Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

The Oldest Indian Ocean Shipwreck and the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea

Sometime around the 60 CE, a Greek merchant, whose name is lost to history, wrote a guide, The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.  Periplus is the Latinization of the Greek word περίπλους (periplous, contracted from periploos), literally “a sailing-around.”  While Erythraean literally … Continue reading

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Serious Threat to Endangered Whales – Ship Strikes & Entangling Nets

One of the greatest threats to many endangered species of whale is being run down by ships or getting entangled in fishing nets.  This week, federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay that features … Continue reading

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Diving HMS Hermes

Last Friday we posted about the USS Arthur W Radford as an artificial reef.  Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing on this video of the wreck of  HMS Hermes, which is a popular dive site off near Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.   … Continue reading

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The ‘impossible’ voyage of a Tamil ghost ship

Despite all odds, earlier this month, 492 Tamil refugees arrived in Vancouver in an old and barely seaworthy ship, then named the Sun Sea.  The Tamil Ghost ship, as she has been dubbed,  had been intermittently tracked by the maritime authorities of various nations as she … Continue reading

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