Nautical

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

16th Century Turkish Warship Found Off Cyprus

Amateur divers off the coast of Cyprus have stumbled across the wreck of a ship believed to have taken part in the 1570 to 1571 Ottoman siege of Famagusta.

Who's Afraid Beowulf 4: Hrafnafjordr Gone Wild!

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It started as an idea and has grown into a legend. Alas, all good things come to an end. That's right, Oertha has a new prince and princess and as the summer wanes, it's time for "Who's Afraid of Beowulf 4!"

This will be the last installment of our saga. The great Hrafnafjordr Axe of Might has long carried the spirit of The Beast Grendel within it and has corrupted the shire's Champion. Now the call goes out to find a new hero, one who can defeat the old champion, now turned wicked, and lay waste to the spirit of Grendel himself, freeing the Shire from evil, once and for all....In addition to the championship tourney there will be contests aplenty to celebrate the Viking spirit in all of us including miniature Viking boat building (extra points for authenticity and if it is able to float and hold a small amount of weight), Viking booty call (fashion show) and a good old fashioned beserker contest.  As the evening winds down, come over Byfrost to Valhalla, where we will feast with those who died in honorable combat against the monster that day. Bring your own spirits and a good voice to the Bardic fire. This is the LAST BEOWULF!! Be there or be...uh... square! Lord Gunnar's duties call him elsewhere and he has passed the torch on to other shire folk. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Soldotna, Alaska)

Bjornsborg Visits the Library

Members of the Barony of Bjornsborg in San Antonio, Texas "sailed" into the Semmes Branch Library at Comanche Lookout Park on July 1, 2006. The local SCA group presented a demo for library patrons. Chuck McCollough of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Replica of Godspeed to Sail

The Godspeed is set to sail this summer. A replica of the 17th century ship that carried the first settlers to Jamestown, Virginia, the ship will be touring the East Coast of the United States.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 16, 1620

William Adams, the first Englishman to reach Japan, died on May 16, 1620.

Heyerdahl Sails Again; Re-enactor's Descendant Repeats his Feat

The grandson of Thor Heyerdahl is re-enacting his grandfather's 1947 re-enactment of a hypothetical ancient voyage from South America to the Polynesian islands.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 13, 1501

Amerigo Vespucci departed Lisbon on May 13, 1501 on the voyage that would put his name on two continents.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 9, 1386

On May 9, 1386, England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, a pledge of mutual assistance which remains in effect to this day.

Pillage, Plunder, and Rapier

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AHOY!!... Me Hearties. Stand to - come about - and weigh anchor. Man the gunwalls - Draw up the riggings on that mizzen. And Hoist me Colors! The time draws near - so make ready your coffers! Booty beckons from the depths of the Hills. (The *Endless Hills* that is)

"Pillage, Plunder, and Rapier "  {{returns}}
September 9, 2006
Lacawac Sanctuary  (no street address)
http://www.lacawac.org/ Location:
Barony of Endless Hills (Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania)

Rubber Ducky Races at West Kingdom Beltane Event

Their Highnesses, the Princesses of the West Kingdom, have announced that They will sponsor a Rubber Duckie Regatta at Beltane Coronation April 29, 2006. The race will benefit Toys for Tots.

7th Century Cambodian Ship Discovered

Cambodian archaeologists have discovered the remains of a wooden sailing ship thought to date back to the 7th century, pre-Angkorian Nokor Phnom era.

Naval Construction Site Yields 16th Century Shipwreck

The Associated Press reports that a construction crew working at Pensacola's Naval Air Station in Florida has discovered a 16th century Spanish ship buried in the sand.

Historian says Australia not discovered by the Portuguese

Recent theories have led to speculation that Portuguese mariner Cristovao de Mendonca may have reached Australia in the 16th century, but not so, according to historian Michael Pearson.

Columbus mystery nearly solved 500 yrs after death

Debate about origins and final resting place of Columbus has raged for over a century, with historians questioning the traditional theory that he hails from Genoa, Italy. Some say he was a Spanish Jew, a Greek, a Basque or Portuguese.

Researchers Debate Fate of 14th Century Ship

Archaeologists in Stockholm, Sweden are debating the best method to handle a 14th century ship discovered buried in the mud of a bay in central Stockholm. Parts of the ship may be too delicate to remove.

Medieval Ship had Lucky Coin

A silver French coin, inscribed in Latin, has been discovered in the keel of the medieval ship found in Newport. Researchers believe this proves that the ship was French in origin.

French Coin Found in Newport Ship

Archaeologist Angela Karsten has discovered a 15th century French silver coin embedded in the keel of the Newport ship, a medieval vessel uncovered on the banks of the river Usk three years ago, leading experts to believe that the ship originated in France.

Byzantine Discoveries Could Jeopardize Turkish Tunnel Plans

The recent discovery of the original port of Constantinople on the banks of the Bosporus may throw a monkey wrench into Turkey's ambitious plan to construct a UK£2 billion train tunnel linking Europe to Asia.

Starry-eyed Surprise: Medieval Astronomy

Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.

Arr! Was Columbus a Pirate?

Researchers in Spain plan to compare DNA from hundreds of residents of Catalan with the surname Colom to determine if the explorer was an Italian or really a Catalan pirate.

Vikings on the BIG Screen

IMAX theaters around the Uunited States are currently showing a new film entitled Vikings: A Journey to the New World.

Michael of Rhodes Website Online

15th century Venetian sailor Michael of Rhodes is the subject of a website which chronicles his works on astrology, navigation and calendrical computations.

Mystery of 'Unicorn' Whale Solved

The narwhal, known in folklore as the "unicorn whale" for its spiraling tusk, has been a mystery to scientists and traditional Inuit cultures alike, for no one could explain the purpose of the tusk. Now a researcher from Harvard says he has the answer.

Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

Skeleton Discovered Under 15th Century Ship is Much Older

Experts examining an Iron Age skeleton found discovered buried beneath a medieval ship in Newport, South Wales, say it is "remarkably well preserved." Tests on the bones by forensic archaeologists at Lampeter University, Mid Wales, have shown that they date back to 170 B.C.

Lottery fund to help pay for analysis of medieval ship

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for a project to examine the medieval ship buried in the banks of the River Usk, in Newport.

Jamestown Exploration Puzzle May be Solved

Researchers have long questioned Captain John Smith's claim that he explored much of the Nanticoke River in Virginia in a brief, three-day period during the summer of 1608. Now a new expedition may give them answers.

MIT & MythBusters Take on Archimedes' "Death Ray"

After the failure of Jamie and Adam to reconstruct a working model of Archimedes' death ray for Mythbusters, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken up the challenge.

Mary Rose Anchor Raised

As work on the wreck of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose continues, archaeologists announced that the anchor has been recovered.

Viking Longboats for Sale

You, too, can go a-Viking! DirectBoats.com is selling replica Viking longboats. "Great for theme parks and rental operations." And, they're on sale!