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Ship or Boat? What’s In a Name?

Look up the word “boat” on Merriam-Webster’s online thesaurus, and you’ll find more than 140 synonyms and related words. Type in the word “ship” and you’ll get almost 3 dozen,…

Sea Otter Mother And Baby

Sea Otter

By Richard King Scott O’Dell’s famous young-adult novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, tells the tale of a Native American girl named Karana. She lives alone on San Nicolas Island,…

Russ Green

Cultural Resource Manager

Cultural Resource Manager, Russ Green Russ Green is the Deputy Superintendent and Research Coordinator at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. The United States has fourteen National…


Vessels, Casks, and Containers

Vessels Within Vessels Have you ever found a message in a bottle? For centuries, people have transported items on the seas. Messages in bottles are usually sent for fun. Most…


Did You Know?

Ship Worm Clam

Damage to wood by the shipworm clam was often extensive enough to sink a ship!

As a tiny larva floating in the ocean, the clam lands on the hull or piling of a ship and immediately begins to grind into the surface of the wood with its shells.

How did Christopher Columbus and other mariners protect their ships from the shipworm?

Learn more at Ship “Worm” Clam