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Was Blackbeard an Avid Reader?

(Image courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

What did Blackbeard and his pirate crew read on board Queen Anne’s Revenge?   Artifacts unexpectedly discovered in the wreckage of Blackbeard’s sunken flagship are helping researchers to determine if the infamous pirate captain and his 18th-century crew were literate and what sort of books they kept on board.

Researchers to Laser Scan Titanic Wreckage

File photo: the Titanic pictured in Cobh Harbour, in April 1912 (Photo: Cobh Heritage Centre)

A research team armed with the latest in state-of-the-art underwater technology will set out this summer to capture laser data of the RMS Titanic wreckage. The six-week expedition will depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland in June, sending scientists, content experts and mission specialists to explore

WWII Museum’s PT-305 Sails Again

(Photo: National World War II Museum)

Commercial workboat philanthropy on display on PT-305: WWII Museum’s PT-305 sails again after a far reaching donor-funded restoration.   In March, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans launched its reconstructed PT-305, built locally by Higgins Industries in 1943. The museum acquired the boat known as the USS Sudden Jerk in 2007,

Hospital Ship Sunk in Bristol Channel a Century Ago

HMHS Rewa (CREDIT Sailors society / Wikimedia)

One hundred years ago tomorrow (January 4) the sinking of a hospital ship by an infamous German U-boat commander caused outrage across Britain.   Wilhelm Werner broke international law when he fired on HMHS Rewa, killing four seafarers and causing the vessel to sink into the Bristol Channel, 19 miles off Hartland Point.

Australia Finds Wreck of First Allied Submarine to Sink in WW I

(Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

 Australia has discovered the wreck of its first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities said on Thursday, resolving one of the country’s oldest naval mysteries after more than a century.   The submarine, AE-1, was the first Allied vessel to sink during World War One, while patrolling for German warships in 1914,

Gold Rush: A $194B Gold Salvage Operation

Mike Bisset, Aleron Subsea Technical Director.

During World War I and World War II there were an estimated 7,500 merchant ships were sunk, 700 of which were carrying shipments of gold under U.K. Government direction, leaving an estimatd $194 billion in gold lying underwater. Britannia’s Gold Ltd. was created finance the recovery of targeted cargoes

APL Celebrates 150 Years in Japan

Photo: APL

The Yokohama Port and Habour Bureau, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation and Yokohama Port Corporation have paid tribute to APL for its contributions as one of Japan’s longest-serving shipping lines. As APL celebrates 150 years of shipping in Japan, the carrier also renews its commitment

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The U.S. Navy warship that famously fired the first American shot in World War II has been found resting on the seabed in Ormoc Bay near Ponson Island in the Philippines.   The historic vessel USS Ward was discovered and documented by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's expedition crew aboard Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel,

Fugro Joins Hunt for Long-lost WWI Sub

Australia’s first Navy submarine HMAS AE1 went missing more than 100 years ago off of what is now Papua New Guinea. To this day its location remains unknown. (Photo: Fugro)

The first submarine to serve the Royal Australian Navy was lost without a trace on September 14, 1914 while patrolling waters off then German New Guinea. Despite several search attempts over the last century, the fate of the vessel and the men on board remains unknown to this day.   As part of a new

Iconic USS Ranger Dismantled

(Photo: EMR)

 A two-year project to dismantle and recycle the decommissioned U.S. Navy vessel USS Ranger (CV-61) has recently concluded.   Ordered in 1954 and commissioned in 1957, the Ranger was the first U.S. carrier vessel built as an angled-deck ship from inception. She served in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf,

Bouchard Set to Celebrate a Century

(Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

In 2018 one of the U.S. premier vessel owners – Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (BTC) – celebrates its 100th year in business. Maritime Reporter looks at BTC’s evolution through the years.   The year 2018 is a celebration year for the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., which was founded in 1918 in New York Harbor by Capt.

Case Study: 3DSS-DX-450 Sonar

Figure 1: 3D sidescan image of the J.E. Boyden lying upright on the bottom of Lake Union as captured from the real-time 3DSS sonar display (Image: Ping DSP)

Before coming to rest at the bottom of Lake Union in Washington State, J.E. Boyden was once a common sight along the shores of Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. The 85-foot vessel served as a cargo hauler and tug vessel for almost half a century during the final days of the tallship bulk carriers. Originally

Vietnamese Boat Refugees, Rescuers Reunited at SUNY Maritime

Image CREDIT: SUNY Maritime

Five years after the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, life was unbearable for those who fought beside their American allies. Seven-year-old Lauren Vuong and her family had no choice but to escape. They left under the cover of night, cramming 62 people into a small wooden boat in a life or death gamble. After 10 days of storms,

Earliest Known Marine Navigation Tool Found

Scan of the astrolabe artifact (Credit: University of Warwick)

State-of-the-art laser scanning technology has helped researchers to confirm that an artifact recovered from the wreck of a sunken 15th century ship in the Indian Ocean is the earliest known marine navigation tool.   When the Blue Water Recovery team found the object in 2014, they believed it was

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