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Maritime Museum Gets Mannheim Convention

From left to right: Bert Boer (General Director Maritime Museum), Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management), Allard Castelein (CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority). Photographer: Marco de Swart

Netherlands' minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) accepted the unique document 'Mannheim Convention', which has ensured free trade on the Rhine for over a century and a half, on behalf of Maritime Museum Rotterdam.To mark the 150th anniversary of the convention,

Race Against WW II Shipwrecks Oil Spill

Image: MV Ocean Recovery

A remediation programme to protect island ecosystems from damage caused by oil pollution from World War II wrecks sunk in the Pacific Ocean will launch in Newcastle Harbour today (Thursday 23 May).The programme is the result of a partnership between Major Projects Foundation, the Secretariat of the

Hamburg Süd History is Museum Bound

Photo: copyrighted “Hamburg Süd”

Hamburg Süd and the International Maritime Museum Hamburg (IMMH) have signed an agreement to catalog and display the historical collection of the shipping company, which was founded in 1871. Using images, ship models, documents and other artefacts from Hamburg Süd’s archive, the

This Day in History: Texas City Disaster

On 16 April 1947, in the port of Texas City, Texas, the freighter GRANDCAMP, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, small arms ammunition, machinery, and sisal twine, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the nearby freighter HIGH FLYER, loaded with ammonium nitrate and sulfur. When the two ships exploded, it largely flattened the harbor area.

Queens of the Oceans Come for Hamburg's Port Anniversary

Image: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Four magnificent tall ships  will come to Hamburg for the 830th Hamburg Port Anniversary from 10 to 12 May – Alexander von Humboldt II, Kruzenshtern, Sedov and Mir.The Queens of the oceans will participate in the grand arrival and departure parades in the heart of the city, on the Friday and Sunday respectively,

Wreckage of USS Wasp CV-7 Discovered

The R/V Petrel, owned by Microsoft Cofounder and Philanthropist Paul G. Allen, at sea in search of the USS Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The expedition crew aboard the late Paul G. Allen’s research vessel (R/V) Petrel discovered wreckage from USS Wasp (CV 7), which was sunk in 1942.Wasp, found Jan. 14, was sunk Sept. 15, 1942, by four Japanese torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-19 while escorting transports carrying the Seventh Marine Regiment to Guadalcanal as reinforcements.

On this Date 1757: ADM John Byng Executed

On 14 March 1757, Admiral John Byng, Royal Navy, was executed by firing squad while he was kneeling on the forecastle of HMS Monarch in the Solent. Admiral Byng had been court-martialed for personal cowardice, disaffection, and for not having done his utmost to prevent Minorca from falling to the French

Australia Searching for Lost WWII Destroyer

HMAS Vampire (© Commonwealth of Australia 2018)

A joint effort between the Royal Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy will set out to solve one of the remaining maritime mysteries of World War II, after new information has come to light regarding the whereabouts of a sunken warship.Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire sank on April 9, 1942 as the

On this Date: Herald of Free Enterprise

On March 6 1987 the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized minutes after leaving the harbor in Zeebrugge, Belgium.Herald of Free Enterprise  was a double-ended ro-ro car and passenger ferry operating between Bruges-Zeebrougge, Belgium and Dover, England. On 6 March 1987, it departed Bruges-Zeebrougge with a crew of 80,

Today in Maritime History: Sinking of MV Wilhelm Gustloff

MV Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to evacuate troops,

Wightlink Says Goodbye to its Oldest Ferry, St Cecilia

Image: Wightlink

The ferry company operating routes between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in southern England Wightlink will bid farewell to its oldest ferry St Cecilia on Friday 25 January 2019."She will be retiring to the Mediterranean, joining her sisters St Helen and St Catherine at the Italian ferry company

Mission to Seafarers Signs MoU with Panama

Pic: The Mission to Seafarers

The Christian welfare charity serving merchant crews around the world 'The Mission to Seafarers' has signed an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority for the provision of seafarer welfare services, making us the first seafarer charity to operate in Panama.A press release from the international

Oil Removed from WWII Era Shipwreck

(U.S. Navy photo by LeighAhn Ferrari)

A U.S. Navy led team has removed 229,000 gallons of oil from a sunken World War II era German heavy cruiser that has been resting on the seafloor near the Marshall Islands for more than 70 years.After being transferred to the U.S. as a war prize, the cruiser Prinz Eugen was loaded with oil and cargo

Ancient Shipwrecks Found in Greek Waters Tell Tale of Trade Routes

(Photo by Vasilis Mentogianis / RPM Nautical Foundation)

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient wrecks ever found in the Aegean and possibly the whole of the Mediterranean.The wrecks lie in the small island archipelago of Fournoi, in the Eastern Aegean,

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