Up-close and brutal footage of World War II merchant ship: the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa

New York Times video: Up-Close and brutal video footage: the SS Gairsoppa, a British merchant ship that lies 300 miles off the coast of Ireland, 3 miles deeper than the Titanic. In 1941, a Nazi torpedo tore a hole in … Continue reading

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An interesting idea to model the collision of Titanic with an iceberg

  My Facebook fan and  avid ” shipwreck aficionado”, Doug Kitchener, asked me  if  anyone has thought of building a model of the Titanic in order to study the impact with  an iceberg.  He also asked me to propose this … Continue reading

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“I don’t know why the Titanic sank.”–PH Nargeolet, Director of the Underwater Research Program for RMS Titanic, Inc

Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Director of the Underwater Research Program for RMS Titanic, Inc., expressed his  fortright assessment during a meeting with the  national marine forensics committee for SNAME ( Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) Marine forensic scientists-explorers continue to … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a cruise line lecturer

  My friend and fellow Andrea Doria survivor  has obviously overcome any fear of ocean travel– if he ever had any! Klaus Dorneich of  Stuttgart, Germany,  shared these  anecdotes with me.  He and his wife Hilly  continue to travel the … Continue reading

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Appointment to National Marine Forensics Committee

I’m proud to announce that I have been appointed member of the national marine forensics committee for SNAME. ( The Society of Naval architects and Marine Engineers). http://www.sname.org/Home/   Home – Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers www.sname.org  

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Anniversary of the S.S. Morro Castle

September 8, was the anniversary of one of the most mysterious sea disasters ever to occur. In the early hours of September 8 1934, cruise ship S. S. Morro Castle, caught fire and burned off the New Jersey coast while … Continue reading

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A short lesson on appreciating ancient ship construction

I received this unique lesson on  the first ships ever built from hydrodynamicist (one  who studies wave action) Sean Kery.  It’s fascinating,  even for a non-naval architect! I recently finished a book called Uncorking the past that traces the invention … Continue reading

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