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  1. Wooden ships, iron men

    A graphic account by Samuel Leech, R.N., of the battle between the 38 gun HMS Macedonian, commanded by Captain John Surman Carden, and the 44 gun USS United States, Commodore Stephen Decatur on October 25th 1812.
  2. Howitzers in the tops?

    I just read this thread and the King Howitzers immediately came to mind, as well. Forgive me ressurecting this thread, but by way of Devil's Advocacy see here
  4. HELSINKI – Finnish scientists say they hope to re-brew an old ale after studying ancient beer found in a 19th century shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland says it aims to determine the recipe used in the brewing of what is "one of the world's oldest preserved beers." Divers in July found five bottles of dark, foamy beer while salvaging champagne from the wreck near Finland's Aland Islands. The shipwreck is believed to be from the early 19th century.;_ylt=AtK9Bs8ohwv584x9Ekyl8GOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNzaDIxa3FqBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMjA4L2V1X2ZpbmxhbmRfYW5jaWVudF9icmV3BGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMTAEcG9zAzcEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl9oZWFkbGluZV9saXN0BHNsawNmaW5uc3RvcmV2aXY-
  5. BOSTON (AP) -- Somewhere along an industrial stretch of river pocked with rotting piers and towering salt piles north of Boston lies the answer to one of the great riddles of the Revolutionary war. Where is the final resting place of the British schooner, the HMS Diana?
  6. Bummer. I'll be there Saturday.
  7. Gone Fishing... Izaak Walton (1593-1683) : English biographer, who is best known for THE COMPLEAT ANGLER (1653), a classic guide to the joys of fishing with over 300 new printings. It combines practical information about angling with folklore. The story of three friends, traveling through the English countryside, is enlivened by occasional songs, ballads, quotations from several writers, and glimpses of an idyllic and now lost rural life. "Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, " Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did "; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling." (from The Compleat Angler, 1653-1655)
  8. E! News has learned that some enterprising thieves have broken into the Pirates of the Caribbean star's Hollywood Hills pad and made off with a boatload of cash and jewels. "Yesterday evening around 5:50 p.m.. . .a relative of Bloom went to his home and discovered that it had been broken into and called police," said LAPD spokeswoman Amanda Betat. "As far as the amount of stolen items, it's an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry.
  9. Those pesky Spaniards at it again...

    $140 bn, eh? What's the number for the 6th Fleet HQ? News articles released on Monday reported that Spain, a country that has opposed historic treasure salvage for many years, has ordered its navy to look for huge gold and silver reserves that were lost at sea in the 16th century. According to these reports, naval mine sweepers are set to commence radar and sonar surveys to attempt to locate shipwrecks on the seabed off the southern coast of Spain. The value of the gold and silver treasure, which is believed to include Inca and Aztec artifacts, is estimated at $140 billion dollars.
  10. Partial shipwreck found in Cape Cod

    TRURO - The mystery of a shipwreck that washed ashore last week in Truro remains a mystery this morning, reports the Cape Cod Times. As of 8 a.m. today, at or near low tide, there was still no wreck to be found near Ballston Beach in Truro, Times reporter Eric Williams said by cell phone from the scene. So the mystery Williams dubbed the "celebrity shipwreck mystery" remains, well, mysterious. Sebastian Junger stands on a wreck found at Ballston Beach in Truro in this photo taken on 6/19/09.
  11. Maritime crew brings history to life

    The Searats' camp, with sleeping guards. The rest were busy with Touristas.
  12. Maritime crew brings history to life

    Raise the Jolly Roger and run out the guns. NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL July 9, 2009 Vol. 39, No. 299 Contact: Richard Julian, Cape Henlopen State Park, 302-645-6852; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, Pirates are coming to Cape Henlopen State Park LEWES – Cape Henlopen staff invites the public to witness life during the golden age of piracy in the year 1715, as the Sea Rats Atlantic historical maritime crew “comes ashore” at Cape Henlopen State Park. This group of real life sailors who operate period wooden watercraft throughout the Eastern seaboard will offer hands-on activities and demonstrations to the public at the Nature Center on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Activities include period cooking, demonstrations of how pirates lived while ashore and displays of period wooden watercraft skills and artifacts. Members of the Sea Rats Atlantic look as if they stepped straight out of history down to the smallest detail, including the proper “grit.” This is a free program, but park entrance fees are in effect. More information is available by contacting the Nature Center at 302-645-6852. -30-
  13. Somali pirates ruining the fun for play pirates?

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Ranking Member Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) has introduced legislation to provide immunity to U.S. merchant mariners who wound or kill pirates while responding to a pirate attack.
  14. "Steamin' " Leather

    For your Lady customers, you might want to consider making accessories that can fit these -