History


Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Maersk Sealand Shipping Container
Video

Did An American Truck Driver Change Ocean Shipping Forever?

In this episode of What is Going on With Shipping, gCaptain contributor Sal Mercogliano, discusses the 66th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Ideal X with

May 3, 2022
Total Views: 10900

Monday, April 25, 2022
ANZAC Merchant NAvy Troop-ship
Blog

Anzac Day, Lest We Forget World War’s Longest Lifeline

“The Merchant Navy has no real way of displaying its capabilities. There is no compulsory wearing of uniforms, no street parades led by fine military

April 25, 2022
Total Views: 3817

Friday, April 8, 2022
Ports

Why Did Russia Sell Alaska, The United State’s Gateway To The Arctic?

The tensions with Russia are rising, while global warming is opening up the Northwest Passage. As a result, the US Navy and US Coast Guard are increasing

April 8, 2022
Total Views: 5450

Sunday, March 13, 2022
Video

What Happened To Nuclear Cruise Ships?

With sleek, futuristic lines and shining red and white paint, the world’s first nuclear passenger ship N/S Savannah was designed to stand out but what

March 13, 2022
Total Views: 4357

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
icebreacker S.A. Aguhlas
Maritime News

Ernest Shackleton’s Ship Endurance Discovered Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice

By Michael Holden (Reuters) – The wreckage of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship “Endurance,” which was

March 9, 2022
Total Views: 11958

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Defense

Today We Remember Pearl Harbor – 80 Years Ago Today

It's been 71 years since Japan attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, the single catastrophic event that launched the United States into World War

December 7, 2021
Total Views: 1620

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Captain Mulzac
Maritime News

Pioneering Black Ship Captain Honored Alongside Merchant Marine Veterans Of WWII

Hundreds gathered on Thursday at the maritime industry’s fastest growing annual event to celebrate Merchant Marine veterans of all wars and honor the

September 26, 2021
Total Views: 3816

Saturday, September 11, 2021
September 11 flotilla commemoration
Shipping

BOATLIFT is An Amazing Tale of 9/11 Heroism

As the World Trade Center buildings burned and collapsed on September 11, 2001, over a half million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by American

September 11, 2021
Total Views: 2921

Sunday, August 15, 2021
King Khufu's solar boat
Blog

World’s Oldest Ship Moved To Grand Egyptian Museum

by Sameh El-Khatib  (Reuters) King Khufu’s Boat, an ancient vessel that is the oldest and largest wooden ship discovered, has been painstakingly moved

August 15, 2021
Total Views: 3874

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Capt Hugh-Mulzac-first-black-master-mariner
Blog

Captain Mulzac WW2 Hero and America’s First Black Master Mariner

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, it faced a shortage of merchant mariners. With supplies in desperate needs overseas a massive

February 16, 2021
Total Views: 4289

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Navy

America’s First Black Sailors

“British gold and promises of personal freedom served as futile incentives among the Negroes of the American Navy; for them, the proud consciousness of duty

February 2, 2021
Total Views: 2505

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
American Flag Ship
Blog

Veteran’s Day In Peace And War

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) This Veteran’s Day we remember the thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who

November 11, 2020
Total Views: 159

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Blog

Sailor Slang: What does it mean to “Meet In Snug Harbor”?

Often times mariners are heard joking to each other that “They will meet up again in Snug Harbor“.  What does this mean? Well, Snug

January 12, 2020
Total Views: 233

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The spine of Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington
Maritime News

Icebound: The Climate-Change Secrets of 19th Century Ship’s Logbooks

By Andrew R.C. Marshall OXFORD, England, Dec 11 (Reuters) – On November 14, 1881, an American called George Melville limped across a frozen delta in

December 11, 2019
Total Views: 79

Sunday, May 12, 2019
uscgc citrus
Blog

Limitations of Crew and Equipment: Almost Sinking in Ouzinkie Narrows Alaska

Life onboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Citrus (WLB 300), a 180 ft. ocean-going buoy tender was normal on Monday morning, 26 February 1979. Citrus was underway,

May 12, 2019
Total Views: 152

Friday, August 31, 2018
Maritime News

Bankrupt Titanic Collector Is Selling Everything

by Dawn McCarty (Bloomberg) The story of the doomed luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic proved so alluring that divers were searching for the wreck seven decades after

August 31, 2018
Total Views: 365

Friday, June 1, 2018
british trent disaster
Maritime News

Nine Seafarers Killed in Fireball Remembered on 25th Anniversary of British Trent Disaster

UK-based maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society has commemorated the 25th anniversary of the British Trent disaster by laying a wreath underneath the

June 1, 2018
Total Views: 315

Friday, February 2, 2018
Brooklyn Navy Yard Navy Warship Dry Docking
Navy

Historic Shipyard Turns From Ships To Technology

by David M. Levitt (Bloomberg) — America may never recover its glory as a manufacturing powerhouse, but the Brooklyn Navy Yard is doing what it can,

February 2, 2018
Total Views: 24

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
earliest known astrolabe
News

500-Year-Old Astrolabe May be ‘Earliest Marine Navigation Tool’ Ever Discovered

Researchers at the University of Warwick have identified what is believed to be the earliest known marine navigation tool ever discovered.  The artifact,

October 25, 2017
Total Views: 36

Thursday, April 20, 2017
USCGC STRATTON Racing Stripe
Interesting

How The Coast Guard Earned Its Orange And Blue Stripes

by Diana Honings – In the modern history of the United States Coast Guard, there has been a rapid shift from mistaken identity to a brand

April 20, 2017
Total Views: 5697