Shunned By Her Hometown, Historic Ship May Be Scrapped

101 years ago the steel-hulled four-masted barque Peking, one of the last windjammers ever built, was launched at Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. She worked mostly in the nitrate and wheat trades around South America's treacherous Cape Horn, but also saw service against her home nation during World War II while serving in the Royal Navy as HMS Pekin. In … [Read more...]

X-rays machines, lasers, used to restore the world’s only remaining wooden whaling ship

Historians at the Mystic Seaport Museum are turning to advanced new technologies in order to restore the world's last remaining wooden whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan. The whaleship, built in 1841, has been on display at the Connecticut museum for nearly 60 years and, for the first time, is being retrofitted to once again sail on the highseas.  The New York Times has the … [Read more...]

Intrepid Re-Opened for Business

New York's Intrepid Air & Space Museum officially re-opened for business on Saturday for the first time since September 31, 2006.  The grand opening on Saturday morning was marked by a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by: George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company; Connie Fishman, CEO of Hudson River Park Trust; Intrepid officials and former crewmembers.  An evening … [Read more...]

New Exhibit On National Mall Explores The Depths of The Ocean

NOAA has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institute to bring the depths of the ocean to the National Mall, in Washington D.C.  This past weekend, the Institute inaugurated the Sant Ocean Hall in the National Museum of Natural History: an exhibit that aims to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and the effect of human activities on marine life.  NOAA tells us about the … [Read more...]