Archive Results For: Shipwrecks

The Loss of the Brig Philomela

By Cdr Brian Wainwright

An account of the loss in 1848 of the brig Philomela of Workington, 237 tons register owned by Messrs Peile & Co, as derived from a diary kept by one of her crew Robert Thom (1825-1911). After abandoning her Mid-Atlantic on her return voyage from Montevideo, on account of an outbreak of fire in her […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Wreckers – the Fate of the Charming Jenny

By Geoffrey W. Place

A well documented account of a wreck which was not, however, the result of wrecking. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

The Engagement between the C.S.S. Alabama and the U.S.S. Kearsarge 19 May 1864: the Archaeological Discovery 1984-88

By Max Guerout

An account of the discovery of the wreck of the C.S.S. Alabama off Cherbourg by a French Navy team using modern Circe class minehunters during the 1980s. Guerout, who participated in the search, deals with the challenges of locating the wreck, using Stenuit’s work based on the log of the Kearsarge as a starting point. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

The Sea Venture

By M. L. R. Peterson

The Sea Venture is generally considered to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. While there are good and detailed accounts of the Sea Venture’s final cruise, little is known about the history of the ship. The archival information available on a contemporary vessel, the Seaventure or Seaventer, is presented, including ownership, cruises and the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

The Story of a Bluenose Barque: The John A. Harvie, 1876-1880

By Ralph A. Harvie

John Andrew Harvie (1834-1882) built among other vessels eight barques at his shipyard in Avondale, Nova Scotia. At the peak of his powers Harvie built the one which bore his name. The John A. Harvie was launched on July 22, 1876 and was one of the 2,787 registered Bluenose vessels, designed as a cargo carrier. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Legends about Wreckers

By Henning Henningsen

An account of the international spread of legends about the deliberate wrecking of ships. Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Note: Wreckers

By J. de Courcy Ireland

An account of the possible basis of the myth of wreckers, of which not a single case occurs in French legislature. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Admiral Lord Edward Russell and the Building of St Paul’s Cathedral

By John Illsley

A late seventeenth century shipwreck with a cargo of sixty-six tonnes of Carrara marble illustrates the link between the Mediterranean Command and marble imports.  English foreign policy then required commercial and naval expansion into the Mediterranean.  Leghorn, a major trade and naval base, exported, inter alia, Carrara marble.  The marble needed for building St. Paul’s […] Read More

Filed under: Nine Years' War | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies

H.M.S. Condor is Missing

By Jennifer Faulkner

The gunboat Condor, with steam and sail, was launched in 1898. Sent to patrol the northern Pacific coast, she was overloaded with armaments, coal and stores, reducing deck space and crew numbers. Condor rolled continuously, her handling and stability further compromised by the slow drainage of water shipped on deck. She arrived at Esquimalt, went […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Broughton’s Schooner

By Alan Reid

William Broughton purchased a schooner of about 100 tons in Macao in 1796 to assist with his explorations in the Japanese Islands. Over many years various articles have been published suggesting this to be the schooner built by Morrison, a Bounty mutineer, to sail back to civilisation. However there are many discrepancies in the descriptions […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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