursion boat in the waters around Sarushima, an island off the coast of Yokusuka City, followed on 18 January by the 728-foot smart coastal car ferry

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The NWC museum’s director, Ryan Meyer, said: “This is an important project because of the significance of USS Constellation’s role in the history of the US Navy and here in Newport as a training ship and flagship. USS Constellation served in the African Squadron conducting patrols along the African Coast to suppress the Atlantic slave trade and helped protect union merchant shipping from Confederate warships

Soleil, making the 150-mile passage from Shinmoji to Iyonada. On 24–25 January the Imoto Lines containership M/V Mikage voyaged from Tsuruga Port to Sakai Port autonomously. The Soleil demonstrated “autonomous port berthing and unberthing using turning and reversing movements and high-speed navigation of up to 26 knots.” Features making the autonomous navigation possible include sensors using infrared cameras to detect other ships, a remote engine monitoring system, and a sophisticated cybersecurity system. The

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