HMAS Sydney: Australian Light Cruiser

The name Sydney is one of the most famous ever carried by an Australian warship. The first Sydney was a Town Class light cruiser; one of three ordered in 1910 which were part of the initial Australian fleet unit. Traditionally cruisers were the most versatile element of a naval force. A cruiser’s role was to go anywhere and to do anything and they were to prove particularly useful in [...]

By | 2017-10-17T09:42:48+00:00 October 17th, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

Bartholomew Roberts: Welsh Pirate

Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts was the most successful pirate of the “Golden Age of Piracy,” which lasted roughly from 1700 to 1725. In spite of his great success, he is relatively unknown in comparison with contemporaries such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, or Anne Bonny. Roberts was an officer on board the slave ship Princess in 1719 when his ship was captured by pirates under Welshman Howell Davis. Perhaps because [...]

By | 2017-10-14T08:04:59+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

Black Caesar: 18th-Century African Pirate

During the ”golden age” of piracy in the late 1600s and early 1700s, a pirate ship was one of the few places a black man could attain power and money in the Western Hemisphere. Some of these black pirates were fugitive slaves in the Caribbean or other coastal areas of the Americas. Others joined pirate crews when their slave ships or plantations were raided; it was often an easy [...]

By | 2017-10-12T07:56:24+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

Port Royal: The Pirate City that Sunken

Edmund Heath, survivor and eyewitness to the devastating 1692 earthquake wrote these words in a letter from the safety of a ship moored in the city’s harbor, overlooking the ruins of his city. Port Royal, once called “the most wicked and sinful city in the world” was famous the world over for its booze - the blackout-inducing Kill Devil Rum - its pirates and its prostitutes. Needless to say, [...]

By | 2017-10-11T09:33:47+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

The sinking of the HMAS Armidale: World War II

For Australians 1942 was the most perilous year of the Second World War. A series of victories brought Japanese forces into Australian territory in New Guinea and within a few miles of the Australian mainland. The bombing of Darwin in February heightened fears that an invasion was imminent. This exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Armidale. An important yet neglected episode in Australia's wartime history, [...]

By | 2017-09-25T11:01:54+00:00 September 25th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

The Sinking of Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956

On the night of July 25, 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish ship MS Stockholm in heavy fog off the coast of Nantucket. The collision left the Doria damaged and listing heavily to one side, but thanks to the efforts of rescue ships, 1,660 people were saved before the ship finally capsized and sank the following morning. Fifty-one others lost their lives, [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:00:29+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Historical Events|0 Comments

The Steamship SS Oria: World War II

Oria, the 4000 Italian shipwrecked who said NO to Nazism. The memorial day: every 27th of January we remember the massacres committed by the Nazis, as a warning that something similar does not happen again. The mistake we maybe make is to limit – in this memory – only to people who died in the death camps, forgetting all them who lost their lifes because of collateral damages of [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:05:46+00:00 July 24th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

San Jose Spanish Galleon: Treasure Fleet

The wreck of a lost treasure ship has been found 307 years after it vanished beneath the waves. The galleon San Jose was found at the bottom of the Caribbean off the Colombian coast on Nov. 27, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said in a statement on Saturday (Dec. 5). Built in 1696, the Spanish galleon was lost in a sea battle with the English in 1708. A [...]

By | 2017-09-02T00:07:47+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|0 Comments

The Perfect Storm: The Lost of Andrea Gail

25 years ago, the crew of the Andrea Gail was lost in the perfect storm. Gloucester's Andrea Gail, whose crew was lost at sea during the perfect storm in 1991 nor'easter, is remembered nationally through print and film, and personally in the seaside community. At the heart of Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, visitors will find an eight-foot-tall bronze fisherman at the wheel of his ship. Engraved at the base [...]

By | 2017-09-03T10:49:42+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Historical Events|0 Comments

The Sinking of MS Sea Diamond

MS Sea Diamond was a cruise ship operated by Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines. She was built in 1984 by Valmet, Finland for Birka Line as Birka Princess. The ship sank on April 5, 2007, after running aground near the Greek island of Santorini the previous day, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead. Originally named Birka Princess, the ship was built by the Finnish state-owned company Valmet at their [...]

By | 2017-09-03T18:30:05+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Historical Events|0 Comments

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