History Stories
World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered in a Gin Bottle
March 7, 2018

It was thrown overboard as part of a German science experiment in the 19th century. Read More

How Times Square Became the Home of New Year’s Eve
December 27, 2017

The surprising maritime origins of New Year’s Eve’s biggest party. Read More

The True Stories That Inspired ‘Titanic’ Movie Characters
December 1, 2017

It’s Jack and Rose’s movie, but a lot of the people they meet had their own incredible stories. Read More

SS United States May Be Sold for Scrap
October 15, 2015

The group that owns SS United States, once the world’s fastest ocean liner, warns that “America’s Flagship” may be sold for scrap at the end of the month. Read More

Chicago’s Deadliest Day
July 24, 2015

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history. Read More

Remembering the Sinking of RMS Lusitania
May 6, 2015

Get the story behind the ill-fated British ocean liner. Read More

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage
October 6, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki. Read More

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery
July 30, 2014

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago. Read More

Port Chicago Disaster Stuns the Nation, 70 Years Ago
July 17, 2014

70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights. Read More

Protection Sought for World War I Ships
June 30, 2014

A United Nations agreement will soon be extended to safeguard the underwater remains of hundreds of ships sunk during World War I. Read More