• One of two surviving Liberty ships preserved in the United States, Jeremiah O’Brien is the last un-altered Liberty. The ship is a product of an emergency shipbuilding program of World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 ...
  • EDWARD ALLCARD, who has died aged 102, was a member of a band of yachtsmen who opened up the world’s oceans in the postwar years; he was best known for the remarkable voyages he made in his 34 ft two-masted yawl-rigged gaff cutter Temptress, in ...
  • SS Aparima The Union Company was formed in Dunedin in 1875 to operate ships in the NZ coastal service  following in 1876 with the commencement of a Trans Tasman service. The Company’s direct association with ship-owning in Australia commenced in ...
  • The S.S. Orcades, of the Orient Steam Navigation Company, was torpedoed by U-172 and sunk in the South Atlantic on 10 October 1942. The following account is given in David Masters’ In Peril on the Sea: ‘The liner Orcades with 711 passengers and 354 ...
  • At 1100 hours 3rd June 1942 BHP’s Iron Chieftain sailed from Newcastle on her ill- fated voyage to Whyalla with her cargo of coke and ship building construction material for the ships being built at the Whyalla yard. Later that evening at 2240 hours ...
  • An amateur historian in Japan has unearthed a crucial piece of a puzzle which ties in to an intriguing chapter of Australian history. The brig Cyprus was an Australian supply ship that was hijacked in 1829 in Tasmania by a group of convicts and ...
  • Rarely if ever before has so deep and so general a gloom been cast over the community of this colony as that which has been occasioned by the sad catastrophe which occurred in Torres Straits on Friday night. The wreck of the R.M.S. Quetta in the ...
  • The identity of a 17th Century ship wrecked off the Dorset coast has been revealed. The so-called Swash Channel Wreck was discovered in a sand and shingle bank outside Poole Harbour. Experts believe it to be a Dutch merchant vessel named The Fame ...
  • Charles E. Peabody was born into the old-line family that launched the infamous Black Ball Line's scheduled sailings in 1817 out of a New York pier with the packet ship James Monroe. The Black Ball Line was initially known for textile importer ...
  • What They Found Inside The Sunken Remains Of A 150-Year-Old Steamboat Is Still Edible In 1856, the Steamboat Arabia left the banks of Kansas City on a routine supply trip up the Missouri River. On board were two hundred tons of precious cargo en ...
  • On 24 March 1918 a convoy of 16 merchant ships escorted by 6 destroyers and led by HMS Syringa passed the Isle of Wight carrying supplies to Britain from New York. Two of the ships did not complete this journey and one sits near the Isle of Wight to ...
  • Relatively early in the First World War, in March 1915, a remarkable incident between a British cargo ship and a German U-boat occurred near the Isles of Scilly. At 07.40 on 12th March 1915, SS Indian City of Bideford, a brand new vessel, was ...
  • The original ship ran aground 500 years before Christ's birth, but was discovered in 1985 south of Haifa An identical replica of a 2,500-year-old merchant vessel that ran aground off the coast of present-day Israel set sail from the port of Haifa ...
  • Laid down in Wadia shipyard in Bombay in 1816, together with her sister ship HMS AMPHIRITE and launched on 12 October 1817, TRINCOMALEE was one of 47 38-gun Leda class frigates built between 1800 and 1830. Nearly all of them were of oak, but the two ...
  • The Yankee, a historic century-old ferry that served the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor, is now being marketed as something else: a $1.25 million alternative to the city’s stratospheric housing costs. “Luxury residential living ...
  • SS Ballarat was a passenger liner built in 1911 in Scotland by Caird & Company. Prior to the war she was used to transport emigrants from the UK to Australia but in 1914 the British government requisitioned her for war service. Ballarat initially ...
  • JOHN GREGSON, who has died aged 92, won the George Cross for saving the life of a shipmate during a torpedo attack in the Mediterranean in 1942. In August 1942 Gregson was serving as an apprentice on the Deucalion, a merchant vessel of 7,500 tons. ...
  • HMAS Castlemaine was one of sixty minesweeper/corvettes of the Bathurst class built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding programme of which fifty-six were for the Royal Australian ...
  • A veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97. Lt Cdr John "Jock" Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941. The death of the Scottish veteran ...
  • In 1900, when the then-Controller of the Navy declared that submarines were “underhand, underwater, and damned un-English,” he was not alone in his vehement condemnation of the platform as a means of waging war. At that point in history, Britain ...
  • Stern of Ottoman Wreck An expedition mapping submerged ancient landscapes, the first of its kind in the Black Sea, is making exciting discoveries. An international team, involving the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology and ...
  • THE Ministry of Defence has been accused of failing to protect historic wartime wrecks after it was disclosed that three British warships sunk by the Japanese navy have been broken up and removed by illegal scrap metal scavengers. Underwater scans ...
  • She hasn’t been out of the water for 32 years so it’s not surprising to see the hull of the sole surviving vessel from the Battle of Jutland covered in barnacles. Two tugs spent an hour easing HMS CAROLINE from her home at Alexandra Dock in Belfast ...
  •  Engineers are flying to the South Atlantic in a fresh push to bring a rusting World War One trawler back to England.The Viola has been rusting on the island of South Georgia for decades. If the vessel can be brought back by spring, it could form ...
  • The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar ...
  • A German U-Boat has been spotted 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina - 72 years after it sank during a Nazi mission. Wreckage of the submerged U-576 submarine was discovered by sonar near Ocracoke on August 24, seven years after the search ...
  • Skeletons of victims of the Mary Rose could be put back together for the first time since the Tudor warship sank after scientists digitised the human remains. More than 10,000 individual bones were found in the shipwreck off the coast of Portsmouth ...
  • The name Titanic became synonymous with disaster after the ocean liner sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, causing more than 1,500 people to die. However, that tragedy is far from the world’s worst maritime disaster, in terms of loss of ...
  • Some 2,500 years ago, a severely outnumbered Greek naval fleet managed to halt a force of invading Persians in a decisive clash fought in the narrow strait between the Greek mainland and the island of Salamis. Essential to the Greek victory were ...
  • She saw action alongside Nelson and was captained by Jane Austen’s brother to win renown in some of the key battles of the 18th century. On Thursday, the nation will be able to see the remains of HMS Namur for the first time in 180 years, after her ...
  • BRITAIN’S most celebrated warship needs 136 metal props fitted to stop it slowly collapsing under its own weight like a “squashed football”, a hi-tech structural survey has found. HMS Victory’s deck is sinking towards the keel by a fifth of an inch ...
  • The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the ...
  • Archaeologists working with communities along Scotland's west coast have documented more than 100 shipwrecks and maritime artefacts. The remains of lost World War Two flying boats and anchors from the 18th Century were also investigated and ...
  • A sonar image as crisp as an etching aided divers who worked in poor visibility on a North Carolina shipwreck believed to be a Civil War blockade runner."We are adept at groping and feeling along and measuring stuff that way, said underwater ...
  • Some ships have more interesting careers and survive longer than others, some thanks to the might of the US Military. And so it was for the conbulker TNT EXPRESS, the UK-owned, Australian-crewed contribution to Tsvi Rosenfeld’s ABC Containerline’s ...
  • It was peacetime when the USS Conestoga departed from California's Golden Gate strait on March 25, 1921, but in one of the biggest maritime mysteries the vessel disappeared without a trace. The Navy seagoing tugboat and its 56 officers and crew ...
  • This a long story and too long to include as an article but well worth ...
  • Seventy five years after the sinking of the Lancastria - Britain's worst maritime disaster in history - why is the tragedy largely forgotten? And what do those touched by the catastrophe want now? "The trouble with the story of the Lancastria is it ...
  •   In 1917 the U.S. Navy built a full-size battleship in Union Square, New York. It would stay there for the next three years.  Intended as a recruitment and training center, the ship was commissioned as a normal seagoing ship, under the command ...
  • RMS Mauretania, one of the most famous ships to be built on Tyneside, was launched amid great fanfare in 1906. The luxury liner was famous for its speed, for many years holding the record for the quickest trans-Atlantic crossing. What is less well ...
  • The recent article on the Company’s website with reference to the Burrell Family titled , William Burrell-The Ships That Built An Art Collection was a reminder  of the significant influence the family had on the formation of the Commonwealth Line of ...
  • Every year, the Melbourne Maltese Association puts great effort into commemorating both the awarding of the George Cross to Malta during WW2 and also, every August, Operation Pedestal, the convoy which undoubtedly saved her and possibly the Allies ...
  • Little remains of the MV Sygna on the 40th anniversary of the storm that left it wrecked on Stockton Beach, but the Sygna is just one in over 200 vessels that have met their end in the waters once referred to as a 'hellhole'. The port of ...
  • Take one ship. Add a consignment of ferocious beasts in flimsy containers. Send it in to a stormy ocean and stand well back. Author Jeremy Clay tells the extraordinary story of horror on the high seas. She was so late, they had given her up as ...
  • One of the most endearing features of the United States Navy is its reluctance ever to throw anything away. It is an example to other navies, which often cannot wait to send ships with years of life still in them to the scrapyard. In the US they are ...
  • Sir William Burrell is celebrated as an art lover and philanthropist. He left a wealth of objects to the people of Scotland in the magnificent Burrell Collection. But it was not a passion for art that first brought him fame. One hundred years ago ...
  • Launched as one five new subs, Holland’s blueprint, linked the internal combustion engine to the electric motor and battery, and meant submarines would become a crucial part of 20th century naval warfare. The Holland 1, meanwhile, met a less ...
  • September29th 2012, marks 55 years since New Australia, was involved in a collision with the tanker France Stove, in the Torres Strait. This incident had the potential to turn into a disaster of very tragic consequences, considering the ...
  • The SS Mildura was a cattle ship on its way from the Kimberley when it got lost in a cyclone in 1907. It was a 2217 ton steel steamer built in Glasgow in 1901. The Mildura was wrecked on March 10, 1907 when it clipped the North West reef. The crew ...
  • My paper is about tenacity – a vital attribute for success in both of our professions – that is both for professional Seafarers and for Lawyers. There is luck of course, but that is incidental to an enquiring mind.NOMADMy introduction to the law ...
  • Typhoons seem to buzz around the Eastern Rover like bees around a honey pot. In the last 11 weeks we have been affected by no less than 7 typhoons. In July 1971 we caught the tail of Jean just before Cebu. Four days later at Manila, typhoon Lucy ...
  • Called ‘the greatest navigator of all times”, Frank Worsley was born on February 22, 1872 in Akaroa, New Zealand.He was Ernest Shackleton’s captain on the epic Endurance Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917. It was Worsley who is credited with saving ...
  • RMS AORANGI, said Victoria's Mayor Pendray, marked "another step in the supremacy, ever maintained, of British shipping over the Seven Seas." The Pacific Northwest said farewell to an old seafaring friend in February 1953 when mariners and ...
  •   SEVEN POUNDS, SIX SHILLINGS & EIGHT PENCE By Captain Philip Andrews I returned from leave in London early in July 1942 to find the ship in turmoil. Dockyard workers, Navy blokes, blokes in bowler hats giving orders - who are these people, ...
  • 1862: Civil War ironclads stage the first sea battle in naval history between armour-plated vesselsThe battle took place at Hampton Roads, Virginia, where a day earlier the CSS Virginia (known popularly as the Merrimack, her name when she had been a ...
  •  April 26 1956 the converted tanker Ideal X leaves Newark, New Jersey, carrying 58 cargo-laden truck-trailers on its specially fitted deck. Containerization is born. Globalization has set sail. The first container ship was the brainchild of North ...
  • A British submarine lost during World War II, the HMS Olympus (N35), was found in the Mediterranean Sea, according to Malta authorities. The Odin class submarine was sunk by a mine off Malta in May 1942.Built by William Beardmore and Company, a ...
  • It’s been 70 years since Japan attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, the single catastrophic event that launched the United States into World War II.  Today we remember December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy Damaged ships ...
  • ATHENA " was built as the Stockholm, for Swedish-America Line in 1948. In 1956, on her way to New York, she collided and sank the Italia Line flagship, ANDREA DORIA. In 1960 she was renamed, VOLKERFREUNDSCHAFT. In 1985 was sold again and renamed, ...
  • USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during and shortly after World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the American Civil War Battle ...
  • This beautiful painting by Joe Wilhelm is the CONTE BIANCAMANO, which was an Italian liner launched in 1925. The name was chosen in honor of Humbert I Biancamano, founder of the State of Savoy. She was built in the Scottish shipyards of William ...
  • To take a ship into the drydock is regular work in a shipyard but when in 1996 the famous ferry MANXMAN was to be drydocked it appeared that the vessel was too long and needed more than a metre of public road inHull. The problem was solved by ...
  • A Dutch submarine sunk in 1941 during the Japanese military campaign in Asia has been found in the South China Sea near Borneo. HNLMS K XVI sank with 36 crew members on board after being hit by a Japanese torpedo on 25 December 1941. The wreck was ...
  • Before the steam ferry was created, people would cross the harbour in sampans. In 1870, a man named Grant Smith brought a twin-screw wooden-hulled boat from England and started running it across the harbour at irregular intervals. In July 1873, an ...
  • PELAGOS was built at Harland & Wolff in 1901as the ATHENIC for Shaw Savill & Albion's service from London to Wellington, NZ. Bought in 1928 by the Norwegian Hvalfangerslsk Pelagos A/S, who converted the vessel to a whale factory ship. She was ...
  • Above seen the Passenger Airship Graf Zeppelin flying over the port of Amsterdam in October 1929, a photo hanging on the wall of Rudy Puister in Spain. The Airship was a large German passenger-carrying hydrogen-filled rigid airship which operated ...
  • HMS Warrior - A revolutionary warship - quickly overtaken by even newer developments The HMS Warrior was the world's first iron-hull, armor-plated warship. It was also one of the largest ships of its time when launched in 1860. Iron hull ships ...
  • The OP TEN NOORT an 6,000 ton Dutch passenger liner based in Java and on regular service between Surabaya and Singapore. Converted to a hospital ship for the Dutch Navy at the outbreak of the war. In harbour at Surabaya during the Battle of the Java ...
  • As a mariner, a couple of years ago I privately published a book which has proved to be of considerable interest to the older generation of fellow seafarers. It has been very well reviewed by Lloyd's List, by 'Sea Breezes' magazine and other ...
  • The "Britanis" was built for Matson Line as the "Monterey" in 1932 and retained this name until 1957 when she was re-named "Matsonia". In 1963 she was again re-named by Matson Lines as the "Lurline" as a result of the previous "Lurline" being sold ...
  • The sinking of the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968 was New Zealand's worst modern maritime disaster. Fifty-one people lost their lives hat day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from njuries ...
  • The liner was ordered in 1938 to replace the aging ships on the Dutch East Indies route, her keel was laid in 1939 at De Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands, for Rotterdamsche Lloyd . Interrupted by World War II and two bombing raids, the ...
  • This is a little known area of WW2 JAPAN’S SUBMERSIBLE I-400 AIRCRAFT CARRIERSIn many ways HIJMS I-400 was decades ahead of her time. She was the world’s largest submarine with a length of 400-ft and a surface displacement of 3,530 tons. Above her ...
  • CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES, PRINSES DAPHNE 15,833gt, (1955)Built 1955 as fast cargo liner Port Sydney for Port  Lines' UK - Australia service. In 1972, she was sold along with her sister ship, Port Melbourne,to John Karras for conversion to car ...
  • Under severe weather conditions in the open sea, good seamanship dictates either run for it and hope to escape the worst and most certainly for North Pacific Typhoons that is by far and away the primary consideration. But in the worst case scenario, ...
  • The Red Ensign The Australian Red Ensign Flag Adopted:15 April 1954 Flag Proportion: 1:2 Use: Civil Ensign The Australian Civil Ensign, or Australian Red Ensign, is simply a red version of the Australian National flag. It is for use only at sea ...
  • MASTER - from the 'Latin Magister', 'Maitre' - Person in Control, Having complete knowledge. MARINER - From the Latin "Marinus", 'Mare" - of the Sea MASTER MARINER - Captain of a Merchant Ship ( Oxford English Dictionary. The true origin of the ...
  •   A HATCH. A boot. A guage frozen in time. Out of the murk of the Black Sea has emerged the first photos of Australia’s heroic submarine AE2 — lost just days after the ANZACs attacked the Dardanelles. Almost 100 years ago, the boat and her brave ...
  • The story of the Norman Wright ...
  • One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir ...
  • Researchers and divers have started studying the secrets the Mars, the pride of Sweden's 16th-century navy, has held for 450 years. The Mars lies at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where it sank during a naval battle in 1564. A diver at upper right ...
  • A medieval 20 meter long and 50 ton heavy cargo ship was slowly, but steadily lifted out of the IJssel near Kampen on Wednesday. The ship’s emergence from the water was met wit loud applause from about a thousand spectators who came to watch the ...
  • CAPTAIN James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour, on which he first reached the eastern coastline of Australia, may have been found at the bottom of the ocean in a US harbour. The British explorer commanded the Endeavour on his first voyage to Australia and ...