• The wrecking of the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia in 1629 is perhaps the best-known maritime disaster in Australian history. The subject of books, articles, plays, and even an opera, Batavia was wrecked on a chain of small islands off the ...
  • Built by Caird & Co. and launched at Greenock in 1882, Parramatta combined both sail and steam, to produce a fine, elegant ship. Steam engines were still very much in their infancy, and trust in their performance over a long sea passage was ...
  • A retired Russian admiral has alleged that the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster was caused by a collision with a NATO sub, an unproven claim that defies the official conclusion that the country's worst post-Soviet naval catastrophe was triggered by a ...
  • American shipping magnate believed in efficiency and economies of scale in operating the world’s largest ships. While Malcom McLean, founder of Sea-Land, is regarded as the father of the containership, Daniel Keith Ludwig is recognized as the ...
  • Linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the 51-mile Panama Canal transformed global trade routes when it opened in 1914. After a failed attempt by the French in the 1880s, the United States re-started construction in 1904. Chief engineer John ...
  • An underwater archaeological mission in Egypt's Bay of Aboukir has uncovered an extremely rare ship, believed to be over 2200 years old.Archaeologists from the Hilti Foundation's Franck Goddio underwater team were exploring the ancient ...
  • In 1854, American merchant Cyrus West Field secured a charter to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean’s floor. After four failed attempts, American and British naval ships succeeded in laying a nearly 2,000-mile cable linking Ireland and ...
  • Initially, unrestricted submarine warfare was a success; in March 1917, for example, twenty-five per cent of all British-bound shipping was sunk and the government was eventually forced to introduce rationing and marshall a Women’s Land Army to help ...
  • On August 9, 1942, Navy Signalman 3rd Class Elgin Staples was aboard USS Astoria (off the coast of Guadalcanal) when the ship was attacked by Japanese cruisers. The attack provoked devastating explosions. Wounded, and surrounded by water coming ...
  • Two hundred million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, all seven continents were united in a single massive supercontinent known as Pangaea. After they slowly broke apart and settled into the positions we know today, each continent ...
  • The first thing you notice is that the watch is handsome: the gold case engraved with an elegant filigree, the fine script announcing it was made by the Elgin National Watch Company. It’s a watch befitting its respected owner, John Starr March of ...
  • Last weekend, a 4,600-year-old ship once owned by the pharaoh Khufu traveled from its longtime home near the Pyramids of Giza to the Grand Egyptian Museum, a state-of-the-art venue slated to open outside of Cairo in late 2021. As Agence ...
  • It was the British who suffered the most carnage at Jutland. Of their battleships, HMS Malaya suffered the most, with 63 men killed and 68 wounded; this was the most casualties of any battleship that survived the fight. Malaya, seen here in 1915, ...
  • In the early hours of April 27th, 1865, mere days after the end of the Civil War, the Sultana burst into flames along the Mississippi River.   The Sultana was a 260-foot-long wooden steamboat, built in Cincinnati in 1863, which regularly transported ...
  • On 15th March 1912, P&O’s Oceana, under the command of Captain Thomas H. Hyde, RNR. completed loading in the Port of Tilbury, for her next trip to Bombay. Onboard were 41 passengers, a complement of 220 crew and a Straits of Dover pilot. She was ...
  • The Gayundah is fitted with a fighting top and a gun can be seen protruding from the front section. The Paluma first arrived in Brisbane on 6 May 1885. The Queensland gunboats Paluma (left) and Gayundah (right) are lying at anchor in the ...
  • Lost in heavy fog in May 1906, HMS Montagu calls to a small sailing boat nearby to confirm their location. The skipper of the tiny vessel warns them they are off course and headed for danger, the Montagu tell them they are wrong and carries on. The ...
  • The sinking of the steamship Arctic in 1854 stunned the public on both sides of the Atlantic, as the loss of 350 lives was staggering for the time. And what made the disaster a shocking outrage was that not a single woman or child aboard the ship ...
  • Her keel was laid as Yard Number 425 at the John Brown & Co Ltd, shipyard on Clydebank. She was to be the first Orient Liner with a cruiser stern, and the first to be fitted with geared turbines for her main propulsion - but sadly, due to war, it ...
  • PASSENGER SHIP AT ANCHOR OFF QUARANTINE STATION IN THE 1920's There have always been issues with quarantine, although back in the 1800s there were very different problems to deal with. Smallpox, typhus, typhoid, scarlet fever, Spanish flu and the ...
  • Just 34 days before the end of World War II, a U.S. Navy cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sunk in the Philippine Sea. The USS Indianapolis had been the ship of state of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and had just delivered core ...
  • Long celebrated as master shipbuilders and seafarers, the Vikings ruled the waters of the North Atlantic from 900 to 1200 A.D., regularly sailing their longboats for hundreds of miles over open water to their colonies in Iceland and Greenland. On ...
  • Damage to HMS Chester, one of two light cruisers in the screen for the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron at Jutland, which ran headlong into four cruisers of the German II Scouting Group around 17:30 the evening of 31 May 1916. The cruiser had commissioned ...
  • The 19th-century ship the Wanderer was an opulent pleasure yacht with a sinister underside: a hidden deck where hundreds of enslaved Africans were held captive and illegally trafficked into the United States. Now, almost 165 years after the ...
  • Pamir was a four-masted barque (which is a type of sailing vessel with three or more masts), built for the German shipping company F. Laeisz in Hamburg in 1905. She was the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn, in 1949. She was handed ...
  • When Henry VIII’s favorite warship, the Mary Rose, sank during the Battle of the Solent in 1545, most of its 415 crew members drowned. Now, reports Steve Deeks for the Portsmouth News, scientists using modern methods have uncovered remarkably ...
  • REGULAR commuters on the Manly ferries get to see some strange sights but rarely as unusual a sight as the commuters of late 1882 and early 1883 got – four ship’s masts and two funnels rising above the surface of the harbour. The masts and funnels ...
  • In 2014, a metal detectorist discovered a 17th-century Arabian coin in an orchard in Rhode Island. In the following years, other treasure hunters across New England uncovered even more Arabian coins from the same time period. But, according to the ...
  • Carpathia’s journey to New York had not been an easy one. The number of people on the ship had roughly doubled with the additions of 712 Titanic survivors. The weather had grown rough as she approached New York, with the ship passing through storm ...
  • HMS Vanguard was a British fast battleship built during the Second World War and commissioned afterwards. She was the biggest and fastest of the Royal Navy's battleships, the only ship of her class, and the last battleship to be built. The Royal ...
  • A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in the US state of Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve a centuries-old cold case. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the ...
  • January 22 was the 67th anniversary of the launch of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Launched in 1954, Nautilus broke multiple speed, depth, and travel distance records, with a radical new design that marked the ...
  • Winter storms on England’s Suffolk coast have uncovered the wrecks of two ships possibly dated to the 18th century or earlier, reports Katy Sandalls for the East Anglian Daily Times. Saxmundham resident Stephen Sugg and his wife were walking on ...
  • SS Rajputana was built for P & O at Greenock in 1925 for the UK - India service. She was 16,568 gross tons and with a quad expansion steam engine giving a service speed of 17 knots. She was requisitioned into the Royal Navy in 1939 as an armed ...
  • The MCC team, under the captaincy of JWHT Douglas, departed for Australia on 18th September 1920; the team travelled by train from St Pancras station to Tilbury at 10.30am and sailed later that morning on the Orient liner Osterley..... The tour was ...
  • When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, it faced a shortage of merchant mariners. With supplies in desperate needs overseas a massive sealift would require not only a huge fleet of cargo ships, but the seafarers to sail them. ...
  • A team of archaeologists has discovered six skeletons within the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah, which went down in 1717 in a storm off the coast of Massachusetts. The latest expedition - led by Barry Clifford, who first located the wreck in 1984 ...
  • It was called “Black February” by the papers in 1893, when not one but three separate floods inundated the city of Brisbane over the course of two devastating weeks. Record breaking weather patterns saw 36 inches of rain fall in 24 hours, when ...
  • Not long after the Caroline Eddy set sail in 1880 from Florida with cargo bound for up the coast, a powerful hurricane nearly tore it apart, casting the crew, clinging to the rigging, adrift for two days before the wreck washed ashore. Over 140 ...
  • Replica of Amsterdam On a stormy night in january 1749, a dutch east india company (VOC) ship called the ‘amsterdam’ ran aground off the coast of hastings in the english channel. now, a team led by amsterdam city archeologist jerzy gawronski, ...
  • During WW2 Australia’s armed forces used six Australian Hospital Ships (Note: HMAHS His Majesty’s Australian Hospital Ship – no longer HMAS) used in most theatres of war from the Mediterranean through the Pacific area. Ownership WW2 hospital ships ...
  • On April 13, 1945, Soviet planes sank the German steamer Karlsruhe in the Baltic Sea, killing almost 1,000 people. Now, divers say they’ve found the wreck—which could hold remnants of the famed Amber Room—some 300 feet under the sea off the coast of ...
  • The first patent for a working model of gyrocompass was awarded to Marinus Gerardus van den Bos in 1885. However, since his design was not practical for use on naval ships, the first usable design was provided by German inventor Hermann ...
  • A two-metre-long sturgeon, a species today near extinction, has been found preserved in the pantry of a 500-year-old Danish royal shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. “During archaeological excavations in 2019, a wooden barrel submerged inside the ...
  • The R.M.S. Titanic sank on a moonless night in April 1912—but the sky wasn’t completely dark. Instead, the Northern Lights shimmered green overhead. Formed when the charged particles of a particularly strong solar storm hit Earth’s magnetic field, ...
  • On April 9, 1940, the German warship Karlsruhe sank off the southern coast of Norway after sustaining damage in a torpedo strike. For the next 80 years, the wreck’s location remained unknown. Then, reports Nora Buli for Reuters, experts from the ...
  • British archaeologists have surveyed the wreck of a German U-boat for the first time since it sank 103 years ago. The remarkably intact vessel adds to the story of an especially fraught period of naval warfare during World War I. A team led by ...
  • The wreck of the Santo Spirito & Santa Maria di Loreto, one of the biggest Italian merchant vessels of the 16th century, is believed to have been located by two scuba divers at a depth of 50m off the north Italian coast near Genoa. The shipwreck is ...
  • S.S.Lucigen, built 1909, was a H.E Moss line tanker. She was one of the ships that reported the existence of the ice field in the days prior to the Titanic sinking, her captain being a prudent mariner made a detour south of approx 60nm to avoid the ...
  • These ships don’t have the prowess of a battleship or the capability of an aircraft carrier, they were ugly ducklings to time magazine and dreadful looking objects to a president, but to many others they were the saving grace. They were often ...
  • The SS Centennial was an iron single screw steamship built as the SS Albion in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1863. She was 66 metres long and displaced 668 tons. A passenger and cargo vessel, the Centennial was a regular sight on the Sydney/New ...
  • Despite spanning decades, the Cold War was fortunately without an overabundance of American casualties. The USS Stickleback was one of the few exceptions: During a training exercise conducted in May 1958, the submarine suffered a collision with the ...
  • The early-1900s exploits of intrepid explorers like Robert Scott and Edward Shackleton captured the public imagination. With the benefit of cameras and deft handling of newspaper media, the Edwardian British explorers, alongside their Norwegian ...
  • In the mid 1960s, the British shipping companies P&O, Ocean Steam Ship, Furness Withy and British & Commonwealth combined to form Overseas Containers Ltd (OCL) in a strategy to generate the huge funds needed to containerise shipping services between ...
  • On November 10, 1975 the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.  The Edmund Fitzgerald (sometimes called the Mighty Fitz or Big Fitz) was a Great Lakes bulk cargo vessel that entered service in 1958. The 730 feet ...
  • The clipper South Australian was built at North Sands, Sunderland, 1868 by William Pile for Devitt & Moore's "Adelaide Line" of packets. She was a composite-hull clipper of 1,230 tons (O.M.); 1,040 tons register, length 201 or 220 feet (61 or ...
  • Braving water temperatures that dipped below freezing, divers spent nearly four weeks off the coast of Nunavut in northern Canada last summer exploring the HMS Erebus. The ship sank during the doomed Franklin Expedition of the 1840s, when British ...
  • M/V Knock Nevis was the world’s largest ship ever until it was scrapped in one of the ship breaking yards of Alang, India in 2010. The supertanker, which was known as the most massive ship ever built by man, had an extremely dramatic life. From its ...
  • The Kyarra was a 6,953 ton steel cargo and passenger luxury liner, built in Scotland in 1903 for the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company. The Kyarra was built at Dumbarton by William Denny and Brothers, and launched on 2 February 1903 on ...
  • On November 29, 1925, the S.S. Cotopaxi set sail from Charleston, South Carolina, with a cargo of coal and a crew of 32. Charting a course for Havana, Cuba, the ship ran afoul of a tropical storm brewing near the Bermuda Triangle two days later and ...
  • Most visitors come to Cape Canaveral, on the northeast coast of Florida, for the tourist attractions. It’s home to the second-busiest cruise ship port in the world and is a gateway to the cosmos. Nearly 1.5 million visitors flock here every year to ...
  • Of all the many wondrous locations where shipwrecks are found, an urban recreation area in the center of a world capital might be one of the most unexpected. But earlier this year, marine archaeologists uncovered the probable remnants of the ...
  • Maritime archaeologists have located the wreck of the S.M.S. Scharnhorst, an armored battle cruiser that served as the flagship of German Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee’s East Asia Squadron during World War I, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust ...
  • Two thousand years ago, this ship was crossing the Mediterranean Sea full of its cargo of amphorae - large terracotta pots that were used in the Roman Empire for transporting wine and olive oil. For some reason, it never made it to its ...
  • On their East India service Nederlandsche SB Mij  introduced the Oranje in 1939. Her maiden voyage to Indonesia had been very popular, and now the Rotterdamsche Lloyd needed to compete with a similar liner on the same route. In January 1939 the ...
  • When does the attempt to defend oneself, one’s property or the men and the women under one’s charge from capture – or worse – become an offence serious enough for execution? This conundrum has kept legal minds arguing the pros and cons since Captain ...
  • Marine archaeologists discovered the wrecks of two well-preserved 17th-century warships off the coast of Vaxholm, a Swedish island near Stockholm, last Tuesday. Per a press release from Stockholm’s Vrak Museum of Wrecks, researchers suspect one of ...
  • Ocean explorers have salvaged 900 bottles of booze from a ship sunk in the Baltic Sea while on its way to restock Tsar Nicholas II’s liquor cabinet in May 1917.According to a press release, spirit salvagers from Ocean X—a company that specializes in ...
  • In September 1802, the H.M.S. Mentor sank off the coast of Avlemonas, Greece, sending 17 crates of antiquities tumbling to the bottom of the Mediterranean. More than 200 years later, the Greek Ministry of Culture reports, marine archaeologists ...
  • The seventh full excavation season at the 4th century BC Mazotos shipwreck was successfully completed, after four weeks of intensive fieldwork (20 September -21 October 2018). The project is conducted by the Maritime Archaeological Research ...
  • HMS Victory, was lost in a storm off the Channel Islands in 1744 and found in the English Channel near Torbay, Devon in 2008. Defence ministers won the case over the artefacts on the ship which sank more than 250 years ago.The Maritime Heritage ...
  • The wreck of a battleship that ran aground more than a century ago has been granted special protection after wounded military veterans carried out the first full archaeological survey of the remains. HMS Montagu, a pre-first world war Duncan-class ...
  • Captain Iain Steverson recently gave a thirty minute talk on Merchant Navy exploits in World War Two plus the current Australian shipping situation on Radio Adelaide. The talk is available ...
  • Nimbin under Danish flag on delivery voyage The first Australian merchant ship lost during WW2 was North Coast Steam Navigation Co. motor ship Nimbin 1052/27 on passage Richmond River to Sydney which  struck a mine which had been laid by the German ...
  •   Archaeologists diving at a site on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, have found the remains of a wooden platform dating back 8,000 years. If, as researchers believe, it was used to build log boats, the site would be the ...
  • Below deck, glass bottles sit upright in storage rooms, and stacks of intact ceramic plates are neatly arranged on shelves. Rusted firearms hang on the walls. Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers' rooms. The captain's desk, ...
  • Ocean jetty ports were more hazardous for sailing vessels than for the more manoevreable steamships. Yet, in the earlier years of the coastal trade, coal was mainly shipped on sailing vessels. The perils of these operations were shown by the events ...
  • The cog is a type of ship that appeared in the medieval period in the 10th century and it was widely spread across the sea into the 12th century. It was mainly made from oak and the particular timber that could be found in the Baltic region of ...
  • The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as ...
  • During the days of the Romans, a cargo-laden ship sank in the waters off Cyprus. The wreck lay at the bottom of the sea, untouched, for centuries—until it was spotted recently by two volunteer divers. Other major discoveries of Roman shipwrecks have ...
  • Close to the north pole of the moon lies the crater Anaxagoras, named for a Greek philosopher who lived in the fifth century B.C. The eponym is fitting, as Anaxagoras the man was one of the first people in history to suggest the moon was a rocky ...
  • Thousands of flat-bottomed boats plowed through rough seas under cold gray skies. The smell of diesel fumes and vomit was overwhelming as the small vessels lurched toward the beaches. Waves slapped hard against the plywood hulls while bullets pinged ...
  • The last ship known to have smuggled slaves from Africa to the US is said to have been discovered after a year-long investigation. The remains of the Clotilda were found at the bottom of the Mobile river in Alabama. The ship was used to smuggle ...
  • In a corner exhibit of the recently reopened International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., a submarine control panel, a swoopy-banged wig, detailed whiteprints and a chunk of manganese are on display. Together, they represent relics of a Cold War ...
  • In January, a storm in the North Sea knocked almost 350 steel shipping containers off the ship MSC Zoe. The incident attracted a team of salvagers who used sonar to scan the seafloor near the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands. When they ...
  • For more than 40 years its rusting hulk has risen, whale-like, from the waters of the River Clyde. But what is the story of the "Sugar Boat"? On the night of 27 January 1974 fierce winds were battering Scotland's west coast.Moored on the River ...
  • J P Stevenson at the time of his court martial, with his wife, who campaigned and wrote two books about his case CAPTAIN J P STEVENSON, known as “Steve”, who has died aged 97, was a distinguished Australian naval officer whose career was ruined by ...
  • For sailors of old who were often out to sea for long periods of time, giving a gift on Valentine's Day could be quite difficult. Ah Valentine’s Day! A festival of romantic love celebrated on 14 February, notoriously involving giving gifts of love ...
  • Some said he was buried under platform 4; others suggested platform 12 or 15. When a statue of Captain Matthew Flinders was installed at Euston in 2014, the only regret of those who had campaigned for a memorial to the explorer – who led the first ...
  • The SS United States is 990 feet long – about five city blocks! If you stood her on end, she’d rise nearly as high as New York’s Chrysler Building or Philadelphia’s Comcast Center. The SS United States’ designer, William Francis Gibbs, wanted his ...
  • In April 2017, a group of volunteers from a local history and archaeology society looking for evidence of demolished World War II pillboxes in tidal areas discovered a wreck on the foreshore at Tankerton Beach. The wreck is exposed in mudflats when ...
  • New research has revealed insights into the cargo and crew of the 18th century Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship the Rooswijk, wrecked off the Kent coast. Maritime archaeologists are diving the site, continuing the excavations started last summer, ...
  • Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years. The 23-metre (75ft) vessel, thought to be ancient Greek, was ...
  • Leader of his family’s Far East business empire who secured its future by building ties with China SIR ADRIAN SWIRE, who has died aged 86, was a driving force in the fifth generation of his family’s Far Eastern transport, trading and real estate ...
  • It was 1768, and the European battle for dominance of the oceans was on. Britain, France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands had already spent several centuries traversing the globe in search of new land to conquer and resources to exploit, but the ...
  • By the year 1917, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had already conquered the South Pole and Northwest Passage, establishing his reputation as a Polar powerhouse. But he wasn’t just about setting records—he was also interested in science and wanted ...
  • This shipwreck discovered 2300km off the WA coast during the 2015 search for MH370 has been identified as an iron sailing ship loaded with a cargo of coal.Photo: Australian Transport Safety Bureau While the initial search for missing Malaysia ...
  • Shortly after her departure from Auckland on a passage to Suva and Vancouver the steamer was sunk as the result of striking a mine early on the morning of 19 June 1940. There was no loss of life, her complement of 349 – 146 passengers and 203 ...
  • With Captain Richard James Skinner behind the wheel, the 880 tonne paddle steamer left its dock near Market St in what is now Darling Harbour at 11pm on May 5, 1898 bound for Newcastle. No sooner had it passed Sydney Heads than the iron ship, with ...
  • Clonmel was built in England and launched in 1836, at Birkenhead, near Liverpool. She was 155 feet (47 m) long and about 40 feet (12 m) broad across the paddle boxes. She had two 110 horsepower engines, and was rated at 500 tons burthen, so with 300 ...