Nautical

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

Captain Kidd's ship found

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.

16th century monastery built on spice

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.

Roman barge to be salvaged in Cologne

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."

Archaeologists explore 450 year old shipwreck off Florida

Archaeologists are studying the buried remains of a ship from a Spanish colonization fleet led by Don Tristan de Luna.

"Perfect" 17th century shipwreck found in the Baltic Sea

A well-preserved ship dating to the 17th century has been discovered in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea. The ship is believed to have been a Dutch merchant vessel.

Newport ship closer to being identified

Researchers working on discovering information about the medieval ship found buried in the banks of the River Usk in Wales may be closer to identifying the ship. The 15th century ship is currently being cleaned and restored with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newport City Council.

The legacy of the Mary Rose

In the 25 years since the Mary Rose was raised, what have historians learned about the life and times of Tudor England? Finlo Rohrer of the BBC News Magazine has the story.

The Nina tours the southern U.S.

The Nina, "the Most Historically Accurate Replica of a Columbus Ship Ever Built," will be touring the southern United States during November and December 2007. Tours are available.

Viking ship in a bottle is a labor of love

Eduardo Raffaelli of Buenos Aires, Argentina documents the construction of an authentic Viking longship based on the Skuldelev 5 ship from the Roskilde fjord.

16th century Spanish ship found off Florida coast

Divers are examining the remains of a ship which sank off the coast of Pensacola, Florida during a hurricane in 1559. The ship is believed to be one of several Spanish ships sent to colonize the area. A previous ship was discovered 15 years ago.

Pirate U.

Are you a pirate who feels unappreciated? Perhaps you need a degree from St. Augustine Pirate University where you can complete "the course of study [in which] we will assist you in the reaffirmation of your knowledge by recognizing your achievements with the granting of a diploma in your chosen field of Pirateology."

Chicago Viking ship threatened - you can help

A replica Viking ship, a remnant of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, has been added to the list of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois. You can help by voting to save the ship.

Octopus finds 12th century dish

An octopus caught recently by a Korean fisherman was hauled on board clutching a 900-year-old piece of pottery. The catch has led to the discovery of more than 30 12th century bowls.

"Hornblower" props to go on the block

Over 300 of the props and costumes from the Hornblower television series will be auctioned in Maldon, Essex on October 3, 2007.

12th century ship to be salvaged in China

Work is underway to hoist a ship from the Song Dynasty (1127-1279) from the South China Sea in October 2007. The largest Song Dynasty cargo ship ever discovered, researchers expect to find between 60,000 and 80,000 artifacts on board.

Sea Stallion reaches Ireland

After several serious set-backs, the Viking ship Sea Stallion has reached Dublin, Ireland. The ship, with its 65-member crew, left Denmark on July 1, 2007 for the historic voyage.

Mary Rose besieged by bacteria

The Mary Rose, flagship to King Henry VIII, is facing a much more devious enemy than French warships: bacteria which produce a corrosive acid.

Viking ship towed

In an update on the Sea Stallion, a replica Viking ship heading from Norway to Ireland, the BBC reports that the ship was becalmed and needed to be towed.

Viking boat to be lifted from Irish river

A longboat, dating to the Viking era, is soon to be lifted from the River Boyne in Drogheda, Ireland. It is the first such discovery in Ireland.

Popsicle stick Viking ship to sail in the Netherlands

"Pick up your ice-cream sticks, send them to me and I will put them to use," said stuntman Robert McDonald to kids on a radio show. What he built from the 15 million sticks was a 15-metre Viking ship.

Voyage of the Sea Stallion

On July 1, 2007, a crew of 65 men and women set sail from Denmark to Dublin on a reconstructed Viking warship called the Sea Stallion. The project's goal was to recreate the journey of the Viking raiding parties.

Pirate Festival Parade

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A call goes out to every seafaring wench and buccaneer at heart to march and be noticed in the 11th Annual "Pirate Festival Parade" to be held on July 7th, 2007 at 12:00 noon in the town of Olcott, New York.

Here's a chance for all you fencers out there to show off your skills with a little swashbuckling action while jugglers can astound the crowd with your hand precision down the parade route. Not a fencer or juggler you say? Well not Location:
Olcott, New York

Old box's booty turns out to be bountiful

The small box buried nearly four centuries with the wreck of a Spanish galleon was gently pried open Friday afternoon.

Pirates, Knaves and Idiots!

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Avast, me hearties! The Bountiful Shire of Noiregarde would like to welcome all ye Land Lubbers and the like to join in on a weekend o’ fun at Pirates, Knaves and Idiots!

Thursday thru Sunday, June 21-24

Participation fee is a mere $10 (plus a $3 non-member charge)
Wee lads and lasses 13 years of age and under are free!

Feastin’ fer both Friday and Saturday eve will cost the mere pittance of a one-time only $10. Location:
Shire of Noiregarde (Beulah, Wyoming)

Viking Longship to Sail North Sea

The Sea Stallion of Glendalough, the "world's biggest and most ambitious Viking ship reconstruction," which is "modeled after a 950 year old warship excavated in 1962 from the Roskilde Fjord," will set sail on July 1 from Roskilde, Denmark on its voyage to Dublin, Ireland, a city whose founding is attributed to 9th century Vikings.

Atlantic shipwreck richest ever

Deep sea salvagers from Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration may have retrieved the "richest sunken treasure ever discovered: hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated US$500 million from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean."

Cutty Sark Burns

For those who love sailing ships, the famous British ship and "world's last surviving tea clipper," Cutty Sark, has been burned in what police are calling a "suspicious" circumstance.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Get pirattitude! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

For information on how to celebrate, visit the official, accept-no-substitutes, Talk Like A Pirate Day Web site at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

Ancient nautical and maritime terms translator

Julian Dixon has created a website to assist with the understanding of ancient nautical and maritime terms.

Pirates invade New Orleans

Shiver me timbers! Lock up yer daughters! The pirates are coming to New Orleans for the first ever Pyrate-con April 20-22, 2007.