On April 28, 1947, the Kon-Tiki raft expedition departs on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia

Kon-Tiki was the name given to the Sun God by the ancient Peruvians. Hence, it was an appropriate name for the expedition from the port of Callao,Peru, on April 28, 1947 on a raft designed to reassemble as closely as … Continue reading

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What is a marine scientist?

Definition of Marine Scientist for the layperson, as provided by my friend, hydrodynamicist Sean Kery, of the Society of Naval architects and Marine Engineers. Someone who uses the Scientific Method to solve technical problems in the Marine Environment.   For the … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day!

More than 70% of our planet is covered by water.  Let’s ask ourselves, “Am I making a difference to enhance, protect and invest in the quality of life for future generations of this planet we named Earth?” If each of … Continue reading

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America’s worst harbor explosion

On April 16, 1947, America’s worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions … Continue reading

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Titanic anniversary: the talk is all about the rivets

It is as clear as the waters of the North Atlantic were the Titanic sank 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland:  what sank the “unsinkable”  Titanic is  rivet failure.  Recovered rivets from  the 12,000 foot deep wreck  show that the ones … Continue reading

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1830s Sloop Discovered off Saugatuck

April 5, 2011 Stern of Mystery Ship, photo by Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates Through Absolute Michigan we found out about a cool discovery off South Haven by Holland-based Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates in collaboration with nationally acclaimed author Clive Cussler and his … Continue reading

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The status of the Gulf post BP oil spill

It is clear that the Gulf will survive but it is very unclear what long-term damage has been done to the ecosystem.   As scientists from both BP and the government are collecting data,they are also preparing for their day in … Continue reading

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Alcatel ship to retrieve Air France crash wreckage

PARIS The French air accident investigation agency says a ship belonging to telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent will help retrieve wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago. They will use a robotic underwater vehicle … Continue reading

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Wreckage of Air France crash of 2009 is found

French investigators say they’ve found wreckage from an Air France jet that crashed off Brazil’s coast almost two years ago with 228 people onboard.  An undetermined amount of bodies have been found.  Whether they are recovered are not is the … Continue reading

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International Marine Forensics Symposium: call for papers

The symposium, scheduled for April 3-5 of 2012  in Washington DC is looking for scientific papers on the following topics  that  are not yet  assigned: Historical shipwrecks  ?  merchant/commercial ships Andrea Doria (Pierette Simpson and Bill Garzke) Titanic Hull Failure … Continue reading

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