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How to name a vessel: “My wife will be delighted!”

In 1936, Cunard White Star Line Limited’s chairman Sir Percy Bates was granted an audience with King George V to inquire about a sensitive matter, to get the king’s consent to name one of company’s ocean liner vessels under construction at the time after the king’s grandmother, Queen Victoria. 1,819 more words

Maritime History

The relevancy of technology and underwater archaeology

The ability of human beings to work in an underwater environment has obviously improved pretty dramatically in the last few decades, and our ability to find the wrecks of vessels like the… 389 more words

Newfound Freedom: Finalist for 2013 BOTYA

Newfound Freedom has been selected as a Finalist for the 2013 ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Award in General Fiction. This recent novel of 18th Century colonial and nautical adventure and life is available. 231 more words


Youghal Harbour arrivals and sailings February 1936


Youghal Harbour arrivals and sailings February 1936

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien


This article recounts the arrivals and sailings at Youghal, Co. Cork in February 1936 with some biographical details on the vessels involved. 2,969 more words

Harvest King

Save SS United States, "America’s Flagship"

She was built as an unsinkable ship, a claim allegedly attributed to Bruce Ismay, the managing partner of the White Star Line, the direct shipowning company of the famous… 2,058 more words

Maritime History

Message in a bottle: 10 famous floating note discoveries.

What is believed to be the world’s oldest discovered message in a bottle has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, 101 years after it was first tossed into the sea in Germany. 42 more words


In Salem: Maritime Salem in the Age of Sail (a review)

On board a vessel in the 19th century a sailor had to be able and wanting to endure abhorrent conditions. They typically lived in thin and tiny quarters where they combated monotony and tedium. 274 more words