Hi, I'm Geoffrey Holmes, director of "Bramble Reborn". My partner Bill Wiley and I are hard at work filming the new adventures of USCGC Bramble as she attempts to re-create history: a voyage to circumnavigate the North American continent! We're shooting with surface cameras, aerial drones, and ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to capture all the action in glorious 4K, which has four times the resolution of standard high definition video. Please check the website often as I'll be sending out daily logs of our progress. And don't forget to join our mailing list: click here.

"Semper Paradus!"

Travel Log: April 27, 2019 Arrival In Mobile, Alabama

April 27, 2019

The Bramble has arrived in Mobile, Alabama at the Epic Shipyards!  Here she’ll be put in dry dock for about a month to undergo some upgrades including (yay!) air conditioning.  What a feeling of accomplishment!  Thanks to Captain Robert and the entire crew for getting us here safely.  And for […]

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Travel Log: April 26, 2019 “About a Buoy”

April 26, 2019

This is the buoy that’s been lashed to our deck since we left Port Huron.  When Bramble was a museum ship it was there to show visitors what Bramble was designed to do: tend to buoys.  They are very important because they act like guides and traffic signals at sea. […]

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Travel Log: April 24, 2019 “The Imperfect Storm”

April 24, 2019

This log post is “retroactive”.  I knew we’d be out of internet contact for the last couple of days so I queued the previous three days’ posts to launch automatically.  I was out of contact during the storm of the (almost) century.  A day south of Norfolk, Virginia, we ran […]

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Travel Log: April 23, 2019 “Birthday Aboard The Bramble”

April 23, 2019

I wasn’t able to post this on the 21st as we were out of internet contact.  It was my 55th birthday on the Bramble and I got a great gift:  nice weather.  We saw a US Navy ship pass us.  The seas were very calm (in contrast to the previous […]

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Travel Blog: April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019

This is the “Wardroom” of the ship.  The officers would use it as a dining hall and meeting place.  Bill and I hang out here a lot.  We are using it as a makeshift office and editing area.  I have a new computer but it’s hard to do editing on […]

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Travel Blog: April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019

It’s Easter Sunday and what better time to introduce our amazing chef on boat, Marlon.  He’s one of the hardest working guys aboard.  I’m amazed that he and his assistant Jeremy can turn out absolutely amazing meals from the small galley.  He’s very clever at re-using leftovers.  For example, if […]

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Travel Blog: April 20, 2019

April 20, 2019

This is the “inclinometer”.  Actually, I forget the real name for it.  It’s a gauge on the mess bulkhead that tells you how quickly you’ll throw up.  No… seriously, it measures the angle that the ship is rocking.  The Bramble has a round hull and “handles like a football” in […]

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Travel Log: April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

Here’s how you set up your “rack” (bunk) so you can sleep at night without pitching out onto the floor.  First, you stuff some bedding under the outer edge of your mattress so there is a “lip” keeping you from rolling out.  Then you add some pillows on the inside […]

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Travel Log: April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019

All hands are on deck loading provisions for the ten day trip south to Mobile, Alabama.  We’ve got everything from garbage bags to Reese’s Pieces.  Everything is loaded on the ship the old fashioned way….manpower.  Everyone including the Captain form a human chain to pass the boxes, crates and bags […]

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