Nautical

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

"Seaman Swan" Offers Insight into Sailor's Life

The remains of a crewman of Oliver Cromwell's ship, discovered off the coast of Scotland, show that the sailor "had the body of a trapeze artist" and probably worked in the rigging.

14th Century Norwegian Shipwreck Well Preserved

The remains of a 14th century ship, discovered 50 years ago in the Skien River of Norway, are the focus of a new archaeological study.

Discovery: Scientists Seek Santa Maria

Archaeologist Kathleen Deagan believes she may have found the resting site of Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria.

Cromwell's Flagship Found in Ireland?

Underwater archaeologists working on a wreck of a 17th century ship off the coast of Ireland believe that it may be the flagship of English ruler Oliver Cromwell.

In Drake's Wake

Owners of a replica of Sir Francis Drake's galleon, the Golden Hinde, seek a part-time captain for the ship.

Viking vessel ready to raid Dublin

A replica Viking ship, based on a 9th century ship constructed in Dublin, is in the final stages of preparation at the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde in Norway.

Bow Timbers of the "Mary Rose" Found

Twenty years after the Mary Rose was dramatically raised from the seabed, marine archaeologists have found the bow of the ship.

Basque galleon discovered at Red Bay harbor off Labrador coast

A 16th century Basque ship has been found off the coast of Newfoundland, the fourth such ship to have been found in the area.

Divers Investigate Wreck of the Mary Rose

England's Ministry of Defence has funded exploration of the site of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose which lies at the bottom of Portsmouth Harbor.

American Firm Investigates Salvaging Sussex

An American salvage company is investigating the possibility of salvaging the British warship Sussex which sank off the coast of Gibraltor in 1694.

"Chaucer's Treatise on Using an Astrolabe" Sparks Interest in Navigational Instruments

In 1391, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a treatise on how to use an astrolabe. A transcription of the work is now available online, which sparked a discussion of navigational instruments on the Lochac list.

Pirates Invade the Internet

What comes after Q? Arrrrrr. It's pirates all the way as Dame Aoife shares her links for websites dealing with historical pirates.

Learning from Historical Explorers

Aoife shares a list of annotated links dealing with period explorers.