Jonathan Amos at the BBC reports that a team of scientists will attempt to locate the wreck when they visit the area to study the Larsen C Ice Shelf, the mega-iceberg that broke off the continent last July.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 ship first set sail in 1967 and was considered to be an engineering marvel. Over the years, the ship has welcomed guests including Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Taylor, Buzz Aldrin and David Bowie. In her lifetime the QE2 would complete 1,400 voyages before retiring in 2008. MORE
HMS Resource was a Royal Navy fleet repair ship built by Vickers-Armstrongs; launched in 1928. Served in the Second World War. Scrapped Inverkeithing in February, 1954. Photo
Commissioned in 1858 and named for the niece of unmarried President James Buchanan, the revenue cutter represented one of the most technologically advanced steamships in federal service in 1861. MORE
For nearly two years, beginning in the spring of 1881, beloved Boston-born American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) lived and worked in the remote northern English fishing village of Cullercoats. This decision to abandon the American art world at the height of his fame for an isolated English hamlet dramatically altered Homer’s life and art. The paintings, drawings, and prints of Homer’s English period bear the mark of the influences he encountered there and focus on the hardships and joys of life along the waterfront.
America’s largest mass pirate burial ground has been discovered and it contains the remains of the crew of Captain Black Sam Bellamy, the revolutionary “Robin Hood of the sea”, researchers believe.
The site on the shores of Cape Cod may contain the bodies of as many as 102 men whose corpses were washed ashore after their ship, the Whydah, sank while still carrying much of the treasure that had made Bellamy the highest-earning pirate of all time. MORE
Smeaton’s Tower is a memorial to celebrated civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse. A major step forward in lighthouse design, Smeaton’s structure was in use from 1759 to 1877. It stands today on Plymouth Hoe in Plymouth, Devon, UK.
The British coastline is littered with well over 300 lighthouses, each with its own unique story. Illustrator Ben Langworthy has recently embarked on a project in which he researches and draws each one, starting with Smeaton’s Tower. READ on Caught By the River (via Maritime Monday intern Simon Egleton)
Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the British Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other. Season One Trailer
The British Royal Navy has a nearly 500-year history, but one of the most fascinating — and terrifying — journeys ever made was Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition. The new AMC series The Terror is inspired by the true story of the failed exploration captained by Sir John Franklin, but is actually based on the novel The Terror by Dan Simmons