Tall Ship

Tall Ships

What is a “tall ship” anyway? How tall does a ship have to be? A tall ship is not actually any specific kind of vessel, but the term usually refers…

Sea Crawfish

Sea Crawfish

By Richard King Daniel Defoe based some of his novel Robinson Crusoe (1719) on the real-life experience of a Scottish sailor named Andrew Selkirk, who was marooned on one of…

Quahog Reseeding Project With Local Shellfish Harvesters

Marine Biologist, Lab Owner, Aquaculturist

Darcie’s quahog reseeding project with local shellfish harvesters. Marine Biologist, Lab Owner, Aquaculturist From mudflats, to coastal islands, to offshore waters, Darcie Couture’s work environment changes on a day-to-day basis—sometimes…


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?

Lebreton Engraving

Today, shipyards have a number of ways to get a ship out of water, either by hauling it out or by floating it into a basin and the water pumped out.

Historically though, sea captains would careen their vessels in shallow water by either heaving it over on its side while it was still afloat or by anchoring in shallow water at high tide and then waiting for the tide to go out. The vessel would touch bottom, and, as the tide went out, lay over on its side.

How does one go about getting a ship, especially a big ship, high and dry out of the water today?

Learn more at A Ship Out of Water