Nautical

Shipbuilding, boat making, sailing, navigation, and related pursuits

Viking longboat reconstruction in Norway

On his blog, British woodworker Robin Wood writes about his participation in the construction of a full size replica of the Oseberg Viking longboat in Oslo, Norway.

Desperately seeking Sir Francis

The quest for the body of Sir Francis Drake, who died at sea in 1596, is on. Pat Croce, owner of a pirate museum, believes he has discovered the location of Drake's body off the coast of Panama.

Mongol shipwreck might be part of invasion force

In the 13th century, Mongol leader and Chinese ruler Kublai Khan attempted to invade Japan. A witness to the ill-fated attempt may have been found off the coast of Nagasaki in the form of a nearly-intact Chinese ship.

Viking sunstone may no longer be the stuff of legend

According to Hrafns Saga in the 13th century, the mighty king used a sunstone to navigate in cloudy weather. This is one of several texts that list such artifacts as among the legendary Norse seafaring abilities. New research suggests that the sunstone may be a real navigational tool.

Possible Roman Imperial shipyard discovered in Italy

Experts have discovered a huge building near the center of the complex at the ancient port of Rome which they believe was used for the maintenance of ships. If correct, the building would be part of the Roman Imperial shipyard, the "largest of its kind in Italy or the Mediterranean."

Calontir Fall 2011 activity photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has posted two albums of photos from recent activities in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

[GLE] Samhain 2011 Riverdance

The Barony of Grey Niche proudly presents a celebration of the river at Samhain 2011 Riverdance.

"Legendary Swedish warship Mars" found in Baltic Sea

Andreas Olsson, head archaeologist at the Royal Swedish Maritime museum, believes that a team of divers has discovered the wreck of the Mars, the "legendary Swedish warship lost in a sea battle with the Danish-Lübeckian navy in 1564."

Roman port discovery "exceeds all expectations"

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman port near Newport, Wales, only the second of such ports known from Roman Britain. Excavation has revealed the main quay wall, as well as the landing stages and wharves.

Saxon logboat on display in Portsmouth

Visitors to the Portsmouth City Museum will be able to view the remains of a 6th century Saxon logboat found in Langstone Harbour in 2003. (photo)

Viking longship sails on "Wings of Hope"

Jack reports that he has uploaded two videos of the christening and launching of Calontir's cardboard longship as part of a fund raiser for the Wings of Hope charity.

Medieval ship found in Swedish waters

The intact shipwreck of a cog, a ship used in the Baltic between the 12th and 14th centuries, has been discovered off the island of Gotland. The ship was discovered during a sonar survey and may be one of the oldest intact wrecks ever found.

[ATE] Ren Man/Woman

The time has come for all ye rogues, pirates, privateers and to their counterparts of the academy and great schools of defense to rise and answer the call of the premier indoor Rapier event in the kingdom.

16th century Chinese bronze found in shipwreck off Mexico

A 16th century Chinese bronze in the form of a Foo Dog has been found off the Pacific coast of Baja, Mexico. The artifact is believed to come from the cargo of the galleon San Felipe which disappeared in 1576.

Spirit of the Vikings upheld in cardboard boat

Baron Dahrien Cordell reports that a group of friends from the Barony of Three Rivers in Calontir plan to build an entry for the Wings of Hope charity cardboard boat race. Their entry: a Viking longship, of course! (photos)

Columbus' ships to visit U.S. shores summer 2011

The Columbus Foundation will sponsor a tour of two of its historical replicas, the Niña and the Pinta, to locations in the northeast and Great Lakes of the United States in 2011.

Diary of Siege of Constantinople online

In 1453, Italian surgeon Nicolo Barbaro recorded his account of the siege and fall of Constantinople. The diary is now available to read online.

Roman plain yields ancient ship

“It’s a unique find. At that depth, we have never found a ship," said Anna Maria Moretti, archaeological superintendent for Rome and Ostia, about the discovery of a wooden vessel 4 meters beneath the ground near the modern city of Ostia.

Scotland's Viking shipbuilders

Archaeologists are investigating a 12th century Norse shipbuilding site on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  So far they have found boat timbers, a stone dock, and part of a man-made canal.

Final flight of the Endeavour to carry Mary Rose artifact

John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, is sending a piece of history into space: "a parrel, a three-inch wooden ball used as part of the mechanism to hoist the sails of Henry VIII's flagship." The artifact will be launched into orbit with the space shuttle Endeavour. (photos)

Lusoria Rhenana set to sail in Germany

A group of Roman history enthusiasts in Germany have constructed a replica of a Roman military riverboat. The Lusoria Rhenana is scheduled to take her maiden voyage in the summer of 2011 near Woerth-am-Rhein.

[MID] Battle of the Inland Seas XVII

Presenting Battle of the Inland Seas XVII : Arrrrgh - Pirates RETURN! May 20 - 22, 2011

[WES] See the Sea

The Shire of Pavlok Gorod is pleased to announce Mistress Tama's annual birthday celebration: See the Sea
September 16-18, 2011

Learn to sail a Viking ship

Vikings and Viking-wannabes may want to consider enrolling in a course in rowing and sailing square-sail boats to take place May 26-29, 2011 in Skudeneshavn, Norway.

[DRA] Nautical Revel

On behalf of the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn, I invite one and all to join us at our Nautical Revel on Saturday March 12, 2011.

[GLE] Plunderers & Privateers

Ahoy there! Many a culture lived and died on the seven seas! Join the crew of the Shire of Iron Ox as we follow the code and set sail for High Adventure!

Was Columbus really Polish?

An international team of distinguished professors have a new theory on the origins of Christopher Columbus: the explorer was really the son of Vladislav III, an exiled King of Poland.

Indonesian fishermen find medieval shipwreck

Fishermen in Indonesia have found a shipwreck that probably dates to the 14th century. The wooden ship contains green and gray ceramics similar to what Chinese merchants traded at the time.

Vikings raid southern Maryland

The Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland (USA) had some unusual guests when a company of Vikings - longship and all - sailed into port. The Longship Company sailed their ship, the Sae Hrafn, to the museum's boating basin for a day of education and entertainment.

Mary Rose artifacts on display for the first time

In late 2009, previously unseen artifacts found on the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship, were put on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The artifacts will be included in the exhibits at the new Mary Rose Museum scheduled to open in 2012. (photos)