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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

I recently spent the day at the Chatham historic dockyard, Kent, UK. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in maritime history.

80 acres in size, it has over 100 buildings and structures – the majority of which were constructed between 1704 and 1855. 135 more words

Maritime History

Launching the "Hope," South Shore's largest Ship

One hundred and seventy five years ago, on May 20, 1841, spectators crowded both sides of the Bluefish River in Duxbury, Massachusetts, their attention focused on the towering ship poised on the river’s south bank. 1,248 more words

American History

TS Queen Mary Makes Her Return To The Clyde

Real flesh-and-blood royalty would not have drawn such Clydeside crowds yesterday – all the lined, quayside spectators; the excursion craft Clyde clipper on her special four-hour cruise for the occasion; the flotilla of small craft and the exuberant sharing of snaps on social media… 13 more words

Maritime History

The premonition in the bathtub

Claude Sawyer saw something in his bath that made him think his nightmare could come true. He’d had this bad dream that the ship he was on, the… 709 more words


Oldest River Vessel

Cruis Blog reader ‘Max M’ suggested that after discussing the biggest river boats (here) we should discuss the oldest.

I have done a little research and it would appear that the oldest registered marine vessel with overnight accommodation, is in fact a vintage steam canal boat called M/S Juno.  428 more words

Maritime History

Today is the anniversary of the worst maritime disaster in American history

It was April 27th, 1865 – 151 years ago today.  And I bet that most people have never even heard of it, even though it killed more people than the… 623 more words

Boaty McBoatface? Lame, Say the Shades of Countless Generations of Mariners

So Boaty McBoatface won the vote, then. Quelle surprise.

Just about the one and only reason I wish I could still be alive in two hundred years time is to see how the maritime historians of that era (assuming that there are such things then; i.e. 1,245 more words