Shipwrecks and Meaning: The Loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald as Contemporary Maritime Archaeology  As of this writing, it has been 44 years since the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on 10 November 1975. In archaeological terms, the definition of a "Historic" archaeological site is a site that is at least 50 years old. This means that in 6 short years the wreck of the … Continue reading Shipwrecks and Meaning: The Loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

The Myth of Mesopotamian Sails

The Development of the Sail in the Archaeological Record This is a diversion for this blog from the stories of lost museum ships and tales fantastical pseudoarchaeology to a topic a little larger in the realm of maritime history and archaeology, the very first sail. The development of the sail as a technology within the … Continue reading The Myth of Mesopotamian Sails

Modern Shipwrecks: SS Marine Electric

Contemporary Shipwrecks Series "The value we place on things archaeologically often relates to the story of human society, changes that they helped instigate or their part in an important story from our past." University of Southampton Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds.  Typically, under federal standards provided from the National Register of Historic Places, a historic archaeological site … Continue reading Modern Shipwrecks: SS Marine Electric

Lightship Milwaukee Breakthrough

"Many wrecks lie waiting to be found, many found wrecks wait to be identified. Only researchers continuing to delve into museums, libraries, and archives can hope to unravel the sinuous threads of history. The rout is long, but there is adventure along the way and satisfaction in discovery. The rewards are intrinsic." Gary Gentile, Shipwrecks of … Continue reading Lightship Milwaukee Breakthrough

The Hard Luck Submarine: The Baker Submarine Boat

"The idea of Jules Verne's romance 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was regarded as a wonderful flight of imagination, but American ingenuity and perseverance have demonstrated that it was not only probable but possible." Detroit Free Press, April 30, 1892 Introduction To complete the series of blog posts on early submarines developed and tested on … Continue reading The Hard Luck Submarine: The Baker Submarine Boat