Category Archives: Ships

Media Announces Discovery of Cook’s HMS Endeavour — Again

The news has been full of announcements about the discovery of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour by the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) near the harbor at Newport, Rhode, Island. Much of the reporting has been somewhat confused. The Daily Mail, for … Continue reading

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Carnival’s Fathom Adonia Docks in Havanna, Cuba

After more than a half-century, American cruise passengers have returned to Cuba. Carnival Corporation’s MV Adonia docked in Havanna, Cuba today carrying hundreds of Americans including a few dozen Cuban-born Americans returning to the island for the first time in … Continue reading

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Draken Harald Hårfagre — First Day at Sea and Detour to Lerwick

The Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest Viking longship in the world, is on her way, hopscotching across the Atlantic, to raid and plunder visit the United States this summer.  After departing Haugesund, Norway and sailing for a day at sea, the longship … Continue reading

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NTSB Locates El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that “cargo ship El Faro’s voyage data recorder was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles (36 nautical miles) northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, by a … Continue reading

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SS Great Britain — “The Greatest Experiment Since the Creation”

  I recently visited the museum ship SS Great Britain, in Bristol, UK.  When she was launched in 1843, the iron-hulled luxury passenger steamship SS Great Britain was described as “the greatest experiment since the Creation.”

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Sinking of MV Cemfjord with Loss of Eight Entirely Avoidable

In January of 2015, we posted about the capsize and sinking of the Cyprus-registered cement carrier MV Cemfjord while attempting to navigate the Pentland Firth in extremely rough weather. Eight officers and crew aboard died in the sinking. The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation … Continue reading

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“Boaty McBoatface” Wins in a Landslide & No, That Won’t be the Ship’s Name

We previously posted about how the British Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) was asking for suggestions for a name for the new polar research ship, currently under construction at Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead. The suggestion period ended on April 16th … Continue reading

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Search Resumes for El Faro Black Box in Very, Very Deep Water

Last November, we posted that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had ended its search for the El Faro‘s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), the so-called “black box,” which might have provided answers to questions about the sinking of the 790-foot … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: New York Harbor Tugs — Then & Now

When I arrived in New York back in the mid-70s, a vast fleet of tugs swarmed across the harbor like so many water beetles.  Most kept busy assisting ships in docking. Now there are fewer but larger ships, many with … Continue reading

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German WWI Destroyers V44 & V82 Lost and Now Found in Portsmouth Harbor

British archeologists have located the wrecks of two German destroyers, V44  and V82, from World War I in an unlikely location — on the tidal mudflats near Whale Island in the eastern part of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the Brittany Ferries … Continue reading

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Methane Bubbles — Latest Bermuda Triangle Silliness Sweeps the Internet

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Peter Stanford, South Street Seaport Museum Founder, Dies at 89

Peter Stanford, an icon of maritime historical preservation in the United States, died yesterday at the age of 89. In 1967, Peter and his wife Norma founded the South Street Seaport Museum on New York City’s East River waterfront. Peter Stanford … Continue reading

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Lost US Navy Tug USS Conestoga Discovered After 95 Years

On March 25th, 1921, the US Navy ocean-going tug, USS Conestoga, with a coal barge in tow, steamed out of Mare Island, California, bound for Tutuila, American Samoa, by way of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tug, barge and crew disappeared. … Continue reading

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USS Vesuvius and the Amazing Dynamite Gun

The US Navy is currently testing some potentially revolutionary new weapons, including electromagnetic rail guns. This is not the first time that the navy has experimented with new and exotic weapons systems, not all of which have been successful. USS … Continue reading

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Summer Programs on the Schooner Sultana

It is a huge challenge to build, operate, maintain and fund a historic sailing vessel, not to mention providing great educational programming to deck loads of school kids. The Sultana Educational Foundation of Chestertown, MD does a great job on the … Continue reading

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Name UK’s New Polar Research Ship, But RRS Boaty McBoatface ?

The British Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is asking for suggestions for a name for the new polar research ship, currently under construction at Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead.  The closing date for entries is 16th April 2016. They have gotten … Continue reading

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Wreck of Vasco da Gama’s Lost Ship Esmeralda Believed Found Off Oman

The wreck of the Esmeralda, a ship from Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s  second voyage to India in 1502 and 1503, is believed to have been found close to Al Hallaniyah island, near the coast of Oman according to an … Continue reading

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Kon-Tiki 2 Crew Rescued, Hōkūleʻa Sails On

Last November, we posted about two balsa rafts which had set out from Lima, Peru, intending to sail to Easter Island and back, on the Kon-Tiki 2 expedition. Yesterday, the Chilean Navy rescued 14 crew members from the two rafts … Continue reading

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Humphrey Jennings’ “Farewell Topsails” 1937

Farewell Topsails is a short film about the last topsail schooners in the British china clay trade. Remarkably for a film made in 1937, the short is in color, using the Dufaycolor process. The film was made by Humphrey Jennings who … Continue reading

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Earl of Pembroke at Weymouth

One celebrity at Weymouth during the Weymouth Leviathan was the tall ship Earl of Pembroke.  The barque has been featured in seventeen movies of TV shows. Unfortunately, like so many other movie stars, the ship was not accessible, behind locked … Continue reading

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