NMHS members receive Sea History every quarter—regular features like Historic Ships on a Lee Shore, Book Reviews, Marine Art, Ship Notes and Sea History for Kids, plus articles that range from tales of naval exploits and daring explorers, to marine archaeology, to the challenges of historic ship preservation today. If you aren’t a member yet, we’d like to give you a glimpse of what Sea History has to offer. And for our regular readers, we sometimes have the opportunity to share pictures that we just didn’t have room for in the issue. Enjoy!
This Issue’s Featured Article:
Collision in the Narrows: the 1917 Halifax Harbor Explosion, by Roger Marsters
The most powerful man-made explosion before the Atomic Age came with little warning on a cold December morning in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when a collision between two cargo ships in the harbor set off a catastrophic chain reaction, catching all in its radius in its devastating blast.
Past Featured Articles:
Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley—First in History to Sink an Enemy Ship in Wartime,
by Mark K. Ragan
Designing a submersible craft with the technology available in the nineteenth century was a challenge to the dedicated team of James McClintock, Baxter Watson, and Horace Hunley. The project went through several iterations, and several volunteer crew members lost their lives before the design was perfected. But in February of 1864, the result of their efforts, H. L. Hunley, successfully sank the sloop of war Housatonic.
There wasn’t enough room in Sea History for many of the wonderful images related to this story, so we gathered them for you here.
Welcome to the New Land, Draken Harald Hårfagre,
by Ingeborg Louise ‘Vesla’ Adie
After studying the construction of the historic Viking ships Gokstad and Oseberg, as well as the traditional boatbuilding techniques still in practice today, a team set about building the modern Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre in Norway. A crew brought the Viking ship across the ocean to the United States this past summer.
Peking is Homeward Bound, by Bill Bleyer
After more than 40 years at the dock at South Street Seaport Museum in New York, the 377-foot Flying-P Liner Peking, made famous in Irving Johnson’s mini-documentary Around Cape Horn, is preparing for a voyage back home to Hamburg, where she will be restored and become the centerpiece for a new German Port Museum.
Sea History 155, Summer 2016:
Fair Winds, Peter, by Shelley Reid
The National Maritime Historical Society and the maritime heritage community at large remember our president emeritus and long-time editor of Sea History, Peter Stanford. Founding president of the South Street Seaport museum, Peter was a prominent voice in the field of maritime heritage.
Sea History 154, Spring 2016:
So Old a Ship: Twilight of the Arab Dhow, by Marion Kaplan
In 1974, photojournalist Marion Kaplan embarked on an expedition to document the last generation of Arab dhows, sailing with the monsoon along ancient trading routes. Here, she shares glimpses of that journey, and of the way of life of the dhow captains and crews.
Sea History 153, Winter 2015/2016:
Maritime Archaeology in the 21st Century, by James P. Delgado
The field of maritime archaeology is relatively new, beginning in 1960 when George F. Bass and Peter Throckmorton, working with
Honor Frost, Frédéric Dumas, Claude Duthuit and others examined a Bronze Age shipwreck. With emerging technology came new possibilities, and also the need for public discourse on issues of ownership, preservation, and respectful treatment of the final resting place of people who met their end at sea. James Delgado offers us a look at this fascinating field of study.
Sea History 152, Autumn 2015:
He Couldn’t Have Done it Without Her—Exy Johnson’s Seafaring Legacy by Eleanore MacLean. Irving Johnson is considered a legend by many in the sail training community; his wife, Exy—the ship’s secretary, editor, food manager, and linguist—was an integral part of the success of their seven world voyages.
Sea History 151, Summer 2015: Lafayette’s Hermione: A TransAtlantic Story
by David Lincoln Ross. This issue’s featured article is all about Hermione, the French frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to the United States to aid the colonists in their struggle for independence, and the modern replica vessel that carries her name.
Sea History 150: Rough Weather All Day: A Firsthand Account of the Jeannette Search Expedition, 1881–1882 by David Hirzel.
Sea History 149: “Go to H—l you d—d Yankee Son of a B—ch”—A Gold Rush Voyage Journal by Paul F. Johnston
The author provided us with many wonderful sketches from the journal that was the source of his article—too many to print in Sea History—but we’re glad to share them here.
Sea History 148: Naval Battle of Plattsburgh Bay, 1814 by Walter Rybka
Highlights—Sometimes there isn’t room for a story in Sea History, or we feel a story should be brought to an even wider audience.
S_O_S by Hewitt S. Morris
Captain Arthur M. Kimberly in Sea History 123
Captain Arthur M. Kimberly in Sea History 124