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…
In 1628 a Swedish warship Vasa, coined as the most spectacular warship ever built, sank only 20 minutes into her maiden voyage, sailing less than a single nautical mile. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
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…
Transparent aluminum, the fictitious material in the Star Trek Voyage Home film (1986) has been actually invented. theengineer.co.uk/transpa…
Today I learned of Gan Ying, a Chinese envoy who in 97 AD was sent on a diplomatic mission to Rome. He would turn around in Mesopotamia, discouraged by sailors who gave him a lengthy estimate on a sea voyage. Unknown to him Parthia shared a land border with Rome, which was only a months travel away from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gan…
Columbus' 1492 voyage was in search of a new path to Asia's spices including the desired black pepper. Not found in the new world, instead he discovered what we now know as bell and chili peppers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
The historical legacy of Christopher Columbus is not that he discovered America: he was not the first to get there. Columbus's voyages brought the Americas to the attention of Europe at a time ripe for Europe to act upon, thus initiating enduring association between the two continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Milton S. Hershey, the founder of Hershey’s Chocolate, was supposed to go on the Titanic’s maiden voyage but at last minute changed his plans which was a decision that most likely saved his life. hersheyarchives.org/encyc…
Slow TV, very long coverage of mundane, ordinary events, is huge in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes such as a 376 hr boat voyage, 60 hrs of choirs singing, and 12 hrs of knitting. Shorter shows include a lecture on Norway's past 200 years in 200 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
According to models, Titanic should have tipped over about an hour into the sinking, killing practically everyone. Miraculously a rare coal fire during the voyage required coal to be shifted to the opposite side of the ship, creating a list that offset the incoming water during the sinking xumo.tv/channel/9999255/t…
IPA (India pale ale) was originally a British beer brewed for export to India that was specially formulated to survive the long sea voyage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Scientologists celebrate several major holidays, including the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (March 13); the initial publication of Dianetics (May 9); and the anniversary of the maiden voyage of Hubbard's yacht the Freewinds (June 6). scientology.ca/faq/inside…
The first undisputed voyage to the North Pole was actually made by an Italian airship called the Norge. It was also led by Roald Amundsen, the same man who first made it to the south pole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of Aleksander Doba, a Polish kayaker known primarily for his long voyages across oceans. He kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean under his own power on three separate occasions. He completed his last crossing at the age of 70. His passages remain the longest open-water kayak voyages ever made nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Today I learned of the unlucky voyage of Soyuz 23, a Soviet spacecraft that unintentionally "splashed-down" in a frozen lake. They spent nine hours in the cabin waiting to be lifted out of the water, and an additional two hours before the responders realized they were alive inside americaspace.com/2013/10/…
Alchemist Xu Fu, court sorcerer of the first Chinese Emperor, was sent by the emperor to the eastern seas to find the elixir of life. His fleet included 60 boats with 3,000 virgin boys and girls. He sailed for several years without finding it, and on his second voyage he never returned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_…
The title of the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" does not refer to a depth. It refers to the distance covered by the Nautilus in immersion during its voyage. 20k leagues is around 80 000 km. The correct translation of the title is "... under the seas" making the distinction clearer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
Charles Darwin was invited on the voyage of HMS Beagle not as a biologist but for his interest in geology. The ship’s primary mission wasn’t even on zoology, it was to conduct hydrographic surveys and test new chronometers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The oldest surviving terrestrial globe is also one of the last to not include the Americas as it was completed in 1492, about a year before Columbus returned from his voyage to the Americas. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Marshallese used map charts made of sticks to navigate the Marshall Islands in canoe. They displayed the major ocean swell patterns and how the islands disrupted them. The charts are only interpretable by their makers who would memorize them before their voyages. They were used up until WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Antonio Pigafetta was an Italian tourist who joined Magellan’s historic circumnavigation around the world. Magellan himself was killed, and only 18 crew members survived, including Pigafetta β€” his surviving journal is where most of the information about the voyage comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Members of Lewis & Clark's expedition took mercury-bearing pills to "treat" constipation and other conditions, and thus left mercury deposits wherever they dug their latrines. These mercury signals have been used to pinpoint some of the 600 camps on the voyage. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Erik Thorvaldsson (Erik the Red), discovered a frozen island 1,500 miles west of Iceland. He wished to settle there but was worried no one would want to because of the harsh conditions. In order to fool them into taking the dangerous voyage, he told them the name of the island was "Greenland" youtube.com/watch?v=lmbY-…
The Maori in New Zealand had their own dogs, but they couldn't survive breeding with the european dogs so died out within 100 years of Captain cook's first voyage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
There is speculation that MartΓ­n Alonso PinzΓ³n, the captain of the Pinta in Christopher Columbus' fleet and a major financial backer of the expedition, had already been to the New World in a voyage with French navigator Jean Cousin in 1488. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Captain Cook returned from his first voyage he brought with him the term β€˜tattoo’ if not the practice itself. While inking designs onto the skin was no new thing in 18th Century Europe, ensured much attention to this ancient art and introduced a new word, β€˜tattoo’. rmg.co.uk/discover/explor…
Today I learned of John Stevens Henslow, a British priest, botanist and geologist, who, in 1831, was offered a place aboard a voyage to survey South America. After his wife dissuaded him from accepting, Henslow wrote to the captain, telling him to offer his place on the HMS Beagle to his protΓ©gΓ©, Charles Darwin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the HMS Hercule. Originally a French 74-gun battleship. She was captured on her maiden voyage less than 24 hours at sea, spending the rest of her career with the British Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned about Pedro Alonso Nino, a Black-Spanish explorer who piloted The Santa Maria on Columbus’s first voyage to America. He comes from the famed Nino Brothers. The La NiΓ±a, another of Columbus ships was actually owned by Pedro’s brother, Juan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
The animatronic whales used in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" were so believable that Paramount Studios got angry letters from people who thought they got dangerously close to real whales to film them. startrek.com/article/the-…
After Lord Nelson fell at the battle of Trafalgar, he was placed in a large cask filled with brandy in order to preserve his body during the voyage back to England nationalarchives.gov.uk/n…
During WWII, the USSR gifted a visiting Royal Navy submarine with a reindeer. Lacking any other form of transit, the reindeer (named Pollyanna) joined the crew for a six week return voyage. During her tour, Pollyanna slept under the captain's bunk. news.bbc.co.uk/local/hamp…
Vasa Syndrome, a term for problems in communication and management that can cause projects to fail, is named after the Vasa, one of the largest and most spectacular warships ever built, which sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage because it was too unstable to withstand a gust of wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
The Giant Tortoise did not receive a scientific name for over 300 years due to the failure of delivery of specimens to Europe for classification due to their great taste - all were eaten on the voyage back by sailors, even by Charles Darwin. qi.com/infocloud/giant-to…
Scurvy used to be the scourge of the navy, killing sailors on long voyages. Now it's a blight to evolutionary biologists. They just don't know why it exists in humans. It's only in the primates - gorillas, chimps, humans, and a few monkeys - that the body stops producing this necessary vitamin. io9.gizmodo.com/this-is-w…
It is said that RenΓ© Descartes RenΓ© constructed an automaton in his daughter's likeness after she died of scarlet fever; only to have the robot Francine smashed and thrown overboard as a work of Satan during a voyage at sea. lastwordonnothing.com/201…
Mr & Mrs Crompton and their six children were the largest family to die in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Travelling first class to England, they were known as being noisy during the voyage, even causing one woman to switch rooms because of it. garemaritime.com/lusitani…
Sailors considered black cats good luck and would use them as "ship's cats" in hopes of a safe voyage. Wives of fishermen would also keep a black cat at home as it was believed that the cat would allow their husbands to return safely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Magellan did not actually complete his circumnavigation of the globe. He died in the Philippines and the voyage was completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
In 1833, the first passenger ship to make a transatlantic voyage almost entirely steam-powered was the SS Royal William hmy.com/timeline-worlds-l…
The Titanic was hauling over 3000 mail sacks during its maiden voyage. When it began to flood, the five postal clerks on board tried to save as much mail as they could by hauling the sacks on deck. All five of the postal clerks died in the sinking. postalmuseum.si.edu/firea…
Today I learned of "slow television"β€”live, nonstop TV coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. Slow TV was popularized by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's 7-hour broadcast of the train ride from Bergen to Oslo in 2009, and a 134-hour broadcast of the MS Nordnorge's coastal voyage in 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Surfing was a sport in ancient Polynesia that was first observed by Europeans during Captain Cook’s voyage to Hawaii in 1788. surfingforlife.com/histor…
The dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania and New Zealand on his first pacific voyage while missing the entire continent of Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
Until the discovery of the New World scholars believed that Atlantis was a metaphor for teaching philosophy that began with Plato. After Columbus returned from his voyage, historians began identifying the Americas with Atlantis. Francis Bacon later adopted this view and wrote 'New Atlantis'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
The Space Coyote from The Simpsons episode "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer" was voiced by Johnny Cash simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/…
Scientists created a Transparent aluminium-like material as shown in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It is a hard, glass-like magnesium aluminate that has visible and IR transmission. Military applications include lightweight bullet proof glass, armor and lasers. ipwatchdog.com/2016/02/19…
The Swedish warship Vasa, which famously sank in 1628 less than a mile into its maiden voyage, was built asymmetrically. Archaeologists have found four rulers used by the workers; two turned out to be based on Swedish feet with 12 inches. The other two used Amsterdam feet, with 11 inches. pri.org/stories/2012-02-2…
Giant tortoises on whaling voyages were stored helplessly on their backs for up to six months before being killed and eaten. While alive, they drank gallons of water at a time and kept it in a special bladder, making a properly-butchered tortoise a source of cool, perfectly drinkable water. qi.com/infocloud/giant-to…
The Blue Star Line is going to be creating the Titanic II, an exact replica of the RMS Titanic. It’s maiden voyage is set to be as early as 2022. foxnews.com/travel/titani…

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