Shipbuilding, boat making, sailing, navigation, and related pursuits
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-06 18:27
The Elizabethan era of English history was in many ways a time of transition including in the area of naval warfare. The recent discovery of the wreck of a small fighting ship off Alderney in the Channel Islands offers proof that Elizabeth's navy had "created the first ever set of uniform cannon, capable of firing the same size shot in a deadly barrage." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-04 17:52
Plans are finally underway for the construction of a museum honoring the Tudor warship Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship which sank in 1545 with the loss of 400 lives.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-12 16:21
Italian archaeologists are undertaking a project to raise an entire island which has been submerged in the lagoon of Venice since the 16th century. Among the artifacts they hope to recover is a remarkably preserved 13th century wooden galley.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-02-07 13:15
The twenty-first Medieval Studies conference at Penn State University will take on the all things nautical with Sailing the Western Sea: The Atlantic Ocean in Medieval Perspective. The conference will take place March 29 in State College, Pennsylvania.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-23 11:04
Marine archaeologists, led by a Scottish royal, are searching the silt of Tobermory Bay near Scotland's Isle of Mull for the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship reputed to have carried a hoard of treasure.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-07 21:46
A new study presents the theory that Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose was sunk by a French cannonball, a fact that was covered up to save the image of the English Navy.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-11-20 12:45
An amazing assortment of artifacts have been found beneath the waters on the Marmaris Sea near Istanbul with the discovery of what is thought to be the "first Byzantine port of the ancient city of Constantinople." The treasures are giving archaeologists a glimpse of life in 4th century Byzantium.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-10-26 16:53
Author Edward Kritzler, author of a new book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge has probably heard all the jokes about Jewish pirates, but he has the last laugh. Benjamin Ivry of the Jewish Daily Forward has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-25 19:02
Pieces of the 15th century ship discovered in 2002 on the River Usk went on display recently at Unit 22, Maesglas Industrial Estate in Newport, South Wales. Timbers from the ship are being removed individually from the site with hopes of future restoration.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-10-15 18:08
Archaeologists are working furiously to save the wreck of a 16th century Portuguese ship discovered recently on the Namibian coast. "This is perhaps the largest find in terms of artefacts from a shipwreck in this part of the world," said project manager Webber Ndoro.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-09-14 17:28
"The largest collection of antique shipwrecks ever found in Norway" has been unearthed at the site of a new highway near Oslo, Norway. At least nine well-preserved wooden ships dating to the early 17th century were uncovered near Bjoervika.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-08-24 19:37
New research on the sinking of the Tudor ship The Mary Rose speculates that the ship may have been lost due to the lack of English language skills by the mostly Spanish crew. The theory might help explain the cryptic shout of "George Carew, to another English ship, that his men were 'knaves I cannot rule.'"
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-08-07 17:18
Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia are hoping to shed new light on the 13th century battle between ships from the fleet of China’s emperor Kublai Khan and the Vietnamese general Tran Hung Dao, who defended the Bach Dang River near Hanoi.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-25 12:37
The July 2008 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a cover story on last year's voyage of the Viking replica ship Sea Stallion. The ship is scheduled to return to Denmark this summer.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-04 18:11
The Sea Stallion, the replica of the Danish longship which sailed from Denmark to Ireland in 2007, is scheduled to be returned to Denmark for exhibition.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-22 14:38
Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick of North Carolina State University has an intense interest in the historic climate. A recent paper by the professor and University of Calgary researcher Dr. Richard Callaghan, hopes to prove that Magellan's 1519 circumnavigation of the globe was aided by weather favorable weather condition including El Niño.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 10:24
Marine archaeologists are working to recover the cannons from an Elizabethan ship which sank near the Channel Islands in 1592. The big guns will be taken to the Tower of London for expert restoration and conservation.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-24 11:28
With gas prices at record highs, why not spend the summer on a different type of vacation? Why not go a-viking? Hugo and Hein Partners is selling a real 75 ft. (20 metre) Viking longship of the Gokstad type (which also runs on diesel fuel).
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-05-12 10:16
Geologists from De Beers, the diamond company, have discovered the wreck of a late 15th or early 16th century ship loaded with Spanish and Portuguese treasure behind a seawall in Namibia.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-05-11 18:25
Homesteading on the high seas? A radical idea? Not to Peter Thiel, who sees it as a new frontier. Thiel's partner in the concept is Patri Friedman, son of Duke Cariadoc, who compares the idea of "getting away from it all" with his childhood experiences at Pennsic.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-04-28 17:22
A new report by the Canadian government gives a detailed picture of Basque whaling and shipbuilding in 16th century Red Bay, Labrador. The report discusses artifacts discovered on the San Juan, a galeon sunk in 1565 and recently excavated.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-02-21 10:32
Scientists at England's Diamond synchrotron are using intense light beams to help understand sulphur compounds in the timbers of the British warship Mary Rose.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2008-02-20 16:17
Turkish archaeologists found a 2,000 year old lighthouse at the ancient Roman port of Patara. Built in the time of the Emperor Nero, it may be the oldest such structure that remains intact.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-02-11 12:12
England's lost city of Dunwich has become a region of interest for underwater archaeologists who want to explore the medieval city. Britain's "Atlantis" was lost due to coastal erosion and rediscovered in the 1970's.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-01-26 21:27
A YouTube video clip takes a look at the Navis Lusoria, a reconstruction of a late Roman period boat. (narration in German)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-01-21 21:51
Nathan Williams of the BBC's Timewatch discusses his voyage on the Viking ship Sea Stallion, which sailed from Denmark to Dublin during the summer of 2007. (photos and diagrams)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-12-26 18:56
A team of archaeologists believes it has discovered the remains of the Quedagh Merchant, a ship captained by William Kidd, off Catalina Island, a small island near the Dominican Republic.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-12-25 20:31
Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal was built on spice. Actually, it was funded with taxes raised from eastern spices brought back by the country's famous explorers.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-12-16 20:07
Portions of a Roman barge, dating to as early as the 2nd century C.E., will soon be removed from its muddy resting place according to archaeologists. It may well be the "oldest Roman transport vessel left in central Europe."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2007-12-14 19:35
Archaeologists are studying the buried remains of a ship from a Spanish colonization fleet led by Don Tristan de Luna.