Cornelia B. Windgate

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Great Lakes Ghost Ship: the Cornelia B. Windiate By Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Did you know that one of the busiest waterways in North America is on…


White Sturgeon

By Richard King For five wet, cold, lonely years in the early 1800s, a young Irishman named Ross Cox traded for furs among the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest.…


United States Navy Deck Seaman

Right now, the US Navy employs a total of 633,037* people (active duty, reserves, and civilians); that’s more than the population of Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, or Washington, DC! The navy…

Lewis And Clark

Lewis and Clarks’ Iron “Experiment”

Lewis and Clarks’ Iron “Experiment” “…my greatest difficulty was the frame of the canoe, which could not be completed without my personal attention.” — Meriwether Lewis, 20 April 1803 Lewis…


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