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A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships

 A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships

There have been numerous instances of ships found adrift with no one on board. Four such ghost ships are featured here. See more »

A Brief History of Diving Technology

 A Brief History of Diving Technology

Humans have always longed to explore underwater, but the need to breathe air has been an obstacle. From as far back as the 4th century B.C.E., clever inventors have been designing technology to give us face time with the creatures of the sea. See more »

The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

 The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

We love to talk about shipwrecks, but Violet Jessop was a shipwreck survivor -- several times over. She traveled the world aboard some of the most famous ocean liners of all time. See more »

Unearthed! Franklin's Lost Expedition

 Unearthed! Franklin's Lost Expedition

On September 1, 2014, a team of searchers discovered artifacts from the Franklin Expedition. Over the course of seven dives, additional artifacts from the Erebus were recovered. See more »

Christmas Tree Ship

 Christmas Tree Ship

It’s a Christmas episode, a shipwreck and a ghost story rolled into one! It’s the story of the the Rouse Simmons, which sank in Lake Michigan while hauling a load of Christmas trees to Chicago. See more »

Henry Hudson, Part 2

 Henry Hudson, Part 2

This episode picks up in the middle of Hudson's thrid voyage, as the Half Moon is making its way down North America's east coast. As Hudson doggedly pursues the idea of a northern sea route from Europe to Asia, he makes a number of poor decisions. See more »

Henry Hudson, Part 1

 Henry Hudson, Part 1

Henry Hudson's voyages have all the makings of a juicy episode: maritime exploration, horrible treatment of indigenous peoples, treacherous waters, treacherous shipmen, a mercenary switch in loyalties to countries, mutiny -- even a mermaid sighting. See more »

The Sinking of the S-5

 The Sinking of the S-5

1920, the S-5 left the Boston Navy Yard on its first mission, with a crew of 36 officers and enlisted men. While performing a crash dive as part of a performance evaluation, the crew found themselves on a sinking vessel. See more »

Dazzle Camouflage

 Dazzle Camouflage

British Royal Navy lieutenant and artist Norman Wilkinson is usually credited with the idea of disruptive camouflage. But, another man, naturalist John Graham Kerr, claimed that he had the idea three years earlier. See more »

The Discovery of Longitude

 The Discovery of Longitude

People have known how to find their north-south position even before we had the idea of “latitude."" But once people lost sight of land, they didn’t have reliable way of figuring out how far east or west they’d gone – how to measure their longitude. See more »