USS Constitution 1997

USS Constitution’s Crew

  USS Constitution was one of the first six ships built for the new United States Navy in 1797. Constitution, a wooden ship, is often called “Old Ironsides,” a nickname…


Oarfish: harmless fish or deadly sea serpent?

If you go sailing in Scandinavian waters using Olaus Magnus’s 1539 map titled Carta Marina, or “Map of the Sea,” you might want to keep a sharp lookout for sea…

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?

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