Charles W. Morgan Launched at Mystic Seaport [GALLERY]

Photo: Mystic Seaport

The United States’ oldest commercial vessel and the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship was re-launched this past weekend at Mystic Seaport, exactly 172 years after the vessel's initial launch. The Morgan was hauled out in November 2008 for an extensive $15 million restoration at the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The rebuild focussed on … [Read more...]

U.S.’ Oldest Commercial Vessel and World’s Last Wooden Whaling Ship to Be Re-Launched

Charles W. Morgan. Photo courtesy Mystic Seaport

The United States' oldest commercial vessel still afloat will be re-launched this weekend on the 172nd anniversary of the vessel's initial launch. The ship, the Charles W. Morgan whaleship, has undergone a multi-year, comprehensive restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The project, which began in November 2008, renewed … [Read more...]

Submarine Grave Discovery Propels New York Explorers’ Movie Bid

USS R-12 (SS-89)

By Anna Edgerton June 10 (Bloomberg) -- A team of New York-based explorers took Helen Cashell Baldwin out in their research vessel off the coast of Key West, Florida last summer. More than 600 feet below lay the wreckage of a World War II submarine -- the final resting place of her father and 41 fellow sailors. Baldwin, 78, threw a rose into the water and whispered her … [Read more...]

Ship Photo Of The Week – S/S Ayrfield, The Floating Forest

S/S Ayrfield floating-forest

On the south bank of the Parramatta River, 16 kilometers west of Sydney, is Homebush Bay. Established in the 1800s the area served various purposes until 1970 when the Australian government leased the bay to private companies looking for a spot to break-up old ships. The S/S Ayrfield, a steel-hulled, single screw, steam collier of 1140 tonnes and 79.1m in length, arrived in … [Read more...]

Is This a Sonar Image of Amelia Earhart’s Plane?

Is this a sonar image Amelia Earhart's plane? Image credit: TIGHAR

A grainy sonar image taken just offshore a remote south Pacific island could reveal the remains of Amelia Earhart's plane, according to a group of experts with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been searching for the answer to one of history's great mysteries. TIGHAR this week released details of a recent expedition to the island … [Read more...]

Historic Sea Forts of England


Historic Sea Forts An armada of sea forts were built during World War II specifically designed to repel smaller aircraft flying in to attack Great Britain. Each fort consisted of a cluster of smaller units arrayed in a group. Each group had one spotlight tower and the rest of the units had guns mounted all around to give maximum coverage. Each fort was connected by bridges to … [Read more...]