Over 200 years after the HMS Bounty sank due to a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, a reconstruction of the same ship sank, taking the life of Claudene Christian, a descendant of Fletcher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
British breweries donated free beer to soldiers during WWII, but after D-Day, there was no room for it on the ships going across the English Channel. Spitfire mechanics and pilots worked together to modify pylons to carry beer kegs and deliver brews to the troops. Flying high enough chilled it. aviationhumor.net/spitfir…
Early sections of San Francisco were built upon ships abandoned by prospectors during the California Gold Rush. Many were intentionally run aground to become bars and hotels. Now, hundreds of wooden ships lay beneath the city streets and a portion of their subway goes through the hull of one. interestingengineering.co…
When a sailor with chronic sea sickness was ordered back to sea because the doctors denied that sea sickness was a real illness, an admiral ordered all port medical staff to take a short voyage by ship in rough seas. The next day the doctors changed their opinion. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
An ancient Roman oracle once prophesied that "Caligula had no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse across the Bay of Baiae". After becoming emperor, Caligula ordered ships to construct the largest pontoon bridge in history, and rode his horse across the Bay of Baiae. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In 1574, the Dutch city of Leiden was under siege by Spanish forces. The defenders breached dykes, flooding the low lying countryside. Naval ships reached the city on Oct 3rd, bringing bread and herring and ending the siege. Leiden still gives citizens free bread and herring every Oct 3rd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
In the 1830s the Swedish Navy planted 300 000 oak trees to be used for ship production in the far future. When they received word that the trees were fully grown in 1975 they had little use of them as modern warships are built with metal. atlasobscura.com/places/v…
Today I learned of the USS New York, a ship in the US Navy forged partially from steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in 9/11. The ship's motto is "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
, during World War II, Soviet physicists Anatoly Alexandrov & Igor Kurchatov created the LPTI system, which helps in demagnetizing ships to protect them from German naval mines. By the end of 1941, the system was successfully used by Soviet Navy in the Baltic Sea and Black Sea naval campaigns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
In 427BC Athens sent a ship to Mytilene which had instructions to kill all adult men in the city-state. The next day, Athenians voted to change their decision - a second ship was dispatched. Racing through the night, it reached Mytilene just in time to prevent the massacre from happening. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mytile…
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard was placed in command of of a Navy Ship during WW2. He wound up being engaged in combat with absolutely nothing for 68 hours and accidentally conducted live fire exercises on a Mexican Island, which led to him being fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned about the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac, 200 or so wrecks of abandoned ships, most from WWI. It has become a unique ecological system full of fish, birds, and other wildlife and opportunities for archeological discoveries. In 2019 it became a National Marine Sanctuary. savingplaces.org/places/g…
French cavalry captured a Dutch warship fleet trapped in ice in 1795, "The only time in history that men on horseback captured a fleet of ships". smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons into in Alaska. The oil slick killed 250,000 seabirds, 3,000 otters, 300 seals and 22 killer whales. The captain of the ship let unlicensed third mate to steer the ship to a well known hazard-Bligh Reef. history.com/topics/1980s/…
Today I learned about 14 cargo ships that were stranded in the Suez Canal for 8 years, whose crews all decided to form a micronation mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1832 a Japanese sailing ship travelling from Nagoya to Tokyo was blown off course. In 1834, it eventually ended up where current day Washington state is, with 3 out of 14 crew members surviving. historylink.org/File/9065
There is still a passenger ocean liner in operation. The Queen Mary 2 offers a regular service from New York City and Southampton, England. It is the only passenger ocean liner in service designed primarily for travel, rather than the leisure of a cruise ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned of the 1985 Polar Sea controversy. The US Coast Guard sailed an icebreaker through the Northwest passage claiming it as international waters and sparking Canadian public outcry. One group planned to put Canadian flags in the path of the ship while another threw notes aboard asking them to leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
On the first day the Suez Canal opened, Nov 17, 1869, a French ship named the PΓ©luse ran aground and blocked the canal, forcing ships stuck in the canal to wait until the next morning when the PΓ©luse was hauled away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
Hat the belief that women and children are first to be saved when ships sink is largely a myth .The captain has the power to enforce the rule, but behavior in real life-or-death situations is best captured by the expression "every man for himself". cbsnews.com/news/women-an…
Today I learned about WW II's Operation Creek. German U-Boats, directed by spy ships, were destroying shipping in the Indian Ocean. The British, unable to attack because the ships were in neutral seas recruited middle-aged British businessmen and trained them as commandos. The mission was a complete success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The US Navy commissioned an Arleigh Burke class Destroyer named after Sir Winston Churchill, only the fourth time a US Navy ship to carry British citizens name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning was an incomplete Soviet Kutsenov class ship sold to Ukraine, and auctioned to the PLAN using a private purchaser as a cover, Hong Kong businessman Xu Zengping. Zengping claims his $120 million has never been reimbursed by the Chinese Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Morse code was handled on naval ships by employees of private companies: Marconi for British ships, and Telefunken for German ships. They were not allowed to answer the distress signal of the competing radio company until a conference in 1908 established SOS as the international distress signal. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
During the sinking of the RMS Titanic, many passengers refused to evacuate, insisting they were safer on the ship than in the tiny lifeboats. Chief baker Charles Joughin eventually took it upon himself to forcibly drag reluctant passengers onto the deck and hurl them into the lifeboats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The largest cruise ship today, Symphony of the Seas, is the equivalent of almost 5 Titanics in size and mass. rlist.io/l/largest-cruise…
US Navy Captain Mad Jack Percival holds the unique distinction that his first naval ship, HMS Victory, and his last, USS Constitution, still exist as the oldest commissioned warships and national shrines for their respective nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Klaxon horn (the very loud "aaaaYOOOGAH" horn found on old cars and Navy ships) was invented by the same guy who invented one of the first electric hearing aids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The iceberg that sunk the Titanic was 4x larger and 10x heavier than the ship itself. youtu.be/T2NFMzbt0FE
Co-owner of Macy's department store Isidor Straus died with his wife, Ida, in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isi…
The US Navy is replacing the heavy and clunky control panel for the ship's periscope, with an Xbox 360 controller. The USS Colorado is the first to have the conversion installed with plans to convert all Virginia-class submarines with the Xbox controllers. geekwire.com/2017/u-s-nav…
87 men died on the Potomac after two ships collided while searching for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. historynet.com/peril-on-t…
One of the 2 co-owners/founders of Macy's died on the Titanic, along with his wife, because he refused to board rescue ships before women and children were helped. His wife chose to stay behind because she did not want to abandon her husband, so they both died together aboard the Titanic. chonday.com/straumacy18
Today I learned about Typhoon Connie, a storm that damaged 30+ US Navy ships and killed 7 men, and its lasting effects on how USN deals with weather related communications ww2db.com/battle_spec.php…
In WW2, the Italian submarine β€œLeonardo Da Vinci” torpedoed the troopship β€œEmpress of Canada”, while on a return journey. The ship sank and half of the resulting 392 deaths were Italian prisoners of war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
The first time a submarine was ever used in combat was by the United States in the Revolutionary War. "Turtle" was used to attach explosive charges to Royal Navy ships, although every attempted attack failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
There are 14 sailors stuck on an oil tanker off the coast of the UAE for nearly 4 years due to their company abandoning them and the ship. marineinsight.com/shippin…
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
After the USS William D Porter accidentally fired a torpedo at the battleship carrying President Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference during WWII, other ships began greeting the Porter by signaling "Don't shoot, we're Republicans." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned about Mary Ann Brown Patten, who took command of a merchant vessel in 1856 when the captain, her husband, became ill and the first mate was found to be sabotaging the voyage to win a bet he'd placed on a competitor. She defeated a mutiny attempt and brought the ship safely back to port. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
There is a ship, called "RP FLIP" that is turned 90 degrees to sink on purpose, it is used to study the behavior of sound waves under water, when it turns, 85% of the ship sinks. If someone was wondering, yes, they did two baths for each state of the ship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RP_…
Since Yuri Gagarin was ejected out of capsule in his seat before landing, by strict senses such as the FΓ©dΓ©ration AΓ©ronautique Internationale's guidelines at the time, his spaceflight did not qualify as one as it required the crew to be inside their ships during launch and landing. techrepublic.com/article/…
Today I learned of the JW Westcott II, a ship with its own ZIP code serving as a mobile post office for ships on the Great Lakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
The British shelled the French Navy on purpose in WWII. The Attack on Mers-el-KΓ©bir on 3 July 1940 was part of a British plan to destroy French ships to prevent them falling into German hands after the Battle of France. The British killed 1,297 French servicemen and sank 6 French ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned about the cube teapot, which is a teapot whose main purpose was to be used on a ship. The cube shape of the teapot would stabilize it so that it would not roll over and scald the person making the drink, whereas conventional curved teapots would roll over when the ship rocked from side to side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
Today I learned about Moss Hills, an entertainer aboard the cruise ship Oceanos who, after the ship began to sink in violent seas and most of the crew fled in panic, worked alongside fellow entertainers and the cruise director to help passengers evacuate. Not a single life out of the 550 passengers was lost. oceanossinking.com/copy-o…
Milton S. Hershey nearly sailed on the Titanic. He missed the doomed ship because he had to return to America by an earlier ship in order to attend to important business pennlive.com/midstate/201…
Today I learned of the ghost ship Ryou-Un Maru that went missing after the 2011 Japan tsunami and drifted in the Pacific Ocean for a year until it was found in the Gulf of Alaska by the Canadian Air Force. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryou-U…
In 1582, the English merchant fleet had a total carrying capacity of 68,000 tons and required about 16,000 sailors (The container ship OOCL Hong Kong, christened in 2017, can carry some 200,000 tons while requiring a crew of only 22). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…

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