Shipbuilding, boat making, sailing, navigation, and related pursuits
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-05-02 14:56
In 2005, a team of divers with the Barra Sul Project discovered the remains of a ship off the coast of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Now they believe that vessel may have been a lost supply ship sent by Spain to build two forts on the Strait of Magellan.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-04-17 18:28
Take in inside look at the artifacts recovered from the Tudor ship the Mary Rose with BBC South Today's Sally Taylor and historic weapon expert and actor Robert Hardy in a BBC video clip.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-04-06 10:40
Sports physiologists are examining the skeletons found on the Mary Rose, an English ship that sank in 1545. They are looking for stress injuries and other markers that would indicate which skeletons were professional archers.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-03-30 15:23
The U.S. Government is set to name a spot north of San Francisco, California after Sir Francis Drake, giving credance to that spot as the true location where Drake landed and claimed "Nova Albion" for Elizabeth I.
Submitted by Mathilda on Fri, 2012-03-02 10:57
"Dragons of the North: The World of Viking Longships" is the title of a presentation being given at the Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio on March 16 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-16 12:18
Experts from the Swedish Maritime Museum are thrilled by the discovery of five shipwrecks dating to the 16th through 18th centuries, found during a quay renovation in central Stockholm. The ships, some measuring 20 meters (66 feet), are in good condition.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-09 16:21
Team Wench will hold its eleventh annual Privateer Feast on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Earleigh Heights VFC in Severna Park, Maryland.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-21 17:53
In 1545, Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose sank while fighting the French in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight in England. The remains of the ship were rediscovered in 1971, catching the imagination of historians worldwide. A documentary, Ghosts of the Mary Rose, is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-01-04 09:59
Archaeologists working on a dig in Chatham, England have confirmed that a dockyard dating to the time oif Henry VIII existed on the site of the Command House pub on the banks of River Medway. Officials hope to make a bid to declare the dockyard a World Heritage site.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-12-21 14:49
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-12-04 09:17
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-11-30 16:49
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-11-22 16:08
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-11-12 18:19
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."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-16 18:27
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-13 17:21
The Barony of Grey Niche proudly presents a celebration of the river at Samhain 2011 Riverdance.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-18 17:10
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."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-09-16 16:57
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-04 08:18
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)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-08-26 19:02
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2011-07-28 10:53
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-07-21 17:30
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2011-07-18 15:50
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-07-14 11:54
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)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-06-27 08:16
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-06-26 21:42
In 1453, Italian surgeon Nicolo Barbaro recorded his account of the siege and fall of Constantinople. The diary is now available to read online.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-05-24 22:43
“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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-05-24 16:37
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-05-11 09:25
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)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-05-09 20:29
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.